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Re: I usually listen to...

by jonadab (Parson)
on Mar 22, 2005 at 21:54 UTC ( #441631=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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The next "killer app" will be the one that allows a person to find new music that he or she would never have even thought of looking for, but will enjoy ... such an application would ignore GENRE and simply focus on THE INEFFABLE ESSENCE OF PERSONAL PREFERENCE.

It's called iRate Radio. I tried it briefly, but I discovered that I was mostly discovering a lot of music I didn't like. I guess I'm picky. The idea is sound, IMO, but the implemenation leaves something to be desired. Everything is lossily compressed, which is no good for regular listening. Additionally, it doesn't play higher-rated tracks more often; it just has a cutoff at a certain point (five out of ten, I think), where anything rated lower than that isn't played at all -- but a seven is played just as often as a ten, and so you can't rate tracks you only sort-of like at six, because they play constantly and drive you mad. This forces you to rate everything you don't want to hear very often at five or lower. But the idea of ignoring genre and choosing tracks for you based on finding people who rated other tracks similarly to the way you rated them is an interesting idea, in principle, and could potentially be really useful.

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Re^2: I usually listen to...
by forrest (Beadle) on Mar 23, 2005 at 22:30 UTC
    I wrote a Perl::Tk app called AlterniRATE to get around their inane playlist algorithm. It doesn't download files-- you need to run the official app every so often for that-- but it plays tracks based on the rating and how long it's been since it was last played.

    I wrote it to illustrate a better algo for the developers, and i wasn't much of a java programmer at the time. The head dude was so enamored of his playlist algorithm that not only was i ignored, but i also became sort of a persona non grata on their lists. Whatever.

    I haven't run iRATE in ages; their debian package has been broken forever and i got tired of reporting bugs.

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