Granted, I have no taste in music, either. But at least I have the good sense to hang my head in shame and not trumpet this fact, as Arrington's just done on TechCrunch, the tech blog he edits, in the course of writing about Apple's new My iTunes feature, which lets you broadcast your iTunes purchases on the Web. For the record, Arrington is into Gnarls Barkley, OutKast, Green Day, R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers ... and the Pussycat Dolls. (I always wondered about Arrington.) I mean, for me, one of the best things about ripping my music library to iTunes was no longer having a rack of CDs on the wall for houseguests to peruse and mock. This new iTunes widget essentially restores that previous state of affairs, letting even perfect strangers lambaste your musical taste. Speaking of, after the jump, a detailed analysis of Arrington's musical misdeeds from Idolator editor Maura Johnston.
Liking the Pet Shop Boys should indicate that he has good taste in dance music, but liking the Pussycat Dolls indicates that he has terrible taste in, well, everything else. Add the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fatboy Slim to that stew and I can't help but wonder if his PSB fandom is a fluke that happened because someone threw on "West End Girls" at the party where he first got wasted. Good times!See? This is exactly why I've greeted startups such as Last.fm and iLike with such utter disdain. Social sharing of music? What, so snooty hipster girls like Johnston can deconstruct my musical library? So I can find other losers who have the same derivative Top-40 musical inclinations? Please. I know they're out there. I just don't particularly want to meet them.