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Audioscrobbler – crude, viral, blog-like

February 4, 2005

We profiled a music preference-matching company called Savage Beast a few weeks ago and mused: Savage Beast is focused on a popular market, but we wonder about its business model – how “proprietary” is the database and how vital is this matching technology to mainstream vendors?
We were reminded of the “proprietary” conundrum when we came across a new site called Audioscrobbler. It is listed prominently on Blogdex today, suggesting to us that Audioscrobbler has good geek buzz.
What is it? According to its site: 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.
Audioscrobbler looks crude, viral, blog-like, and geek-friendly. It’s exactly the kind of service that should make Savage Beast uneasy.
Read: Savage Beast – Profile [the a:c]


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