Audioscrobbler.com: A pretty cool music reccomendation service

Jung

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www.audioscrobbler.com

Audioscrobbler is a computer system that builds up a detailed profile of your musical taste. After installing an Audioscrobbler Plugin, your computer sends the name of every song you play to the Audioscrobbler Server. With this information, the Audioscrobbler server builds you a 'Musical Profile'. Statistics from your Musical Profile are shown on your Audioscrobbler User Page, available for everyone to view.

There are lots of people using Audioscrobbler, but you probably won't be interested in most of them. The Audioscrobbler Server calculates which people are most similar to you, based on shared musical taste, so you can take a look at what your peers are listening to.

With this information, Audioscrobbler is able to automatically generate suggestions for new songs/artists you might like. These suggestions are based on the same principles as Amazon's "People who bought this also bought X,Y,Z", but because the Audioscrobbler data is what people are actually listening to, the suggestions tend to make more sense than Amazon.

It's not just pure statistics and recommendations, there are active forums, groups, weekly charts... The system is being worked on full time, and we plan to roll out many more exciting features.


I've been using this for about a month now, both at home and work. It seems to be a good way to discover new artists, it seems to work pretty well too. The only problem I've noticed is; some tracks don't update if they're not correctly tagged with ID3. I've fixed that on my collection now, so all is well. I thought it would be cool to see what other WTF members are listening to, maybe even be exposed to some new music. Here's the link to my profile. www.audioscrobbler.com/user/ephekt

If you sign up post your link here.
 

bigck3000

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Lets say there was this certain person....who didnt "buy" his music, officially....would this person recieve the same effects from the site/program as people who gained their music through more "legitimate" channels?
 

Jung

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I don't see why it would matter. The plug-in reads the ID3 tags from mp3s, if the song doens't have any it tries to read the filename. Cds provide information via cddb or freedb. I don't see anyway for anyone to distiguish a difference in downloaded ripped mp3s or cd audio. I ripp all of my CDs to mp3 anyways, but the Winamp plug-in has picked up my CDs just like it did mp3 or ogg files.