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Since I seem to be on Friendster and Orkut and junk for no reason these days I was reading about some other social networks and the most interesting one I saw was Songbuddy which tries to connect people based on links to music:

SongBuddy is a new way to find music that’s already available on the Internet. By finding songs on bands’ and labels’ sites and sharing the address of those songs with your friends, you can explore music you’ll love that you wouldn’t hear anywhere else. So sign up, make some friends and list some music. You won’t even need to install any software, SongBuddy works with your current media player.

The site runs incredibly slow for me for some reason so I can’t check it out much or represent for myself and my music, but I very much dig the idea. I remember watching something on the Discovery channel a while back that claimed there’s no evolutionary use for music except for helping build communities.

Posted on - February 1, 2004 [at] 5:54 pm by Brad
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5 Comments on this post

dcomposed on SongBuddy
February 1, 2004 at 6:10 pm

So they direct link and steal everyone’s bandwidth?

Brad on SongBuddy
February 1, 2004 at 6:14 pm

Yeah I think that’s pretty much the deal.

George on SongBuddy
February 1, 2004 at 11:52 pm

Thank you for your kind write-up about SongBuddy. I’m sorry you found it slow, it’s currently in beta and I haven’t optimized all the queries yet. If there are specific parts of the site that are slow I’d be happy to look into those pages. Hopefully this will improve over time.

As for direct linking: it’s either direct linking to mp3s or mirror every mp3 submitted, the latter has many more copyright problems. If a site doesn’t want to be included, they can use robots.txt to opt out (which is why you don’t see an songs from on the site) and the user agent of my mp3 checker bot leaves the URL for the FAQ that tells them how to opt out.

I am trying to be a good citizen, but at the same time I have to assume that if you put something on the web you don’t have a problem with people linking to it.

Brad on SongBuddy
February 2, 2004 at 12:00 am

Hey George, very cool about the robots.txt thing. I think that’s enough to shut up anybody complaining about “bandwidth theft”. Please index anything on my site if you can, that would rock. Get in touch via email if there’s anything you need from me to make that happen.

I’m on a new ISP and some sites load bizarrely slow, so it may just be my connection. I showed the site to a few friends and they didn’t complain. Too bad I can’t see it.

George on SongBuddy
February 2, 2004 at 9:08 am

The site doesn’t really work as a search engine, it’s not out there crawling every MP3 it can find. Instead, it only adds songs that people add to their Catalogs. Feel free to add all your songs to your Catalog so that people will see them in the system.

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