By on September 1, 2004

I’ve mentioned before that when it comes to music, I really can’t say what my tastes are. I know what I like when I hear it, but I can’t really classify myself as being a huge fan of a certain band or a certain genre. AudioScrobbler seems to be designed for tasteless clods like myself.

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’.
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.

I just signed up and installed the iTunes plugin. According to the FAQ, it doesn’t report a song as ‘listened to’ unless you play it at least halfway through. I usually listen to my music on shuffle and ‘skip track’ over the crap (love the extra keyboard buttons), so it should work to tell me what I never listen to in my music collection as well. Hopefully in a week or two it can give me some reasons to blow some cash in the iTunes Music Store.

(Thanks for the tip to Chu Yeow, who seems to dig the Weezer)