Mag 16 2008, 10:46
i joined last.fm in february 2006. two years later it smells of myspace and facebook very badly. it's memes all over as people grab silly journal ideas and quite literally pollute the last.fm ether.
i tried looking for M.I.A's similar artists first. I know this doesn't work, since M.I.A is popular and she'd appear surrounded with similar artists that are not similar at all. (computers have no sense of genre, or taste for that matter, remember?) So I look at the journals instead.
many a time in the past a journal entry has done for me what the system can't do (but what, among other things, it was invented for) - be the ultimate taste agent and recommend me more great music based on a starting point.
not now. i was just served shit like long posts of coachella videos, tens of favourite albums (complete with covers and stuff), extremely annoying entries with 3 lines of text and 30 lines of linked artists, the quiz of the moment (#1 what got you into #29? OMGWTF!??!), and, of course, the year in review posts, where there is everything else *except* M.I.A's similar artists. see for yourself
could an artist be that unique? could this artist be that unique? or could last.fm be so polluted and, with no way to rate posts in terms of how great or at least relevant they are, have become a fairly useless service?
i understand if it's easy for the developers to fiddle with multiple tag search and such, but to me, as someone who pays for their service, it becomes pointless paying (what, just to have the ads removed?)