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  • iTunes as playlist generator

    I use iTunes for lots of things, including making playlists of songs I'm learning. Was playing around a bit today and found a new use: using the Genius feature to fish up new tunes.


    I'm in a trio that plays alt country (I think that's what you'd call it). One song that goes over well is "Stars Turn Blue" by Ryan Adams.

    So I select that song, click the genius button and voila, a list of songs I own that--according to Apples monster database--are liked by people who also like that song. like this:

    Can't Let Go Lucinda Williams

    Have A Little Faith In Me John Hiatt

    It Ain't Me Babe Bob Dylan

    Only Love Can Break Your Heart Neil Young

    Cecilia Simon & Garfunkel

    Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes Paul Simon

    Kindness Ryan Adams

    Talkin' Bout A Revolution Tracy Chapman

    Hands Jewel

    Car Wheels On A Gravel Road Lucinda Williams

    Bad U2

    Both Sides Now Joni Mitchell

    Mr. Tambourine Man Bob Dylan

    Answering Bell Ryan Adams

    Billy James Blunt

    After the Gold Rush Neil Young

    My Favorite Mistake Sheryl Crow

    Let Her Cry Hootie & the Blowfish

    Big Yellow Taxi Joni Mitchell

    The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) Simon & Garfunkel

    Fast Car Tracy Chapman

    Your Body Is A Wonderland John Mayer

    Old Man Neil Young

    Just What I Needed The Cars

    So I pick songs out of that list. Want some alternatives, click genius again.

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  • #2

    yet few of those songs are what I would consider alt country...

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    • pogo97
      pogo97 commented
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      daddymack wrote:

      yet few of those songs are what I would consider alt country...

      That because I'm too old to have come of age on alt country and have very little of it in my collection. The 'genius' isn't genre driven anyway, which is cool; it's driven by the number of people who own both the 'key' song and others. (At least that's what I figure, Apple isn't telling.)

      There's also a thingy down the side that lists suggested songs in the iTunes store. Tends to stick closer to the key song stylistically because, of course, instead a few thousand songs in my collection, it has hundreds of thousands of songs to choose from.

  • #3
    Interesting, never tried genius but I'll give it a try.