The collection is like your record/cd collection. It’s nice for browsing. You can use it to impress people with its size, or variety, or depth of your 80’s music. Whatever you like. Rdio’s algorithms use it to help suggest other music.
It’s nothing like your physical record/cd collection because nothing has to be in your collection for you to listen to it. You can listen to an album by searching for it, or see someone else is listening to an album, or that it’s popular. Just click to play to listen as easily as as if it was in your collection.
You can add individual songs to your collection, entire albums, or every album by Duran Duran. It doesn’t take up any disk space; it doesn’t cost you anything more; you don’t run into some limit on the number of songs. Adding to your collection has zero cost and similar worth.
The Collection is a traditional way of organizing your music.
Playlists offer the ultimate flexibility — it’s the modern version of a mix-tape. You can make your own Duran Duran “Greatest Hits” album — it’s just called a playlist instead of an album. You can have as many songs on your playlist as you want: “My favorite 50 Duran Duran songs” or “My favorite 500 songs”.
A song can be on as many different playlists as needed.
I have a couple standard playlists. The one I listen to the most:
“Dark”: Whenever I find something new (or old) that I like a lot I put it here. I usually keep it around 20 songs. After I get tired of something I move it to one of the following playlists for old favorites.
When I run into an old favorite I’ll put it onto a playlist organized by decade. That’s because it tends to be a “objective” way for me to organize songs. The answer to “is this rock or alternative” seems to change day-to-day for me.
I have a few playlists for occasions:
“Pre-Dinner” for before a dinner party
“At Dinner” while eating
“Post Dinner” for some louder, funner music.
“Sunday Morning” some classical music
I have a playlist that I just dump stuff on to listen to later:
You can also just add music to your “Up Next” list. More about that later.
Then I have some silly project playlists:
“Sidereal Days” I was collecting songs from a book about the early days of Rock&Roll
“NYC” Songs about New York City.
Feel free to create playlists however you like to think about music. You are no longer bound by the constraints of the album.