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Itunes 8.0 Genius Feature

Posted on June 1, 2009 by in software


I started using the itunes 8 genius feature and think it’s kind of cool. You select a song and press the genius button. After you’ve agreed to upload your data to itunes where, according to Apple, “it is combined with the anonymously-gathered knowledge from millions of other iTunes users and processed through Apple-developed algorithms”; itunes picks a playlist based on that song. So far I’ve been getting mixed, but generally good, results. It certainly leads me to songs on albums that I scarcely knew that I had and would probably not have listened to.

I’m a big fan of democracy. So, if millions of Americans say J. Geils Band’s Centerford is a good song to go with Nirvana’s Come As You Are and Renegade by STYX — who am I to argue?  I wouldn’t have picked to any of that crap by choice. But when it plays I get that nostolgic feeling….maybe it’s not crap? Who am I to judge?

Sure, I like to DJ my songs or make my own play lists. But I’m also lazy. There have been times where I tried to use it and the genius offered no playlist. Other times the playlist doesn’t make sense…like when I selected a song from Crystal Method I got a bunch of seamingly unrelated music back like a Bjork song, Vangelis and Beautiful by Christina Aguilera! It’s not too good with classical songs either…it chokes on Bach and doesn’t even make a playlist…and I don’t think it even knows half of the stuff I have in that department. But it worked pretty well for swing music, jazz, and 50’s sort of Doris Day stuff and 70’s stuff.

The downside is that it adds a sidebar to itunes which tries to sell you music that’s related to your picks…even if you own it already!

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