I wanted to let you know why I'm boycotting blip on Friday 15th May.
As a user / lover of Blip I feel let down by the integration with Imeem.
Before those deals were struck, Blipping new tracks was a much simpler experience. Now I’m having to watch out for and circumvent the Imeem tracks in the list.
This gets frustrating when blipping new tracks, but is even more frustrating when listening to everyone else’s tracks.
Blip, for me, isn’t about putting on the music I want to listen to (I could use iTune, Last.fm or Spotify for that) it’s about discovering new music suggested by like-minded people. For that, I’d be prepared to pay, look at and click on adverts or have the occasional short interruption. What I’m not prepared to do is listen to 30 secs worth of a track, especially if I know that the intended purpose from the person putting it on is for others to hear the whole thing.
For now, I’m not going to abandon Blip as I’ve invested a lot of time and effort into building up a good list of people who have similar musical taste, but I am unhappy about the Imeem integration and would like to see some concessions made toward users outside of the US. Whether that’s flagging of Imeem tracks in the blip list or, preferably, Imeem abandoned.
Please Blip team - make the right (not rights) choice and stay true to your original vision for the site.
As a protest I will not be blipping any music on Friday 15th May and will be encouraging my fellow blippers to do likewise.