Its been a while, so lets "grade" Genius!

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Winter Charm, May 17, 2009.

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How well does Genius Perform with your Library?

  1. Spot On :D

    11 vote(s)
    14.3%
  2. Okay :)

    31 vote(s)
    40.3%
  3. So-so :l

    16 vote(s)
    20.8%
  4. Crappy :(

    19 vote(s)
    24.7%
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    Winter Charm

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    #1
    Its been a while since genius was announced, and now im wondering if it has improved or not, so answer the poll and tell me if your Genius playlists were spot on, okay, so-so, or crappy. I just re-started genius and i can say that it has worked well (i started it on the first day, but it really sucked back then)...
    But now, i am changing my opinion, and it seems that :apple: and Jobs were right, and that it would get smarter :)

    i am now going to use this more than Pandora. i really want to know if everyone else feels the same way :D
     
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    northy124

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    #2
    It is crap, I get songs either unrelated to the song I chose or I get songs that I already have from the same artist (for buying).
     
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    paulsalter

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    #3
    The novelty wore after after about 2 weeks, I have just tried it now and it says Genius is unavailable for this song.

    I am not a fan of the whole genius thing

    Genius just for you is very poor in the iTunes store and the genius side panel is no good on the right hand side of a MacBook screen, takes up to much space, lets have an option for it at the bottom so we can choose and also stop asking me to buy songs i already own.

    Overall I give Genius 2/10, good idea but doesn't work very well (for me anyway)
     
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    iSaint

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    #4
    I like it. It's fun to create different playlist because I have a fairly diverse collection.

    I hate that the feature can't be added to my iPod Classic. I still don't understand why?!
     
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    Winter Charm

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    most of the time i keep the sidebar closed. the only annoying thing is that it works with music encoded in iTunes only (or bought from the iTunes store)

    but as long as those two things work out, i havent had any problems with it.
     
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    I have to say that it is just okay. Sometimes it is spot on and other times it seems to pull something out of left field. It is still not too bad though.
     
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    TuffLuffJimmy

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    #7
    As far as I can tell your music just has to be properly tagged, it doesn't matter where it was encoded.
     
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    I find it doesn't add anything to the listening experience for me, so it's turned off here.
     
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    instaxgirl

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    #9
    I hated the whole sending information to iTunes or whatever it did. Took ages and was a pain, so I don't bother.
     
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    So-So, about 50% of the time it won't work on my collection on my 120gb classic.
     
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    Winter Charm

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    i see what you mean. My taste in music is quite different, and i am starting to realize that it is not able to find matches for all of my songs ... this is quite disappointing. I was really hoping for a good way to find more music easily.
     
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    bozz2006

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    #13
    i like it quite a bit. I have about 30 gb's of music, and it helps me rediscover some of my music, and creates playlists for me. when I listen to Elvis Costello - "Radio, Radio", and get in the mood for similar stuff, it does a pretty good job of finding that stuff for me.
     
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    NoSmokingBandit

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    I find it to be completely useless. It doesnt make any kind of rational choices when making my playlists. It put Fleet Foxes and Def Leppard on the same playlist.
     
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    JNB

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    #15
    For god's sake, just let me turn the damn thing off.
     
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    Winter Charm

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    30 GB! :eek: Nice! lol. :cool:
     
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    bozz2006

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    #17
    compared to many people on this forum, 30GB is a drop in the bucket. of course, many of them encode their music at a pretty high rate. mine is all 128kbps AAC, right up until all the music in the itunes store went to 256 and default CD rips went to 256 as well.
     
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    TuffLuffJimmy

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    #18
    Have you not been in the "how big is your iTunes library" threads? Some people have libraries terabytes in size.
     
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    Willis

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    #19
    It's a feature I like and use quite alot. More than I could say about the Mini-store :rolleyes:

    For one, I don't use the sidebar. I simply find a track and make playlists.

    Sometimes I never know what to listen to, so will just go with a random track and do a list off that. End up listening to some weird selections, but it's nice to have something different. Then of course there's the good playlists for favourite songs and the like

    Thats me anyway
     
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    Insulin Junkie

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    #20
    Me personally... hate it. Gave it a chance, didn't like it, turned it back on after a few months and gave it a second chance, hated it again, turned it off for good.
     
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    bozz2006

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    #21
    I can see where someone may not like it, but how can you hate it? lol
     
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    Insulin Junkie

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    #22
    As someone who listens predominantly to European underground stuff I really do hate it as it's never even only once given me anything truly similar to what I listen to. (Or if you prefer this; really, really, really don't like it):eek: I'm better off checking the similar bands list on last.fm.
     
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    bozz2006

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    Gotcha. i suppose if you don't listen to music that itunes is "familiar" with, it won't do you a bit of good.
     
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    NoSmokingBandit

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    I can put my whole library on Shuffle and get more coherent playlists than Genius, so i hate it because they spent their time working on this piece of junk instead of making iTunes better and faster.
     
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    Insulin Junkie

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    #25
    Why? I said I hated it, not that it's a bad piece of software.
    On a side note, I hate the iTunes store too, for that exact same reason.
     

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