Phill and Phil, Episode Four
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Blog
Welcome to our Playdio Showroom
06/12/2010: Please feel free to grab a glass of supermarket Chardonnay, a handful of ham and cheese sandwiches, and take a look around.

We are very proud to offer a fine selection of opening shows from the likes of Phill Jupitus and Phil Wilding, who bring their Perfect 10 brand of sass to Playdio with a game of "Radio Ping Pong". Phill and Phil are well experienced in launching radio services, having produced and presented the inaugural show on the BBC's 6 Music network back in 2002.

Other BBC stalwarts, Mark Webster (5 live) and Peter Curran (Loose Ends, Radio 4), have also contributed shows. Peter's show is "music radio" in the traditional sense, with a fine eclectic mix of music and chat, while Mark makes full use of Playdio's possibilities with his "Soul of David Bowie" program. This is the first in a series which will discuss the black music roots of iconic pop and rock artists. We have a number of similar shows in development, including music documentaries and travelogues. I believe Playdio is absolutely perfect for this format.

Talc have also fully embraced the medium with their irreverent humor and home made jingles. In their own words "welcome to the soft steamy world of two idiots taking you through a few of their favourite tunes whilst chattering inane drivel at each other". Not to be missed..... really.

Talc's last album was released on the Wah Wah 45 record label, and label boss Dom Servini's own Playdio show treads the line connecting artists from across the globe, whose work is linked to his label's soulful imprint.

We also have contributions from the internet radio and the podcasting communities. Jon Very and Barry Guffy have been webcasting their Carriage Clock show on Space Invader Radio for the past 2 years, where they have developed a loyal following while Martin Devaughan, was one of the very earliest UK podcasters, and contributes his Bitesize Bonus show.

We hope these early shows will entertain listenersinspire broadcasters, and illustrate how Playdio can provide a platform for truly creative programming.
Problems and Solutions
05/20/2010: Occasionally, the solution to a problem addresses issues and provides features you weren't even considering. That's what we've found with Playdio.

The problem we were addressing was how to create podcast-type content with fully licensed music. There have been a number of initiatives in the podcasting community over the past few years trying to tackle this very issue including attempts at blanket podcast agreements, or very specific one off waivers.  These solutions are very limiting and cumbersome, and in the case of blanket licensing agreements they are also unfair to artists, as the distribution of licensing income usually relies on download and repertoire estimates.

Of course, regardless of the licensing mechanism, the overriding issue for a podcaster or programme maker is this: how do you compensate a licence holder for exploiting their work if the medium you are working in doesn't even provide the programme maker with an earning mechanism?

By hosting radio shows in a streaming music environment, we immediately solve the primary issues of licensing and earning. All the music is fully licenced AND there is an earning mechanism for the show's producer. Bingo!

However, the real beauty is the monetisation method.. The adverts and subscriptions are completely remote from the program itself.  This "indirectness" frees the programme maker to create the radio show he or she wants, without ever having to consider the whims or motives of a sponsor.  It is one of the few examples of an advertising funded model where advertising pays the piper, but doesn't call the tune.

The other, almost incidental feature, is the control the consumer has over the show, and the additional richness of the listening experience. Listeners to a Playdio show can accurately navigate forward and back through the playlist, but perhaps more importantly, they can move "sideways", navigating through an artist's complete catalogue, adding tracks to their own playlist, and buying MP3s direct from the client as they go. Playdio shows are an ideal avenue into music discovery.

Playdio, as an idea, isn't revolutionary. It's simple... almost obvious.  We certainly wouldn't claim to have invented anything.  In fact, the best we can say about Playdio is that we've dreamt up a novel chassis to sit on some very clever wheels. We plan to open the showroom in early June.

Stay tuned...
Playdio - Frequently Asked Questions
05/24/2010: What is a Playdio Show?

See our Introduction to Playdio here.


Will Playdio shows replace Podcasts?

Podcasts currently have the advantage of being relatively easy to distribute. They are not limited to any service's user-base, so you don't need an account with anyone to subscribe to a podcast. However, the two main problems with podcasts are that [1] you can't easily include music, as there isn't a licensing framework, and [2] there is no natural monetisation mechanism for the podcast creator. Playdio addresses these key issues, and as streaming music services become more ubiquitous, this "ease of distribution" advantage will become more marginal.


Will Playdio shows only be available on Spotify?

Playdio only really suits either streaming or subscription music services. If we uploaded Playdio shows to an a-la-carte service, (where you pay for every individual download), the price you would have to pay for the entire show and its related music would be prohibitive. Spotify is currently a great fit for what we are trying to achieve. We are already in talks with a number of other streaming and subscription platforms to host Playdio shows, and look forward to announcing new partners shortly.  Ideally we would like Playdio to be completely platform independent to ensure shows are as widely available as possible.


How can I listen to a Playdio show on the tube / in my car / on the train / while on holiday?

If you take out a Spotify Premium subscription, you can cache your Playdio shows on a compatible mobile device, and make them playable "off line".


How do I get the Spotify program?

Spotify is available here. The "Open" version is free (add supported), but is limited to 20 hours per month.  There is also a £4.99 "unlimited" version, which gives you (oddly enough) unlimited access via your computer, with no adds !. If you wish to listen to Playdio shows on your compatible mobile, you will need to go for the £9.99 pcm premium subscription.  None of the Spotify subscriptions come with a minimum term, so you can try them out for a month and see how you get on.

Spotify is currently only available in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, France and Spain. 
Introducing Playdio - Playlist Radio
05/19/2010: A Playdio show is similar to a recorded radio show or podcast, except that it uses a streaming digital music service as its broadcast platform. Radio shows are typically a selection of music, separated by spoken word (chat, banter and interviews).

So, to create a Playdio show, a show's producer follows these steps:
  • Choose music from a digital music service.
  • Upload the spoken word bits as separate tracks to the same digital music service. 
  • The spoken word tracks and musical selections are re-assembled to create a shareable playlist 
This shareable playlist is a Playdio show.


Spotify and Playdio

Initially we plan to launch our Playdio service using Spotify as our broadcast platform, however we are keen to roll out the concept to other streaming music services. Ideally we would like all shows to be platform independent to ensure they are as widely available as possible. One of Spotify's key features, which makes it so suitable for hosting Playdio shows is it's ability to easily create shareable playlists.

For example, here is Drowned in Sound's April playlist. If you have the Spotify program on your computer, and you click on the link above, the Drowned in Sound February 2010 playlist will open in your Spotify client. A Playdio show works in exactly the same way, except that the music tracks will be interspersed with spoken word content to create a coherent radio program.


Similar to Podcasts, only better!

Playdio shows are in some ways similar to podcasts. Producers can use the same unique Spotify playlist web address each time a new episode of a show is recorded. New episodes will therefore replace old shows on a listener's Spotify program without any action required from the listener. Older shows can be renamed to maintain an archive.

Playdio shows can be listened to "on the move", provided the listener is a premium Spotify subscriber. The Spotify mobile applications for the iPhone, Android and Symbian operating systems allows the premium customer to download complete playlists for “off line" listening, so Playlist shows can be tube and plane friendly.


Playdio addresses some of podcasting's key limitations.
  • The Playdio show can use licensed music.
  • A Playdio Show can include full track audio, as all the music is fully licensed by the hosting music service. The only limitation is that a Playdio show can only include music that is available on the music service in question.
  • The Playdio show earns money for its producer.
All that chat, banter and interviews between the tracks will attract a payment each time a show is played. For example, in the case of Spotify, their free service generates income by inserting little ad clips into playlists, while their premium service generates income through subscriptions. Content creators earn a share of this income. So, as the creator of the spoken word bits in between the songs also earns a share of this income.


Listeners control the show.

Another great feature of a Playdio show is that the listener has complete control over the program. The track list for the show is displayed in the Spotify client program, so the listener can see what tracks are coming up, and can even skip forward and backward through the program. Also, with a simple right click of the mouse, listeners can add any tracks from the radio show directly to their own Spotify playlist. Listeners can even forward the whole show to a friend, post it to their facebook status, their blog, or even tweet it. There are also buy links on most Spotify tracks, so listeners can buy MP3s of the music they play straight from the Spotify program.


So, what's the plan?

We would like to launch an initial collection of Playdio shows in early June 2010. We are developing our website at www.playdio.com where listeners can search and browse for Playdio shows. The site will also have a secure area for show creators to upload their shows to Spotify.


Who are "we"?

We are Kudos Records, a Music Distribution company and Digital Aggregator based in London. You can find out more about us at www.kudosrecords.co.uk and www.kudos-digital.co.uk. We supply music to all the main digital services, including iTunes, Emusic, Juno, Beatport, and of course Spotify. 
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