A Long Tail Without Good Filters Is Just Noise

Michael Giberson

Ain’t it the truth? The local Hollywood Video appears reasonably well stocked. It isn’t Netflix deep, or anything, but when I go looking for something a little off the beaten track I am not always dissappointed. For example, they have Ken Loach’s Land and Freedom (1995), but not the Argentine confidence game movie Nueve Reinas (2000). So they’ve got some good stuff, but if I wander in without a list in hand I can easily be reduced to a dull stupor trying to find something to watch.

However, the source of my title is a post by Long Tail blogger Chris Anderson in which he argues the case against the new Apple iPod Shuffle. Anderson’s absolutely right, “a Long Tail without good filters is just noise.”


5 thoughts on “A Long Tail Without Good Filters Is Just Noise

  1. Give the iPod Shuffle a chance

    Chris Anderson of The Long Tail writes: Now, I know that the shuffle feature can be turned off and you can load the device with any playlist you want. But then it’s just another mini music player, save the quite…

  2. Give the iPod Shuffle a chance

    Chris Anderson of The Long Tail writes: Now, I know that the shuffle feature can be turned off and you can load the device with any playlist you want. But then it’s just another mini music player, save the quite…

  3. Give the iPod Shuffle a chance

    Chris Anderson of The Long Tail writes: Now, I know that the shuffle feature can be turned off and you can load the device with any playlist you want. But then it’s just another mini music player, save the quite…

  4. Give the iPod Shuffle a chance

    Chris Anderson of The Long Tail writes: Now, I know that the shuffle feature can be turned off and you can load the device with any playlist you want. But then it’s just another mini music player, save the quite…

  5. Absolutely right on the money. And here I thought it was just me that was sick of hearing half the tunes in the repetoire (sp?).

    The entire thrill of great technology is that you don’t have to get up, walk over to the turn table, lift the arm, and try to move the needle to a track you like without damaging the record while gently and precisely dropping it on the empty spot between songs.

    I can’t imagine what those guys at Apple were thinking. Why buy something that will simply annoy you?

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