I’m on Ping

201009231014.jpg by Per Nordin.

I downloaded iTunes 10 and set up my Ping account. It was immediately useful in its purpose – to sell music. I saw that Steve Miller had a new album out and bought it.

It is still very basic in its social networking aspects. For example, I love progressive music. Although it was not one of the choices available, I thought I might be able to find others who really like that genre who might help tip me onto some bands. But Ping does not let me do that, at least in any way I found useful.

In contrast, I follow ProgArchives, which has a comprehensive list, with many reviews, of virtually any band that even has a connection with progressive music. I checked out their highest rated albums of 2009 and have found several really good bands – in particular Transatlantic, which has a new album and is made up of several members from the best bands of the last 10 years or so – Dream Theater, Spock’s Beard, Flower Kings and Marillion.

I have since bought all their music I can find.

Finding a new band that hits my sweet spot is one of the most wonderful things in the world, but finding it can be very hard. The Web has made that easier but it is not optimal.

Neither is Ping but it has some promise. What other bands are out there for me to find?

[Listening to: Set Us Free from the album “The Whirlwind” by Transatlantic]