The Skullcandy IPO is set for launch tomorrow (proposed symbol: SKUL), and by all measures it appears to be an in-demand issue which should do well, at least initially. I had a cheap set of Skullcandy earbuds once, but I didn't like them. That's not a reflection on the company, more a commentary on my oddly-shaped ear canals. But I think the company is smart to strike while the iron is hot, and they may even increase their proposed issue price before tomorrow.
What I'm curious about is the music service you guys most prefer. Spending hours at a time compiling pitchbooks andwould be even worse without tunes, so I figure you guys are plugged into the best services out there.
I got tipped off to Last.fm by Fred Wilson over at AVC, but I know for a fact that I'm doing it wrong. My primary aim is to find new music that I like, but I don't engage the social aspects of Last.fm so I know I'm missing out on a bunch of stuff. Another problem with Last.fm is that you have to know what you're in the mood for before you start listening, and I don't think the service has ever surprised me. It mostly plays stuff I already own (because it "scrobbles" your collection) or stuff that is extremely similar to it.
I actually like Grooveshark a lot better for finding new stuff to listen to. But it's a double-edged sword. For every great new band I find like Sevendust (new to me, anyway), it seems like I pay for it by getting a f**king Britney Spears song stuck in my head.
Then there's Spotify. Spotify has been all the rage here in Europe for at least the last two years, and it recently went live in the U.S. I have to confess that I've never tried it. From what I understand, it's a lot like Grooveshark (or the other way around) and people love it.
So what I'm hoping you guys can tell me is which music service works the best for finding new tunes and playing your favorites, because the $3 a month I'm paying for Last.fm is starting to keep me awake at night. What are you cube monkeys jamming at work? Is there a music service I'm missing? And how many of you are rocking Skullcandy gear? Is that a company that's going to work?