Really enjoyed it! It was interesting to hear all the threads of connection between Apple/Beats and Iovine/major labels. So:
* Iovine is a smart, successful major label veteran who has done well even as the industry struggled.
* Apple is a taste-making, culture-creating company watching iTunes get displaced by streaming.
* Beats Music devoted a lot of attention and personnel hires to recs/curation. (I may not have been the only one, but I mentioned the similarities between the Beats environment and Apple's paradigm in the last podcast thread. Later, I found Beats articulated curation philosophies explicitly when the service rolled out: here
* Sluggish response to tech changes damaged major labels, but they still own music rights and have unparalleled bankroll/connections for pushing music to a huge audience.
This Apple-Beats deal seems more and more like a "next new world order" gambit for music to me. Streaming replicates the freedom/selection of piracy and gets listeners back into licensed use spaces. But Rdio, Pandora and Spotify are software ventures -- Beats Music is now owned by a hardware-software behemoth with major label heavyweights on the team. Should be interesting.
Much like you said, I primarily listen to entire albums in track order. If more sophisticated personalization-marketing becomes the name of the streaming game, I fully expect full-album will be a preference type. "You just listened to X concept album. Would you like to listen to Y or Z concept album?" or "[Artist who put out a concept album]'s list of five top concept albums, sponsored by ___."