The Web Is My Jukebox: Songbird On Web 2.0 Voices

September 9th, 2006 |
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SAN FRANCISCO, September 9, 2006 (PodTech News) — Anyone who calls his company Pioneers of the Inevitable has got to be either deluded or a visionary. Rob Lord is clearly the latter. He’s worked on projects and started companies, including Winamp, that have been acquired by AOL and Yahoo. In a loft he calls the “songbird nest” in San Francisco’s Mission district, the serial digital media entrepreneur is quietly incubating his latest, and potentially greatest, project. Songbird aims to play not just media, but the entire media web. PodTech’s Catherine Girardeau talked with Rob at the Atlas Cafe to find out more.

REPORTER’S NOTES: I had to leave a fascinating sidetrack to our discussion about Apple, U2’s Bono, and the iTunes empire on the cutting room floor. Read some chatter on that on the Playlist blog. Boing boing posted on Songbird when its song was just eking out into the blogosphere. Other media players mentioned in this interview — and well worth checking out — are Pandora and Last FM. LastFM was recommended to me by Digg’s Kevin Rose in our Web 2.0 voices interview on this show a couple of weeks ago. Tune into some talk about them here.

— Catherine Girardeau

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