Mefi Music appearing automatically and streaming from Hype Machine
-- what's the deal?
posted by unSane to Etiquette/Policy at 8:21 AM (17 comments total)
Recently our band's facebook page
got a like and a comment from someone who heard our stuff on Hype Machine / Hypem
. I was curious to know how we got on there as I'd never posted anything.
So I did a search for Sportswriters, and it turns out that the site aggregates all the posts I've done to MeFi Music
Searches for other Mefi musicians
seem to throw up the same result.
The site indexes by the MP3 'artist' tag rather than the Mefi handle, so you need to search for 'Josh Millard' rather than 'cortex', for example.
If you look at the results for a particular song it consists of various links back to music.mefi, and the post itself, which is fair enough. But there is a play button which streams the track without you having to visit music.mefi or the post itself.
I'm not sure in my case that I'm actually complaining about this as Hype Machine is a fairly decent site with a well thought out interface and active users who really do listen to music. As a user I like it. Plus, they have reasonably generous and direct linkbacks to the source. In short, it doesn't set off my scuzzometer, but the streaming thing seems a bit hinky, no?
What are they doing technically (making a local copy and streaming it, presumably)?
How do we feel about this? At the least music.mefi folks should be aware that anything they post is likely to be reflected by, and streamable on, Hype Machine.