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First, Rdio is far from independent. According to this article posted on June 27th in the Daily Mail - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-2672697/CEO-Q-A-Cumulus-says-Rdio-stake-bet-future.html, Rdio exchanged 15% of the company for $75M in ads across the Cumulus Radio network. Cumulus is now an investor in Rdio, because it's now received an investment form a major player in the radio industry, who hopes to leverage their position to compete with Clear Channel and iHeartRadio.


Second, I agree that as long as we are listening to music, the human curation of playlists is the most successful business model for music to date. There have never been robots that have created music playlists that we enjoy. People powered playlists are a critical component of music ingestion and that will never die. Here's a recent post on LinkedIn where I write about this very subject: https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140702042507-2209726-google-buys-songza-and-the-dj-continues-to-beat-automation

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Hipster music app Rdio gets even hipper, acquires TastemakerX. But does it have a shot against Spotify and the rest?

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I don't see this in the Pagelines extensions store. Can someone post a link, please?

1 year, 1 month ago on NavXT Breadcrumbs for PageLines

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Sorry to be a pain, but one more thing. Pagelines Boxes offers the ability to limit boxes in a row with a selection tool, so that you can do 2, 3, 4 boxes in a row. I'm using the box width to set the width to 200px, so that I get four boxes, but in Firefox on PC, it will render the site differently and display 5 boxes. So, having a drop down that sets the num of boxes in a row would be great. It's on the Boxes Sections menu, but you can't set it because Filtering overrides Boxes settings. I guess my user testing and what I'm doing with it is helpful to you in making the Filtering plugin great. It's really cool and I hope my feedback goes a long way in helping you improve the plugin.

1 year, 2 months ago on Filtering

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Ellen,

Another thing I just came across. Think about this - if the user adds two box sets: Speakers, Tools.

Then under Speakers, they add a sub-category of Re-Entry with the slug - re-entry-2

Then under Tools, the add a sub-category of Re-Entry with the slug - re-entry-3

There is no way to INCLUDE re-entry-2 but EXCLUDE re-entry-3 at the same time, because you are using the Category Title and not the slug name for the INCLUDE/EXCLUDE text field.

It's probably better to simply show the box-sets category tree with check boxes, instead of a text box, so that you can have categories and sub categories and add what you need. It would be much more flexible that way.

1 year, 2 months ago on Filtering

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I've got one more request - aligning the thumbnail to the left instead of centered above the title. Not sure if you planned something like that.

With regular Boxes, the thumb is aligned left. With Filtering, the thumb is aligned center, above the title.

Did I miss a setting? Can I align left?

1 year, 2 months ago on Filtering

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@ellen @tonyzeoli Works like a charm, thanks!

1 year, 2 months ago on Filtering

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@ellen @tonyzeoli Yes, it's perfect, thanks! If you can update that code so that the shortcode works in the Filtering option, that would be wonderful. 

1 year, 2 months ago on Filtering

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Hi Ellen,

I have another question - I'm working with Cart66 and their short code is not working with Filtering, but it does work with Boxes. I put the short code in with the post and it's just displaying the short code and not displaying the function of the short code.

1 year, 2 months ago on Filtering

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@ellen @tonyzeoli Hey Ellen, all looks good. Wish I could show you, but the site is in maintenance mode.

Everything seems to work great. I have to add some custom styles to the text links to see how that will make them look like the ones in your demo. I did click the item to wrap all the links up in a bar, but it looks a little clunky, especially if the items wrap to the next line.

Lastly, the include or exclude box sets text box works by just inserting the name of the box set, but I think this could be improved by offering a category check box type interface, so you don't have to go back and forth to remember what the category names you want to include or exclude are.

Other than that, my wife loves it! Thanks for making it work with Boxes. Very cool.

1 year, 2 months ago on Filtering

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@ellen @tonyzeoli Awesome, I will play with it tonight.

1 year, 2 months ago on Filtering

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@ellen @tonyzeoli Sounds good. Looking forward to seeing this in action. I know it's a bear and these things take time, but I'll talk about it everywhere I can once its done and make others aware of this, so they can buy it too!

1 year, 2 months ago on Filtering

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@ellen @tonyzeoli Ellen, just checking in on this again. Please let me know how its going and when you will have it. We'd love to put it to use and talk about it on the LinkedIn Wordpress group and other groups I'm working with. I do two Wordpress Meetups as well. Thanks.

1 year, 2 months ago on Filtering

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@ellen @tonyzeoli okay, thanks

1 year, 2 months ago on Filtering

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@ellen @tonyzeoli Hi Ellen, any luck?

1 year, 3 months ago on Filtering

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@ellen @tonyzeoli Okay, thanks for letting me know. Look forward to the results. There is another plugin I found that does work with Boxes, but it's more for laying text over the images than it is for sorting categories, so I'll wait for your completed work. If there's a tip jar somewhere, let me know.

1 year, 3 months ago on Filtering

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@ellen @tonyzeoli Image on top is fine. Thanks for updating your plugin to take Boxes into consideration. Really appreciate it.

1 year, 3 months ago on Filtering

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@ellen @tonyzeoli Okay, thanks. I guess I can create 5 different box sets as teh five different categories. No, I'd like to see if you can add this for us, if possible. It would be so helpful! Thanks a bunch!

1 year, 3 months ago on Filtering

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@adm_mnz Found your video. Sorry, I'll check this out.

1 year, 3 months ago on Grid-Portfolio

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@adm_mnz Hate to bother again, but I really need to see your post types options, so I can see how this works, before I purchase the plugin. I purchased Filtering and it's not going to work for me and I want to make sure if I spend another $19 that I will get what I need. Thanks.

1 year, 3 months ago on Grid-Portfolio

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@ellen @tonyzeoli Right, my example is 4 columns and multiple rows. I put the site in maintenance mode for now, so you can't view, but I'm expecting filtering to take over the same columns and rows and then use the filtering tools to display box sets. The problem is that there is no category in box sets, so filtering may not work, because there are no categories to pull and give the buttons above the boxes to filter with. Hmmmm...

I may have two write a custom post type and use that, instead. Didn't really want to do that, but if I have to, I guess I'll need to, so that I can use Categories or Tags for the Filter. Prefer tags, because categories are reserved for the blog and I will have blog cats and speaker cats, which won't be the same.

1 year, 3 months ago on Filtering

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@adm_mnz The only screen shot you supply is the front-end. I need to see the post type interface to see what you've configured as options.

1 year, 3 months ago on Grid-Portfolio

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@adm_mnz I could transfer all the data over to your post type interface, that's not an issue. Are there any screen shots of your post type interface, so I can see what the options are?

1 year, 3 months ago on Grid-Portfolio

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Adam, 

Does this work with Pagelines native "Boxes" functionality?

I'm using Boxes to present a grid of International Speakers here: http://dev.melibeeglobal.com/international-speakers.

I tried using another Filtering section I purchased from the Pagelines store, but not sure if that can filter Boxes. Doesn't seem like it, because it's based on categories and tags and not the Box Set itself.

Please let me know, before I purchase.

Thanks.

1 year, 3 months ago on Grid-Portfolio

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Ellen,

I'm trying to use this plugin with Pagelines native Boxes custom post type, but I can't seem to get it to work.

The page is dev.melibeeglobal.com/international-speakers

I've set the Page Template 1 to have the Filter Section and the Boxes Section. Filter first and Boxes second.

In the Post Meta area of Pagelines, I've set the Boxes to display what you see on the page.

I set the International Speakers Page to use Template 1.

Boxes do not have "categories" or "tags" - they only have Box Sets category to use, but that is not available in drop down. All I see is Categories and a few other options from other plugins like NextGen Gallery.

What do you recommend?



1 year, 3 months ago on Filtering

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 @damienkwillis I didn't expect it to "sound a certain way." I expected it to transcend the obvious. It doesn't do that.

1 year, 4 months ago on Why Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ Won’t Save Electronic Music – Flavorwire

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 @MrChristopher But I'm not looking for EDM, MrChristopher. I'm looking for more depth to the music itself. It's very bland and doesn't carry like many classic disco, funk and soul records. It's self-indulgent, in the sense that DP think they are qualified to create something that can hold up to hits of the past - and, not EDM hits, but real anthemic musical journeys - like Donna Summer's "Heaven Knows" or Machine "There But for the Grace of God." If you're going to throwback to Disco, you've gotta bring the energy, the passion, the flavor. What they did seems like they just stopped in an hired some folks to play some music and then recorded it and shuffled off to the next studio, then patched it all together. I'm not impressed.

1 year, 4 months ago on Why Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ Won’t Save Electronic Music – Flavorwire

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I took a listen to a few of the new Daft Punk songs through the streaming offering over iTunes and, like the author, I was completely underwhelmed. Let me put this in perspective.

 

I grew up in Disco. My father worked with Tavares for many years. My first 12" was "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" by McFadden and Whitehead. Some of my favorite Disco records include "Shame" by Evelyn 'Champagne' King, "Good Times" by Chic, and "Born To Be Alive" by Patrick Hernandez.

 

Now, I know that Daft Punk worked with Nile Rogers and others on these tracks (how much I know about this is limited to my exposure to this information through word of mouth and the press). I can't speak to it with full confidence about Nile's (and others) level of input into this project, but what I can say is that Daft Punk tried to replicate an era with their throwback release. However, they've completely missed the mark. Listening to this music, it seems like they tried to copy those sounds, instead of sparking a renaissance as some Nu Disco tracks are doing today.

 

While their efforts were admirable for the musicianship and overall sound, they did not capture the soul or spirit of Disco or ground-breaking R&B/Soul from bands like Zapp, whose Roger Troutman exploited the vocoder to mainstream acceptance. I feel like, as producers, whatever they did do with live musicians and others on these records, it simply does not transcend expectations. It didn't connect that earlier era to today, as they seem to claim they're doing. They're "breathing" life into EDM by going back to earlier sounds and live instrumentation is certainly something I think we all looked forward to, but I think they are way off the mark. Because they didn't "kill" it, many of today's "button pushers" will then say, well, maybe that era is no longer here for a reason.

 

I'm not going to say that Disco was only America's music, because you've got ABBA and a host of other European artists who influenced Disco. But, I have to wonder if DP grew up with Disco, Funk & Soul. Was it instilled in their spirit, in their heart? It doesn't sound like it. It sounds like they wanted to be future and retro at the same time, by creating some esoteric music that was more of an indulgence. A "because they can" moment. Instead of them being on a real mission that would have lasting impact.

 

Recently, I heard the Kendra Morris album, "Banshee," and was truly amazed by it's true connection to an earlier era. For me, that album touched me deeply and reminded me of Teena Marie and Stacey Lattisaw. This Daft Punk album clearly tells me that they are not Zapp or Chic or in anywhere near that caliber. In fact, they are far, far, far from being what some of these great disco and soul bands were. Maybe it's because as producers, you're not personally interacting with the rhytms created by the instruments. You are on step removed in the control room, making decions on what needs to sound like this or that.

 

I know they would probably say, we're not trying to be Zapp, but at the end of the day, there is clear influence there. So, where is the energy that Zapp created? Where is that timeless sound? It just doesn't exist on this album. It is, in its mediocrity, just another set of producers trying to do something they really had no business doing and wasted a lot of time and money doing it.

 

Hey...maybe I'm wrong. Maybe this album becomes the most amazing thing people have heard, but right now, I don't think so. I'd be willing to bet some cats knock off some amazing remixes or mash-ups and it give the album a life that it should not really have.

 

Lastly, what's up with an "album" anyway? I mean, it's a singles driven world. Did they really think that they were going to come up with 12-tracks that would motivate their fans, who are used to singles, to buy their work? I don't think so. If I'm a DP fan, I'm looking for hits - there are none here, sorry!

 

1 year, 4 months ago on Why Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ Won’t Save Electronic Music – Flavorwire

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