Monday, April 20, 2009

We Are Hunted

We Are Hunted is a new music aggregation site that has been getting a lot of buzz in the last few days. It aggregates mentions of music from social networks, blogs, forums, torrents, P2P networks, and twitter to produce a daily, weekly and monthly chart the 99 most popular songs online.

For example, two tracks by The Streets are currently in the top 9, following the free release of some new material by him on twitter last week. (In fact Mike Skinner seems to be doing lots online. Might do a special post on him later).

But others have complained that We Are Hunted is too random, and doesn't really capture what is happening, as it does not use any data from YouTube. For one thing there's no Susan Boyle, who is certainly the most talked about singer online this week, this month, this year.

More specifically, Jesse Cannon at MusFormation basically rops them a new one by saying:

"Anyone who knows anything about music listening on the web knows that the majority of Internet music listening is done on YouTube and Myspace. Until this site figures in YouTube, it is totally inaccurate. Take for example a song like Brokencyde's "Schizophrenia" which has been played 4 MILLLION times (2 Million on myspace alone) in the last 90 days, you are now telling me that Dj Mehdi (66,000 myspace plays) compares to that???? Not plausible! Let's take it bigger Beyonce "Halo" with 20 Million plays in the last 100 or so days on YouTube alone."

To which one of the founders responds:

"Thanks for your review. Tough but fair. We know we have a lot of work in front of us. We'll do our best to improve."

& for that reason, with others, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. One to watch.

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