Have you ever wondered why you hear so many crappy songs on the radio?

This is an interesting article on social effects increasing the popularity of songs. It shows why “better” songs are not neccessarily the most popular.

More broadly, the article is about the “network effect”, and how it can affect products that do not need networks in order to function.

I have always thought that if membership-based music models, such as Rhapsody and Napster, built up their social networking capabilities, they would be a real force in the music business… besides being a really fun place to spend your time online.

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