> It's a fad. A program to be superseded like spell checkers > were incorporated into word processors, like Microsoft wrote > its own browser to kill Netscape. But right now, IT FEELS SO GOOD! > > Here's the story. A guy wrote a program that searches > YouTube and Last.fm and creates a Web-based Spotify. Free. > Until the rights holders find some way to tear it town. Soon. > > Unfortunately, you need an invitation. But if you had one > you'd be e-mailing absolutely everybody you know, you > wouldn't be able to sign off, your significant other would be > begging you come to bed, you'd be forgoing meals, SINCE IT'S > SO DAMN COOL! > > First level: Popular In The U.S. > > Imagine a chart where you could see what everybody else is > listening to and hear it immediately. The rights holders' > worst nightmare. They want you to WAIT! As if every time > you clicked on a link in your browser you had to wade through > a commercial. Better yet, if the Internet was not > interactive at all, if you could only watch it, like television. > > We live in a social, networked world. I ain't gonna tune in > your radio station and listen to your music, but I will fire > up Tubeify and play a few snippets of what you're listening > to JUST TO BE CLUED IN, JUST TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON! > > But that's not the true attraction, that's not why I'm > writing this. The secret sauce is Time Travel. > > Come on, you do this all the time in your mind. Into the > past. And what do they say, music is the soundtrack to your > life? What if you could instantly jet back to yesterday and > listen to those songs you know so well from the radio. > > Of course you can do this yourself. > > You can buy a Joel Whitburn book, search "Billboard" charts > online...and then surf to find the specific tracks. Which > will take you fucking FOREVER, to the point where you won't. > That's the key to Tubeify. By making it easy, by giving it > context, it makes music FUN! > > You remember FUN, right? That thing that puts a smile on > your face? That makes you feel great about being alive? > > So, after logging into Tubeify and clicking on "Top Charts > With Time Travel" on the right-hand side of your browser > window you're confronted with... > > Are you a Mac user? > > Please, if you're not, buy a machine, it's pretty cheap, then > you'll know what I'm talking about. > > Macs have a backup feature entitled "Time Machine". You hook > up an extra hard drive and it automatically backs up your > computer. Entirely. Hell, you can even do it wirelessly! > Believe me, it pays, my Seagate crashed two months ago... > > Anyway, when you launch Time Machine, on the right-hand side > of the screen you see a timeline... The Tubeify timeline is > identical. You navigate to the era you want to investigate. > > Let me put it this way. Do you want to see/hear the top hits > of any fucking era of your LIFETIME? > > 2010 is winding down. The days are short and in a winter > mood I'm reflecting, and I go back to 1966 and... > > I hear all the songs that were hits then. > > Then 1965. > > And the memories are flowing back. Songs I know but don't > think about. Jay & the Americans' "Let's Lock The Door (And > Throw Away The Key)"? THAT WAS A HIT WHEN WE WERE AT THE CONCORD! > > My parents were burned out on Vermont, when we went over > Christmas the skiing got rained out. So they booked us into > this Catskills venue with a piss-poor ski area and tons of > other activities. Like a nightclub. Outside of which they > played tunes, LIKE THIS ONE! > > P.S. It rained and we lost a day of skiing anyway! > > Better yet is "I'm A Believer". That was a hit at > Christmastime 1966. I STILL HAVEN'T BURNED OUT ON IT! > > Shit, I'm listening to Sam the Sham, Paul Revere's "Good > Thing", "Downtown", this is cooler than any movie, any TV > show, IT'S FUCKING FANTASTIC! > > You see we live in an era of chaos. And Tubeify makes it > comprehensible. > > The rights holders shouldn't kill it, they should AUTHORIZE > IT! Load it up with ads, make a killing during its brief > lifetime, before it's superseded by something else, like > everything is online. Did you read that MySpace is for sale? > > Warner complained that Activision was paying too little for > "Guitar Hero" songs. And now "Guitar Hero" IS DEAD! > > Online is not about saying no, it's about saying YES! > > I know, that's hard to fathom for people who need order, who > insist on control. But we lost control ten years ago, when > everybody got a high speed connection and went in his own > direction, willy-nilly. Embrace the new world. There's > nothing in any other art form to compete. You couldn't have > a Tubeify of movies or television, it just wouldn't work, > they're long form art forms. Whereas music is BITE-SIZED! > > It'll spread like wildfire. > > But the rights holders will kill it. > > Spotify embraces Facebook. Everything's coming together as > opposed to falling apart. > > I'm looking at a chart from 1965, week 6. Number 1 is > "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'". But number 2 is > "Downtown"! I won't pull it up independently, but in > context, as a memory of junior high school, IT KILLS! > > Ditto for Jewel Akens' "The Birds And The Bees", number 40 this week. > > "Goldfinger" is number 85. Remember lining up to see this > movie? Remember when they flipped the pool table over to > reveal a model of Fort Knox? > > "He Was Really Sayin' Something"... I haven't heard this in DECADES! > > And not only is there the chart numbers, but a popularity > rating, so those who may not have been alive back then can > see what really is the fan favorite, chart numbers don't > always tell the story. Number 1 is "I Feel Fine"! And you > can see the YouTube clip RIGHT IN THE WINDOW! > > It's like I'm right back in Connecticut, in 7th Grade. I can > see the halls of my junior high, family vacations, people who > are dead have come back to life. THIS IS FANTASTIC!