ONE YEAR AGO, I started using Blip.fm, a social music site. I don't spend enough time with the free service offered Blip.fm because I let a paid subscription with Last.fm dominate my audio life. Blip.fm has evolved during the past year. A lot of the music I annotated as favourites has dropped off the system because it arrived as fan tracks. Blip.fm now links to YouTube videos (good music and some of the best artist videos for the tracks) and there's something to be said for that model. Where I teach online social networking, I award max marks in one continuous assessment task to people who have a Blip.fm playlist that extends beyond 100 tracks. As some people have discovered, having 100 favourite tracks marked and displayed today does not mean those 100 tracks will be in the cloud for listening in a week's time. I've culled most of my playlist and synced it to my iPod. In fact, I've bought nearly every track on my Blip.fm playlist, some both as in cassette tracks and CD collections. Here's an audio snippet of the most recent ones I've faved at the same fidelty served by Blip.fm:
I'm topgold on Blip.fm and on Last.fm.
Direct link to last three Blips: