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Knopf & Tunes – now Easton Ellis crew unite

While I was not guarding the Booktunes backdoor – Tuesday’s are my Freshcotton days – publisher Knopf managed to make a nice page about the music in some of their books! Great, while producing T-shirts for the coolest book & music fest in Holland, it became clear to me why Knopf / Random House does not respond to my emails about our plans on the soundtrack to Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From The Goonsquad.

The one thing I worry about, is the fact that their 8tracks collabo offers a way to listen to the songs directly. At Booktunes we are currently racking our brains on this one. Should we go for streaming audio, online radio, logon to Spotify or stick with Steve?

One of the many things I do not worry about is the quality of the Booktunes content and the way it adds to the info that is already online. One of the things we should never worry about is a big publisher that, after giving positive response on our site where we discuss some of their titles, sets up a lame Booktunes alternative. Please Knopf, reply my last mail and let’s work on something better.

Okay, one more thing I do worry about: They do offer soundtracks to Easton Ellis’ books, we don’t. Maurice warned me, Ytje warned me.. but hey we are just too late. And that was exactly what Mina and I have been working on this afternoon: streamlining the Booktunes site & crew.

Join the Easton Ellis crew and write up some worthy articles on his books!


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Booktunes & Spotify?

‘As of today, Spotify is making it possible for everyone to take their playlists with them in one lean, green music machine.’ So what’s the big difference with iTunes, apart from the free listening possibilies (+) and the not as large library (-)? Seems like the service is becoming a serious thread for Apple’s iTunes now – not just because we@booktunes are finally taking some time to sort out the pros and cons of this revolutionary green tool.

I remember when people first pointed out this service to me. I was too busy embedding iTunes iMixes into the Booktunes site to pay ome proper attention to the free service with a small library broadcasting adds between songs. Now, getting tired of the ever changing iTunes terms, Apple narrowing down the iMix possibilities, the growing possibilities offered by Spotify and the expanding of the service itself lead me to this question:

Should we move from iTunes to a combination of Spotify (EU) and, for the time being, Grooveshark (US)?

Through Gizmodo, Kat Hannaford tells me this:

‘I’ve shared the playlist with dozens of people by sending the URL to them, which then opens their desktop program and loads it there for their listening pleasure. They can contribute to it, if you’ve created a collaborative playlist, or if you’d prefer people not tinker with your choons you can set them as so too.’

Perfect, isn’t it?

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