This month, there’s a new PS3 YouTube app that’s worth checking out. It’s even better coupled with an iPhone, because you can use the phone’s improved touch-screen interface as a remote control, resulting in an impressive synergy of technologies. The PS3 controller seems ridiculously clumsy in comparison.
YouTube dominates video, but it’s increasingly popular as a primary music source, too. Several articles have popped up of late indicating a switch from buying and maintaining iTunes libraries to the use of free services like Pandora, Spotify and YouTube. It’s an interesting trend, and the low-cost aspect is attractive, but before I chuck my 60+ GB collection, let’s run a quick spot-check and test a few relatively obscure items unlikely to have been on YouTube years past:
There are a few versions available with some nice photos and artwork. Check.
Knife Party — Ride Little Pony
Anthrax — The Devil You Know
NOFX — She’s Gone
Live version and lots of covers! No studio version.
Juliana Hatfield — If Only We Were Dogs
Nope. Lots of Juliana, but not this tune.
That’s a limited sample hit-rate of about one half. Not yet a replacement for the iTunes library, but a solid augmentation at lower sound quality at least. From a practical standpoint, YouTube has far more truly entertaining content than anyone could ever digest in a single lifetime, so I’m being picky, but even my pickiness will be satiated before too long. Coupled with even more ubiquitous internet access, music-as-a-service will ultimately make iTunes library collections an antiquated concept, but just as vinyl is still around and fills a niche, MP3 hoards will probably never die.