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The iTunes 8 Genius and Buyer's Remorse
Authored by: mcmikemn on Sep 16, '08 12:24:06PM
Wired has a wiki (http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Get_Better_Genius_Recommendations_in_iTunes) on how to "Get Better Genius Recommendations in iTunes." One of their suggestions, currently, is:

"Don't customize genres. You may think Aphex Twin's Come to Daddy belongs in a genre like "Avant Garde" or "Techno," but the iTunes Store database (which Genius queries) insists it's "Dance/Electronica." Change your genres to conflict with iTunes and your recommendations will suffer. Try to keep your genres matched with what's in the iTunes Store."

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The iTunes 8 Genius and Buyer's Remorse
Authored by: nekomatic on Sep 17, '08 05:17:29AM

I don't agree with that advice - I remove the genre from nearly every track I import into iTunes (i.e. I set it to None) and it doesn't seem to interfere with Genius at all.



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The iTunes 8 Genius and Buyer's Remorse
Authored by: VesperDEM on Sep 17, '08 11:45:48AM

I don't agree also. I use Genre to tell some of my Smart Playlists to pick a track to play vrs. not to play. I add a "PL" to the end of the Genre to assign a track as one to use in my Smart Playlists.

Interestingly, iTunes sees those Genre's and puts the correct image in them in the Genre Grid view. So I'm guessing that my "PL" doesn't interfere with the Genius tool either. That and the fact that I can generate Genius playlists just fine.



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