From: [identity profile] sevenwindmills.livejournal.com


oh I'm replying as me, rather than other me, but oh, that makes me think of a Cocteau Twins song, or something.... haha

From: [identity profile] myfirstkitchen.livejournal.com


Same here. And do you know, as this comment arrived in my inbox, Sugar Hiccup is playing on my iTunes Genius playlist. So there you go.

From: [identity profile] sevenwindmills.livejournal.com


wowww! Okay, that's REALLY spooky!! Maybe it just started because it read 'Cocteau Twins' on your internet? I've never tried the Genius playlist, and now it sounds scary!!

From: [identity profile] myfirstkitchen.livejournal.com


I use it a lot when I can think of *a* song I want to listen to for my mood but can't be arsed to do a full playlist myself. So this playlist is based on Love To Stay by Altered Images, and threw up the Cocteaus and Prefab Sprout and Saint Etienne and Lloyd Cole and lots of other lovely things I have on my computer. Obviously it works best when I have a lot of the stuff the algorithm recognises as "similar" based on other people's plays etc, otherwise I get some right random stuff or loads of songs by the same band. It only works for stuff in the iTunes store, too, but I like it.

From: [identity profile] sevenwindmills.livejournal.com


Ohh, okay - I had no idea how it worked, even! Although the only place I could really use it would be work - and that could be just scary (I have to convert our PMCD's into WAV format for digital release, so I've all manner of things I don't like in my iTunes!)

I'm gonna give it a try tomorrow!

From: [identity profile] myfirstkitchen.livejournal.com


Just remember to go to Update Genius in the Store menu every time you add stuff, that keeps it accurate. It's sort of like Last.fm recommendations, but more specific. The default is 25 song playlists but I up mine to 100 and then go through and delete from the playlist songs that I don't want in there, so I end up with 70 odd to listen to like "radio". If you pick a song you like to start with (right click, Start Genius), it's not going to recommend you something way off kilter. Genius lists also work on recent iPods and iPhones. I think, works on mine. For my old iPod I just save the Genius playlist to a normal one before syncing.

The other part of Genius is recommending you things to buy in the store, on the store's main page, but for me it either recommends me things I already have or twigs that I like guitar bands from the 80s and keeps asking me to buy Deacon Blue. I ignore that bit...
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