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Soundflavor DJ spins iTunes

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Wednesday, October 4, 2006
News Categories: Windows Software

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Soundflavor today released Soundflavor DJ, digital music software that helps iTunes users create playlists, rediscover the songs in their library, and discover new music based on songs that they already like. Soundflavor DJ is powered by the Music Recommendation Engine and song recommendations are based on more than six years of research that includes the analysis of hundreds of thousands of songs, spanning nearly every genre of music. Soundflavor DJ works as a companion to iTunes and is available for free to Windows XP users. A Mac version, as well as support for additional digital music software such as Windows Media Player, is planned.

You start by playing a few songs in iTunes. These songs will appear in the Soundflavor DJ PlayStream. Soundflavor DJ then takes over and begins showing the album artwork for upcoming songs to be played. Adjusting the “Flavorizer” knob controls how often Soundflavor DJ makes song recommendations to enhance the playlist. The Flavorizer can be set to “Mild Flavor” to freshen up an existing playlist, or “Full Flavor” to give you a chance to kick back and let Soundflavor DJ take over. Once every few songs, a recommendation is made for a song that is similar to other songs being played, but is not in your personal music collection. Clicking on this song lets you learn more about it, hear a sample clip, or purchase from iTunes or Amazon. Recommendations for concert tickets from relevant artists are also made within the PlayStream.

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1

Hello?  Pandora, anyone?

Posted by manders4000 on October 4, 2006 at 1:56 PM (PDT)

2

Yea exactly like pandora.. However, it takes the songs from your itunes rather than browsing the internet… they should release this for mac soon..

Posted by Avi Spector on October 4, 2006 at 4:44 PM (PDT)

3

yeah, I’d much rather have recommendations from songs in my own library. they’re all songs I like already!!! i’ve only been using it for a couple hours, but already, it’s playing songs i completely forgot i had. this should be interesting….

Posted by yelmua on October 4, 2006 at 11:18 PM (PDT)

4

This sounds cool! I wonder if it sets up whole playlists under this methodology, for later listening on an iPod.

Posted by Laer on October 5, 2006 at 12:07 AM (PDT)

5

Has anyone got this to work? When I run it the UI is totally corrupt.. the controls are all over the place.

Posted by spot1701 on October 5, 2006 at 1:30 AM (PDT)

6

Last.fm already does this very well, integrates with iTunes, and is also an online user community.

Posted by palindrome on October 5, 2006 at 3:09 AM (PDT)

7

We’ve seen this before….
http://www.thefilter.com does it miles better!!

Posted by bernster on October 5, 2006 at 8:24 AM (PDT)

8

Has anyone had the problem of it just jumping between two artists ad nauseam? That seems to happen when I click any Iron & Wine song, it just circulates between that and Elliott Smith. From my estimation, I have many more <slit, slit> songs than that! Very strange.

Posted by Melissa on October 7, 2006 at 2:51 PM (PDT)

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I agree with ‘bernster’  I have used SoundFlavor, Last.FM, and The Filter.  The Filter is the clear winner in my book and would go so far as to recomend that you don’t even bother to dl SoundFlavor.  It’s slow, does not recognise any slightly obscure music and was generally a pain to mess with.  I also really like the syncable iPod playlists that you can make with The Filter.

Posted by Peter on October 8, 2006 at 6:26 PM (PDT)

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