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Posted by hey-U (Member # 2128) on March 10, 2005, 14:10:
 
And this week's award for geekiest geek toy goes to...

http://www.audioscrobbler.com/

"Audioscrobbler builds a profile of your musical taste using a plugin for your media player (Winamp, iTunes, XMMS etc..). Plugins send the name of every song you play to the Audioscrobbler server, which updates your musical profile with the new song. Every person with a plugin has their own page on this site which shows their listening statistics. The system automatically matches you to people with a similar music taste, and generates personalised recommendations."

I heard the originator guy talk at NotCon 04 but only got around to trying it out a couple of weeks ago... It's strangely addictive, in an anally-retentive kind of way...

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"Wait a minute... Isn't this Spyware?"

err... n-o-o...

http://www.audioscrobbler.com/help/faq.php#Privacy-spyware

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It's everywhere!

http://www.audioscrobbler.com/places/

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hey-who now?

http://www.audioscrobbler.com/user/ted_groony

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...(Thinks) Anyone up for a GC Group?... Might be interesting to see what junk y'all are listening to, compared to my immaculate and generally impeccable good taste (it was a joke! please don't hit me again...)
;-)
 
Posted by csk (Member # 1941) on March 10, 2005, 16:23:
 
Ooh, I love the concept. I wonder how it handles the scenario where a song you aren't that keen on comes on and you quickly skip to the next one.

And yep, I'd definitely be interested in a GC group.

Edit: And here I am.

Edit of Edit: Apparently you have to let at least 50% of a track play for it to be submitted, and any manual skipping/seeking disables it. Clever.
 
Posted by magefile (Member # 2918) on March 10, 2005, 18:08:
 
I've signed up. I don't listen to a lot of music on my computer (that's what the iPod is for), but ... we'll see.
 
Posted by csk (Member # 1941) on March 10, 2005, 18:38:
 
Magefile has created a geekculture group on there, for any other interested parties.
 
Posted by n4dmx (Member # 3177) on March 10, 2005, 20:30:
 
Just joined up. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Too Cool To Quit (Member # 2217) on March 10, 2005, 22:05:
 
Just joined up and joined the group.
 
Posted by csk (Member # 1941) on March 10, 2005, 22:19:
 
Hmm, well so far I like n4dmx's taste in music [thumbsup] [Big Grin]
 
Posted by n4dmx (Member # 3177) on March 10, 2005, 22:37:
 
Ditto, csk. Great minds think alike. [Wink]
 
Posted by jordanv (Member # 3189) on March 10, 2005, 22:58:
 
Metal is cool.

Too bad my uh..mp3 "backup" collection got wiped [Frown]


Anyway I signed up and *shock* listed my real name.
 
Posted by californiarockr (Member # 1986) on March 10, 2005, 23:29:
 
dont forget last.fm!

comes with your audioscrobbler account, you get a free month of personal radio(donation required afterwards) and unlimited profile radio.

Click one of the links at your last.fm page (http//last.fm/user/[audio scrobblername]. profile radio is what you listen to and similar music, personal radio is just what you listen to. check mine out at my sig.


edit:

last.fm has amazing streaming quality too, sounds great for free online radio (its great at school, esp if you dont ahve a mp3 player)
 
Posted by Rhonwyyn (Member # 2854) on March 11, 2005, 00:01:
 
I haven't had time to look at the FAQs, so don't murder me, but I have a few initial quesitons:

If I register on the computer at work, does that mean I have to listen to music at work? Or must I wait and register at home?

What happens if I use more than one music player? Does iTunes for Windows count?

Must I be online when I listen to music or can I update my listening habits once a day (when I dial in to check e-mail)?
 
Posted by csk (Member # 1941) on March 11, 2005, 00:07:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
[QB]If I register on the computer at work, does that mean I have to listen to music at work? Or must I wait and register at home?[/b]

It's just like GC, registration simply creates a user on their system, you can access it from whichever machine(s) you wish.

quote:
What happens if I use more than one music player? Does iTunes for Windows count?
Shouldn't be an issue as long as you aren't playing things on more than one machine simultaneously (I read somewhere that it checks whether it's physically possible to listen to as much music as a userid is submitting). As long as a client(ie plugin) is available, you're set.

quote:
Must I be online when I listen to music or can I update my listening habits once a day (when I dial in to check e-mail)?
I guess it depends how the plugin is written. Theoretically it should be able to queue the updates until the network is available, but I'm not sure which plugins support it. It's very nice, though.
 
Posted by hey-U (Member # 2128) on March 11, 2005, 00:09:
 
magefile: nice work on setting up the GC group so quickly!

This should be interesting to watch...
 
Posted by SilverBlade (Member # 3541) on March 11, 2005, 01:33:
 
quote:
Originally posted by jordanv:
Metal is cool.

Yep it is! I am a well-hidden metalhead [Wink] (I look nothing like the part!)
 
Posted by Swiss Mercenary (Member # 330) on March 11, 2005, 03:53:
 
Well I will sign up from home, and then really have fun.

Try over 100 hours of Heavy Metal and Hard Rock, and that is just the mp3s. If I start playing my CDs it about trebles that.

Yes, I am a total Metal Head.
 
Posted by jordanv (Member # 3189) on March 11, 2005, 04:00:
 
I was a huge metal fan and still am, but I listen to absolutely anything non-pop these days.

I'm going to have to go to Utopia records and buy up all their Dio and Rainbow.

Ronny James Dio makes me swoon (in a totally heterosexual way).
 
Posted by Swiss Mercenary (Member # 330) on March 11, 2005, 04:10:
 
Seen both in concert, and Deep Purple as well, yep, that old.

Actually, I prefer Dio's records than his concerts. Ronnie James has an infuriating, IMO, habit of starting on song, switching in the middle to another, then another before finally coming back and finishing the first.
Ok, the little guy can sing though [Wink] .
 
Posted by jordanv (Member # 3189) on March 11, 2005, 04:22:
 
Ahh...just found Reign In Blood.

Mmm i'm in hell (a more appropriate description methinks?)

thrash at it's very best.

I don't wear black though. Like, ever.

That's not metal [Frown]
 
Posted by drunkennewfiemidget (Member # 2814) on March 11, 2005, 06:10:
 
Wow. An xmms plugin.. I'm impressed.

I'll try it when I get my network back online methinks.
 
Posted by californiarockr (Member # 1986) on March 11, 2005, 07:02:
 
Rhonwyyn iTunes for mac queues up quite a bit, my Airport is fussy, and its submitted 20 songs or more at once when it comes back online. You may have to adjust the settings though. And you have to submit from the computer you were listening on.
 
Posted by skylar (Member # 1422) on March 11, 2005, 08:42:
 
[Big Grin] ... just joined. Now you folks can see what type of junk I listen to, while I'm just pretending to like cool bands like The Smiths [Cool]
 
Posted by GMx (Member # 1523) on March 11, 2005, 08:53:
 
There's no way any of the stuff I listen to is going to get in the top 20. Maybe if I make the TTBs! theme available again, we can push it into the charts! [Razz]
 
Posted by angryjungman (Member # 2434) on March 11, 2005, 09:04:
 
I'm in.
 
Posted by hey-U (Member # 2128) on March 11, 2005, 09:18:
 
So now the GC group has more than 10 members, a weekly chart should be generated... *That'll* be something to see ;-)

Right, I'm off home to start playing as much pop music as I can find to offset the Scary Metal Alliance that seems to be coalescing into existence!

L8R d00dlies
:-)

--EDIT--
Almost forgot...
http://www.audioscrobbler.com/user/hey-U/
 
Posted by CommanderShroom (Member # 2097) on March 11, 2005, 09:50:
 
Me too.
 
Posted by californiarockr (Member # 1986) on March 11, 2005, 11:19:
 
quote:
Originally posted by hey-U:
So now the GC group has more than 10 members, a weekly chart should be generated... *That'll* be something to see ;-)

Right, I'm off home to start playing as much pop music as I can find to offset the Scary Metal Alliance that seems to be coalescing into existence!

L8R d00dlies
:-)

--EDIT--
Almost forgot...
http://www.audioscrobbler.com/user/hey-U/

youre gonna need help, the chart shows how many group members listened to a song/artist [Wink]


tell me what you play, maybe ill throw some in my playlist
 
Posted by hey-U (Member # 2128) on March 11, 2005, 12:15:
 
quote:
Originally posted by californiarockr:
youre gonna need help, the chart shows how many group members listened to a song/artist [Wink]

tell me what you play, maybe ill throw some in my playlist

Ah, I was only teasing, really... I'm one of those irritating people who looks through other people's music collections, so audioscrobbler just has an innate appeal to me... It is interesting, though, looking through the stats by country:
http://www.audioscrobbler.com/places/
whhich artists get consistently high placings, eg Radiohead, Green Day, The Beatles (yes, even in Vatican City!)...

Given that all I seem to hear on my daily commute across London is boof-dish techno and hippity-hoppity gangstery stuff, it's amazing that such, um, "traditional" forms of rock music are still listened to by so many people worldwide... *Young* people, too (the average age seems to be early 20s)...

(Places back of hand on fevered brow) Is this what I fought in the Poonk Wars for? ;-)

Actually, it'd be kind of hypocritical of me to launch into an anti-metal rant (even if I did feel that strongly about it, which I don't) -- metal played a part in my early teenage years, Ver Sabs, Deep Purple, LedZep, they all meant something to me at some point (I even saw the original Sabs at Liverpool Empire, but maybe I shouldn't be admitting to that!)

Good luck to all of us, I sez -- remember that there's no such thing as "bad" music, there's only stuff which we personally aren't into... And creative endeavour should be encouraged, not sneered at...

Right, now where did I leave that CD by Exploding Dog's Vomit? ;-)
 
Posted by Swiss Mercenary (Member # 330) on March 12, 2005, 06:21:
 
All right, I am in, I just hope that I have managed to set everything up correctly.

I am using Winamp at the moment.
 
Posted by smallerdemon (Member # 635) on March 13, 2005, 10:25:
 
quote:
Originally posted by magefile:
I've signed up. I don't listen to a lot of music on my computer (that's what the iPod is for), but ... we'll see.

Actually, the Mac plug-in lets you upload from your iPod. [Smile]
 
Posted by magefile (Member # 2918) on March 13, 2005, 20:24:
 
Mac one does. I don't own a mac, and the windows iTunes plugin doesn't have that capability 'cuz the author doesn't own an iPod.
 
Posted by CommanderShroom (Member # 2097) on March 14, 2005, 05:15:
 
It looks like my Nomad streams are also not supported for Winamp. So a majority of my tracks won't show on my lists. [ohwell]
 
Posted by magefile (Member # 2918) on March 14, 2005, 06:19:
 
New setback in the scrobbling front: I haven't been listening to much music lately. Instead, I've been listening to the audio version of US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's "The Majesty of the Law", about SCOTUS and the US Constitution. Very interesting, especially since O'Connor is considered by most to be the swing vote among the nine Justices.
 
Posted by csk (Member # 1941) on March 14, 2005, 15:20:
 
quote:
Originally posted by CommanderShroom:
It looks like my Nomad streams are also not supported for Winamp. So a majority of my tracks won't show on my lists. [ohwell]

It's part of the spec that radio streams aren't meant to be included in submissions, even if all the tags are OK. Of course, if you were to record the stream first, and then listen to the resultant MP3s I think that might work.
 
Posted by Gem (Member # 3711) on March 17, 2005, 12:26:
 
I've just joined the geekculture group. 'elora_danan' is my ID on there, in case anyone was wondering who the newcomer is [Smile]
 


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