affecting my listening habits...


Set 18 2005, 13:32

It's probably not the point. In fact I'm almost certain it's not the point. But is changing the music that I listen to.

Actually I take the first bit of that back. One of the things that excites me (and everyone else I've spoken to) about is the fact that it helps you to find new and interesting music, in a non-commercial way.

So, since I've started using it again in the last week or so, I've bought 3 new CDs of things I'd never heard of before. So from that perspecitive it's working really well.

But, the side-effect of having the audioscrobbler plugin running in the background is that I'm nervous to listen to 'bad' music. In the fear that it'll ruin my profile. If I listen to a pop-track, will my neighbours suddenly turn into 14 year old screaming girls? If I indulge myself in a moment of rock, will my recommendations suddenly become innundated with the greatest hits of Hair-Metal. Of course not, but at the same time I have (subconciously?) found myself listening to the 'cooler' end of my music library. But of course that's not the point. Yes, I enjoy Metro Area, Alex Smoke, Prefuse 73 and other 'credible' electronica, but at the same time I have listenend to Fleetwood Mac in the last few weeks - and perhaps even more shamefull things too if you can believe it ;-)

I'm just going to have to learn to listen with pride, and not worry about a few musical 'stains' on my profile.


  • iaintait

    wooo hooo! now i can listen to Busted without having to worry about my street-cred! I agree with what you say about listening to 'interesting' music to see what effect it has on your neighbours - online and in real life ;-)

    Set 18 2005, 15:17
  • radiopayola

    The audioscrobbler plugin for winamp has a nifty feature that might help you... I'm not sure if it'll make it worth switching to winamp if you don't already use it, but if users of other media players scream loud enough, they might decide to add the feature for those players. Anyways, the feature... In the Audioscrobbler Config dialog for Winamp, there's a preferences section on the top-right with a button labeled Include/Exclude Dirs. This button allows you to specify which directories you want audioscrobbler to include in your profile. Pretty neat... Personally, I keep all of my new music in a specific folder so that it isn't reported to my profile until I decide to add it to my collection. When I play music from this folder, I use Winamp exclusively. For the rest of my collection, I use iTunes (though I could use winamp if I wanted). I don't really have anything that I consider to be a 'stain' on my profile so I don't have a section for it, but it would be easy to set up. Hope this helps!

    Gen 25 2006, 4:02
  • Y2Ken

    I had the same sort of problem. But I've realised now that it isn't worth my time avoiding listening to a song that I like. Seeing as I'm happy to discover new songs from any genre, my main concern was listening to songs which might have been classed uncool. However, I eventually came to the conclusion that I wanted to represent me accurately, rather than portraying me as I might have wanted to be seen. It's not worth the effort of feeling embarrassed by what you listen to, or presenting a façade. My advice would be to stand up for the music you enjoy, no matter what it is.

    Apr 30 2006, 11:00
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