Five years go by and lo and behold a crop of new companies take form. (MOG, iLike, Pandora, etc). These companies use everything from music collections, stated preferences, to actual listening behavior as a means to connect you with people like yourself, suggest new music, and even personalize web portals and media applications. Sound familiar? It should. And, they are getting funding along the lines of those companies a half decade earlier.
I hope these new folks succeed. I hope the music, film and TV industries continue to experiment. But its amazing that the same business ideas (and models) can appear in two different decades. We’ll see if fate plays a different card this time around.