Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google gave his thoughts about Apple’s new digital streaming service, and was particularly harsh about its use of real, human DJs and curated playlists instead of relying entirely on algorithms to help users discover new music. In his own words:
“To give just one example: a decade ago, to launch a digital music service, you probably would have enlisted a handful of elite taste-makers to pick the hottest new music.
Today, you’re much better off building a smart system that can learn from the real world – what actual listeners are most likely to like next – and help you predict who and where the next Adele might be.”
Strong words – forward thinking to some, technologically-determinist to others. Full story available at The Drum.