omg u r turning into myspace STOP IT

As if it wasn’t tacky enough allowing autoplaying YouTube clips, wordpress.com bloggers now have the option to inflict autoplaying mp3s upon us. Thanks a bunch.

You just know that if this were a livejournal news post there would have been 1087 comments along the lines of ‘please stop turning into MySpace’. whereas here we get 96 saying ‘sweet! can we have Coldplay?’ This may be because most of the people on livejournal have been on the internet long enough to have seen this crap the first time round. Just because we are now sufficiently technologically advanced to have background mp3s rather than background midis doesn’t make the concept any less sucky.

As a matter of interest, Sonific have at least two blogs on here showcasing their widgets. From their FAQ:

How does Sonific make money?
Among other things, Sonific makes money by offering targeted and strictly contextual advertising (i.e. by offering ads that are related to the music that is being presented), and by collecting commissions from e-commerce transactions that happen after people click on the SongSpots™ and buy the song, CD, concert ticket, music player or subscription service.

Somebody needs to explain to me how setting up multiple blogs with your own profit-generating widgets is different from displaying affiliate ads. Because images in the sidebar which takes you to a page where you can buy the product look a hell of a lot like an ad to me, with the sole difference that the commission goes to Sonific rather than the blog owner. So does that mean I’m OK to host ads now, as long as the person profiting from them isn’t me?

Either way, I’ve reported them as spam. We’ll see what happens.

19 Comments »

  1. shorty114 said

    Wow, that’s going to be annoying. Greasemonkey anyone?

    This is like the 90’s web… autoplaying crappy music.

  2. adam said

    don’t flickr and meebo also make money off advertising? why does this widget make you conflicted, but not those? for that matter, youtube/google also make money off contextual advertising.

    sure, autoplaying is bad. but i have a hard time seeing that as anything other than a bug inside an otherwise oft-requested feature.

  3. engtech said

    I love having no soundcard.🙂

  4. If I click on a flickr photo it doesn’t take me to a link to buy the photo. If I click on a youtube video it doesn’t take me to a link to buy the video. My issue isn’t so much with the possibility of ads being served inside the widget, it’s with the fact that the widget itself is an ad.

    What I’m really asking for is somebody to explain how a Sonific affiliate link to buy a CD is different from an Amazon affiliate link to buy a CD. Yes, the distinction is that Sonific benefit from this and the blogger makes nothing, but when Sonific themselves are starting up blogs here and slapping songspots on them, that distinction no longer exists, and they should be subject to the same rules as the rest of us.

    Unless, of course, they are friends with Matt😉

  5. mark said

    I have no idea if they are friends with Matt or even what Matt thinks of the two blogs. I haven’t asked him and wouldn’t have thought to.

    The two blogs are almost test blogs. The barest of blogs that have been started just to test. If they have a blog here with their name on then why not – it’s their name.

    And if someone wants to post a “tune to set the mood” for each post – I’m sure that will happen – then if they are clicked…. I just did and I see two really small links.

    If the blogs were commercial then I would concede that – I’m sure you know I would. But these two? no… even on my meanest of “I’m out to get spammers” days I couldn’t get them.

  6. […] lest you think that my tolerance for autoplaying music on wordpress.com comes from an egalitarian respect for mass customization, you should know that i am one of those people who has a myspace profile for their cat. Now stop judging and go make friends with sparky.  or she’ll stick her asshole in your face.  actually, she’ll probably do that anyway.  deal. […]

  7. Cena said

    Seen the latest imbroglio?

    http://acko.net/blog/wordpress-com-copies-drupal-theme

  8. […] Autoplay Music anyone? I’m not the only that thinks this is appalling. So how much did Sonorific pay to get their widget on the service then??? and to be fair it will probably happen [back] […]

  9. timethief said

    I hate, loathe and despise autoplay music. Nothing other than tacky advertising will send me clicking out of a blog faster than autoplay music will. And have you noticed how those folks who have it also have their blogs covered with advertising. You’re right on wank. OMG we’re turning into myspaces – YUCK!

  10. Collin said

    Well, apparently no-one had told TPTB that you could autoplay the Sonorific songspot. Donncha left a comment on my blog saying he didn’t know. Hopefully they will investigate and do something about it.🙂

  11. gleonhard said

    Gerd Leonhard, Sonific CEO here. My first comment: you can turn the autoplay OFF for all of our tracks – in fact that is what most users do that have a more diverse audience. Just place the SongSpot in the top part of the sidebar and let your visitors make their own choices if they want to hear it or not. Also: Sonific.com will never have ads in these players — all the commercial stuff comes AFTER you click on the music, the SongSpots are just music players. Sonific generates $ from what people do on these pages (i.e. buy downloads etc). Many sites, btw, are using more laid-back, quiet music, which seems to work well depending on what kind of site you run, of course. Thanks for all the good comments!

  12. I’m perfectly aware that you can turn autoplay off. My objection (and I’m not alone in this) is to the fact that people can turn autoplay on.

    BTW, I’ve deleted the gratuitous link to your splog. Try that again and you’ll be fed to Akismet🙂

  13. Joe said

    I’m glad I don’t use WordPress.com…🙂

  14. nectarine said

    I’m not a wordpress.com person. I host my blog myself. So I’m confused. Why does it matter the someone made available a widget that allows autoplay?
    If people host their own blogs they can also do this and a lot more annoying things. WordPress.com doesn’t pretend to be a social networking site. It’s primarily a blog hosting service.

    In fact if I have a wordpress blog hosted elsewhere it interacts with wordpress.com blogs just as seemlessly as if I host it here.

    The blogosphere in general has access to these kinds of widgets but it usually uses them in good taste. At least the ones I read.
    Don’t people just not read the blogs that annoy them?

  15. um, is there any special reason why you’re commenting on an eight-month-old post about wordpress.com when you’re not even on wordpress.com?

    People who are savvy enough to host their own blogs are generally also savvy enough to know that annoying things are annoying. The entry bar for hosted services is much lower. We have a lot of nine-year-olds here, though officially we’re not allowed to say so.

  16. nectarine said

    Ah, I didn’t notice it was that old. In fact I have no idea how I found this post. It’s funny where you end up when browsing aimlessly.

  17. Root said

    WW: What is the point of a search function if folk can’t comment on old posts?🙂

  18. Search function is so I can exhume old posts and point at them a year later saying ‘see? I told you so!’

  19. […] people wanted to listen to (that is why they died), autoplay never proved to be the scourge that some of us feared. Nonetheless it is odd that wordpress.com continues to offer a widget which people have been […]

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