There have been a couple of interesting panel discussions this week, on opposite sides of the US, about how people discover music and the growing role of, respectively, recommender systems and social networks in helping them do this.
At the SanFran MusicTech Summit on Monday Paul Lamere led a discussion (pictured right) between two techies who build automated recommendation systems and two 'curators' who make recommendations based on human skills and knowledge. Paul has provided his own summary and reflections on the discussion, as well as a video of the full proceedings — which runs for just under an hour from 14 minutes in. And thanks, Paul, for mentioning my book in the course of the discussion: here's more on the categorisation of listeners that Paul attributes to me (though I took it from Emap research).
In New York yesterday, the Digital Music Forum East ran a session on "Social Networks and Music Discovery: What It Means for Music Businesses". I can't find any recording of this, but Eliot van Buskirk of Wired has blogged the contributions of the panellists, who included people from US National Public Radio, the iLike social network and peer-to-peer monitors BigChampagne.