Title pretty much says it all. I think that the networks are great but it would be much easier to get a feel for the heavy rotation I want if I could just add all of my favorite labels to my watch list. I know there is a "Play Station" option but maybe there are 4 or 5 labels I would want in one station without having to add this all to my collection. Maybe custom stations?
I personally would like this :-)
We don't have any plans to implement a feature that would allow users to follow record labels from their label pages, but thanks for letting us know you'd like to see this option available. I'll mention this to the rest of the team.
I'd also like to point out that some record labels have set up and manage their own Rdio accounts for you to follow. Many of them do a good job of updating their collections with all their current artists and releases that are available. You might want to search for some of your favorite labels in a "People" search, to see if they have an account set up that you can follow.
Thanks again for sharing, and please feel free to let us know of any other questions or feature request you might have.
Thanks for the Reply Mike. The record labels as "people" is a good suggestion. I have looked into this a little bit. For example, Astralwerks is a suggested person to follow but immediately we have some problems with using this. when I look up an Astralwerks artist like Hot Chip, and go to the Label with all the artists, there is no way to know that Astralwerks - Caroline is associated with a person who I could follow. Not to mention when I look up Chemical Brothers album Dig Your Own Hole, it is on another instance of Astralwerks but that is a different issue. Kill Rock Stars. There they have the actual name as the person Kill Rock Stars but still no indication there is a person there. Maybe if there were options for a label to link to their personal account and have it show up on the page it could be a start.
I am still a new user but the main reason to do any of the peopple following for me is to get access to the heavy rotation pool that is created by that. With the site's current functionality, I could see creating separate spoof accounts that have different genres in the collection and then never using them accept to follow them on my main account and unfollow the other ones that are outside of genre when I want a specific style of heavy rotation. Am I understanding how following works correctly? Would this work theoretically?
I did read on one of the other suggested threads that you are perfecting the implementation of genres but a method to be able to filter what is in my heavy rotation pool quickly without having to unfollow people would be a much easier task without having to implement Pandora style "musical genomes", whatever that means.
Right now, I am mostly just following XLR8R because they have the most electronic music on it and that is what I want to discover in the heavy rotation pool. Do I want indie rock and other kinds of music? Sometimes, but not if I am just trying to find a random electronic music album. Consequently, I am not following any of the people who are more indie rock focused like Kill Rockstars or AV Club or whatever. I could try following individuals but that is kinda weird to me and who knows when they are going to crap up the heavy rotation pool.
I hope you consider this since the real advantage I see your site having is the ability to discover music with things like the "suggested artists" feature but once I have found all these new artists I have to keep looking for more rather than using them in a separate pool. Why not create the heavy rotation list based on playlists (or something similar like a "genre" pool) and your heavy rotation pool is then based on everyone else's lists that have that artist? Who knows, maybe this is EXACTLY how you are going to try and implement genres.
TL;DR: Please add more filtering abilities to discover new albums with heavy rotation.
I'm not entirely sure how the 'spoof account' idea would actually work out, as I've not tried, but I believe the users you're following would have to actually listen to the music in their collections for it to be factored into the heavy rotation. I don't think accounts without a Listening History will factor into the Heavy Rotation very much at all.
Genre browsing is something we're planning to incorporate down the line, but we want to make sure it's done the right way (and with the best metadata possible in place first). We're in the process of improving our metadata, the recommendations generator, and similar artists, and this will contribute to getting Genres better integrated.
I'll share your request to connect label pages with the associated account with the team; thanks for all your feedback, and feel free to let us know if you ever have any comments or questions in the future.
tl;dr: +100000000 for this suggestion.
I've always thought of labels as being "super curators" for music. I remember fondly, the days you could go into a record store and browse by label. That's basically the most fruitful way to discover music for me. Also consider that you can have 5 curators with exactly the same music taste, but only in specific circumstances can more than one label have the rights to a copyrighted material, so browsing by label reduces redundancy, also.
I want to be able to follow a label as well.