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Music recommendations systems such as that used by Amazon (the Amazon system is based on an earlier system called Firefox - before 'Firefox' was a web browser) work surprisingly well provided they already know about a good proportion of your music collection. This makes their recommendations more accurate
and stops them recommending stuff you've already got.
Now, I can't be bothered to enter my whole CD collection into their rather clunky interface but I do already have all my CDs (and quite a lot of vinyl too) on iTunes so all that's needed is for iTunes to submit this data to Amazon, get the recommendations back and give me links to buy the recommended music at the iTunes store and at Amazon.
This is interesting, but not quite what I meant [hippo, Jan 04 2006]
what [hippo] wants, and will now have. [neilp, Jan 04 2006]
[hippo, Jan 04 2006]
not tried it yet...... [xenzag, Sep 25 2008]
I don't think you can buy directly from the website, though. [ghillie, Sep 26 2008]
How to confuse the iTunes Genius
Interesting review of the new feature. Looks like if it's not in the iTunes Store, you're out of luck. [jutta, Sep 26 2008]
A correspondent sent in a plug for this general social network music recommendation system that also can scan iTunes libraries, among other sources of playlists. [jutta, Sep 26 2008]
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||i am surprised that apple aren't doing this already. clever.
||sod itunes, use Audioscrobbler (by last.fm) which does charts/recommendations based on what people are listening to, rather than what they have in their library (plugins for iTunes, WMP, winamp etc.).
||[neilp] - interesting, and there's some logic in basing recommendations on listening habits rather than what's in my music library. However, I listen to most music through my SliMP3 player whose SlimServer software uses the iTunes library. There isn't a AudioScrobbler plugin for SlimServer so I'm not sure it'd work for me.
||[neilp] - aha! - since my last anno, someone's written a plugin - see link.
||[hippo] back of the net ! I was just about to say I thought I'd seen some slim out there. What's your profile name, I guess you're not hippo ?
||[neilp] - haven't signed up yet - I'll let you know when I'm on though
||I doubt it would actually work. My experience with ITunes suggests to me that a major problem will be my 80 gig iPod, which can hold far more music than my 24 gig laptop... even assuming I would care to have all my music on my laptop at all times.
||My experience with Amazon.com also tells me it will be an epic failure, as I've told them at least 12 times I already own certain movies and DVDs, which they continue to recommend to me.
||Damn those clever people at Apple! This idea is now a feature in iTunes 8.
||Ian! That is a wholly unnecessary amount of flesh in that avatar. Go on, conform and put a shirt on!
||Didn't they just add this with the genius feature in the new iTunes?
||Yes. That's what [hippo] just said...
||I have used Last.fm for a few years now
and it's very good at connecting songs
and artists. AFAIK it does this simply by
looking at the stats for one artist and
comparing the data from everyone else
who also listened to the artist. Anyway
it works very and I've found a lot of
music I like but which I would have
never heard on commercial radio.
It also has all kinds of tag radio, similar
artist radio, group radio, friends radio,
etc., all of which are really excellent.
If you use iTunes a lot and love music I
would highly recommend it.