Joined: 11 Aug 2004
|WCNI Group at Audioscrobbler
Just a quick note to say that I've started a group for WCNI at audioscrobbler.com. Sign up at http://www.audioscrobbler.com/group/WCNI and let's see what we're all listening to...
For those who don't know, a quick blurb from the Audioscrobbler site (I'm not affiliated with them in any way) explaining what it is below. Note that their data is available via a Creative Commons license -- nifty...
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.