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I love trading.
I’ve been doing it for a long time. It started with sports cards in 4th grade. By 6th grade, I had fully switched to trading Pokémon and Magic: the Gathering. And so it continues today.
It’s understandable, then, that once my collection was on Murfie, I quickly became addicted to trading my CDs. I love trading so much that I am happy to say I recently made my 100th trade on Murfie!
What was the trade? I traded away my copy of Exile in Guyville by Liz Phair for a copy of Miles: The New Miles Davis Quintet. This brings me one step closer to my goal of collecting the entire Miles Davis studio album discography.
How did I do it? By simply remembering that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, honestly. My collection is full of things I accumulated over the years that I really don’t care about anymore. If I’m not digging that Barenaked Ladies CD my mom bought me in high school, there’s probably someone out there who feels the same about their old jazz CDs.
The trick is making offers and waiting for someone to bite! To complete 100 successful trades, I initiated about 300 trades and received about 20 incoming trades. That means that for every three trades I’m interested in making, I’m likely to complete one of them.
The odds are pretty good, if you ask me, and you’ll never know what awesome deals you’ll get.
The Labor Day holiday this year almost turned into Litigation Day as rumors of Die Hard star Bruce Willis’s unhappiness with the licensing terms of his extensive iTunes library hit the intertubes. A British tabloid apparently started the story, which ultimately turned out to be unfounded. But the substantial dust that the story kicked-up has been exceedingly interesting to watch.
Fundamentally, music services like iTunes and Amazon Cloud Player and Spotify are about renting access to certain music. You pay a fee and you get access. When you stop paying or, in this particular case, when you cease breathing, that access goes poof. This is a reasonable way to consume music so long as you understand that it’s just a rental – not ownership – and that rental extends only to you.
Murfie is different.
We operate on the equivalent of the music gold standard. Each album at Murfie – whether you’re listening to it, buying or selling it, trading it, or giving it to a friend – is backed by an actual, physical CD that is stored in our warehouse. Our customers own their CDs and Murfie takes care of their collections. I guess maybe it’s more of a “silver standard“ ;-) .
Instead of having their 100, 1000, or more CDs gathering dust on a shelf, Murfie adds value to our members’ CD collections by digitizing the discs for anytime/anywhere access; by offering a marketplace where they can buy, sell, and trade their discs; and by getting all that plastic the heck out of their homes. If you want your CDs back, or you want to give them to your kids (regardless of your breathing status), we ship them to you, or transfer ownership at Murfie, as you prefer. They are yours after all!
Take a long, hard look at this photo. Whatcha think—is Matt (co-founder & CEO of Murfie) holding a kids’ T-shirt OR a shrunken T-shirt? You be the judge…
This post belongs to Murfie Musings–a series where folks at Murfie and our guests take the time to share what Murfie is up to as well as explore issues that matter to media ecology.
My friend Pete’s post on Facebook sparked a conversation that I’ve been involved in before as well as sparked my imagination.
It’s common to identify oneself as one thing or another without realizing that we’re composed of all sorts of other things. Perhaps we’re more talented in one thing or simply prefer one over the other. But we are generally discouraged from acknowledging that we are composed of a variety of skills and passions due to the fear that cultivating these “non primary” skills will somehow “dilute” the primary skill. However, my experience demonstrates that the opposite is true.
I believe in variety and balance and I know that personally my best ideas have been inspired by exposure to diverse and unrelated topics (the TV show Connections demonstrates this well), so I propose a new CCC: Create, Curate and Consume.
The new CCC suggests consciously dividing your time into thirds and focusing each third on one of the three C’s (I’m not sure that thirds are correct, but it feels right).
Most likely one of the C’s comes so naturally to you that you’re unaware of even doing it, but working the other two into your schedule may require some conscious effort. Restraining yourself from the C you spend most of your time on now will require discipline as well.
You might be saying now “why would I stop doing what I’m best at?” I would counter by saying that even though you’re excellent at Cx, do you not find yourself at times lacking the will, or the ability (or even desire) to continue pursuing Cx? Embracing another C can sometimes help clear these hurdles, and in my personal experience it has both fortified and inspired me in the C that comes most naturally.
So what does this have to do with Murfie?
In a way, Murfie embodies all three activities in a microcosm. Through existing recordings, musicians contribute to the first C, Create; in addition to existing recordings, Murfie is actively working directly with musicians to explore ways to bring new recordings directly to our members.
Curation is handled by our members themselves, whose collections represent and reflect their personal taste in music. Through sharing these collections via Facebook, Twitter, Craigslist and other means, our members also select and present music to existing and prospective members. Here again we are working on new ways to make curation easier for members and provide news ways of sharing curative activity with other members and the rest of the world.
Surrounding all of this is the third C, Consume. This is the direction from which we see the most new members join our ranks, as consuming music is the easiest way to get started with Murfie.
Chances are you already engage in these three C’s without thinking too much about it, but I believe that making a conscious effort to balance the time you spend on them will improve both your experience as well as those around you. I’m going to conduct an experiment on myself to this end, and I invite you to join me and share your experiences in the comments below.