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Big Brother likes your record collection

  • 15th Nov, 2005 at 7:11 PM

I signed up with last.fm a while ago, which is pretty interesting. It's a website that stems from a piece of software called Audioscrobbler that would record your music listening habits and do some fancy statistical analysis on them. Unlike many other "community-based" websites, last.fm actually has a good user-interface and a decidedly non-evil demeanour.

My hope was to find people with similar musical taste, so that I could discover music that I would like. So I dutifully installed a plugin for my music player and started listening to music that I liked.

This turned out to be useless. The person with the closest listening taste has a match value of "16.4063", which I gather to be pretty low. When browsing these people's profiles, I realise that they have very little in common with my taste. That's weird, because one would expect that with all these people using this website, that at least one person would develop similar interests.

I have come up with a few explanations for this curiosity:

  • I don't listen to enough music to accurately represent my taste.
  • My taste in music hasn't set yet, so I listen to a whole bunch of different things.
  • My taste in music has set, but I've decided on different criteria than everyone else.
  • I'm insane.

I really hope it's not the latter.



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16th Nov, 2005 00:48 (UTC)
For what it's worth, my closest last.fm neighbour is something like 4.xxxx match value.

last.fm is cool just to track personal statistics. I've somewhat given up on the community aspect of it. I do like the radio station feature though.
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16th Nov, 2005 05:44 (UTC)
There seems to be a local mean at 18 and a local mean at 35.
16th Nov, 2005 17:01 (UTC)
5. last.fm matching sucks

I don't use it myself (since I'm a luddite who does most of his listening using actual CDs) but my friends who do universally report on it taking far more songs than expected to produce matches, and those matches not being very good.
18th Nov, 2005 05:25 (UTC)
i don't understand how they generate matches at all. for instance, inertiacrept constantly fight over music and who has better taste, which is to say that we don't exactly converge in musical tastes, yet i am fairly consistently the queen of his match list. (yet he doesn't even rank on my list.)

anyway, i just noticed you'd added me on there.
18th Nov, 2005 16:37 (UTC)
I did, because you seemed to be quite interesting. Certainly, your drawings make me smile.
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