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by Rob Friesel

Via TUAW: the Internet iTunes Registry – – upload the XML dump of your iTunes Library and join the info smorgasboard!

On first glance, this seems an awful lot like a variation on what I was talking about recently in “programming serendipity” – – it’s a little too soon for it to be “the lazy web” effect but I’ll take it.

From their home page:

This site allows its users to upload their iTunes playlists and run them through a (growing) series of reporting tools in an effort to help you, the listener, better understand your musical collection.

Some of the interesting things available (once you make an account) include a Browse-By-Letter tool for your iPod, rankings of entire songs and albums, an estimate of how diverse your music collection is and a handy little report that sits in your iPod’s ‘Notes’ folder, and gives you some interesting statistics on each of your genres.

“..estimate how diverse your music collection is…”? I wonder what that’s supposed to mean. Standard deviations away from the mean number of genres in a typical library? Or something else…? I’m curious what all is in there and how it ties back in with what I was talking about the other day.

More to follow…

UPDATE: Well, seems their servers keep flaking out because of dinks like me that saw the TUAW post and flocked there like a dunce pigeon. So I haven’t been able to explore too terribly much but I did get a dump of my Library’s XML file up there:

So… We’ll just have to keep our eyes peeled and hit it up again in the next couple days.

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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