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Aug. 3rd, 2007

I accidentally left Last.fm just running along last night on a "find things similar to Radiohead" query. I was hitting the "ban" button constantly yesterday while actively listening. But Karl came home and I hit mute on the keyboard and completely forgot it was running. Now I'm mortified by some of the things in the "recently played" list because I just installed and started using it so this is how it will build recommendations.

On a tangent... what the fuck is with "scrobbling"? That alone almost made me not use it. It sounds like some faux clever combination of words that someone thought was cool. Like... oh I dunno... "blog" for instance. bleeeeh.


Anyway - In addition to messing up and leaving it going while I was cleaning up the kitchen yesterday (letting things like Harvey Danger, Linkin Park, The Bloodhound Gang, and Alien Ant Farm in), it apparently played all night long and played a lot of things that, were I listening, I would have slammed the "ban" button on. Maybe that's why I slept so poorly... some part of my subconscious just knew that this shit was going on in the next room. The last track I remember was Radiohead's "Myxamatosis". After that it wavers and then gets horrible.

Staind, Dave Matthews Band, Starsailor, John Fruisciante, COUNTING CROWS, The Strokes, 30 MOTHERFUCKING seconds to Mars, Barenaked Ladies, Babyshambles, Billy Corgan, Bloc Party, Death Cab for Cutie, and Blind Melon.

The "related to Radiohead" links are a little fucking broad, I think. I've learned my lesson. I have to watch the playlist like a hawk or I'm going to end up with recommendations for things that I despise. And then it's just any radio at all, so what would be the point?

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umbrella
Aug. 3rd, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
I take it you're not 'maddening' on there. Since I didn't think anyone actually liked the appleseed cast.
maddening
Aug. 3rd, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
it was taken. thelaughingone is my name (long story)
luvrhino
Aug. 3rd, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
I wonder if i can ban it from all Billy Joel, period
I haven't used Last.fm, but does it really give positive points to things it plays that you don't ban? That'd be obnoxious.

I have used Pandora a little bit. My understanding for it was that its selection criteria doesn't change unless you explicitly thumbs-down or thumbs-up a selection. Pandora has done pretty well with a Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds seed, which was interesting given how broad their music is. My Dexy's Midnight Runners seed came up with a few excellent songs, but for a twenty song span was completely in the weeds (e.g. 1910 Fruitgum Company, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Billy Joel).

The station seeded with thirty of my favorite songs was worthless except for when it played a song by one of those artists.
maddening
Aug. 3rd, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
Re: I wonder if i can ban it from all Billy Joel, period
it does what's called "scrobbling". It records things you listen to and based on your listening habits gives you suggestions. So it thinks that the things related to radiohead are all things I like. And apparently it isn't too smart because even after smacking "ban" on 5 different Blind Melon and 8 different Smashing Pumpkin songs it still fed me songs from them... so I guess it's just banning the song, not the artist.

I still don't get how the banning and "love"-ing actually work though. I can either ban a song or add it to my "love" list. And I don't "love" a lot of stuff so there isn't a whole lot that I've added to that list.

I guess the neat thing is that I'm listening to things I normally wouldn't. But it annoys me that it keeps playing things that I really hate (like the Smashing Pumpkins) even after banning their songs over and over. It's just not smart enough.

The only reason I'm using it at all is Rhapsody doesn't like 64 bit Vista.
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