An Amazing Music Store Suggestion

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by agp, May 1, 2003.

  1. agp macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2002
    I have really cool suggestion for iTunes music store!! Maybe someone has already thought of this?

    Before you ask, I have suggested this via the iTunes store suggestions link too.

    My favourite feature at Amazon, and the reason I choose it above other online shops is the album recomendations based on my preferences.

    My suggestion is to use peoples star ratings in iTunes to then recomend new titles. The music store can look at ratings of your music already in iTunes and then provide recomendations based on the ratings.

    This save the hastle of rating all items online at a website, and most people probably rate their tunes already for use in smart playlists. Thus we all get the additional benefit if we rate our tunes.

    Plus it will increase revenue at the music store by entising people to try new music inline with their taste!
  2. shakespeare macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2002
    Portland, Maine
  3. bbarnhart macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2002
    Most radio stations have website. They should have a link to the Apple Music Store for the song they are currently playing (if available). So, if you like a song on the radio and don't know what it is called, check your radio stations website, and then click the link to the Apple Music Store.

    The radio station would get a few pennies for each successful transaction.
  4. 4409723 Suspended


    Jun 22, 2001
    It almost does this, when you browse an album it says, "People who bought this album also bought..", or something to that effect. Interesting idea, even though I don't think I'll ever use the service.
  5. dynamicd macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2002
    The problem with that feature is that most of the music i put on my computer i like so all 1200 of my songs are rated as 4 or 5 stars.
  6. Kid Red macrumors 65816

    Dec 14, 2001
    Ah great idea! iTunes would send back the ratings on everyone's music lists? It would send back the data of the best rated pirated mp3s! Then Apple could have a 'Most Popular Pirated MP3" list.

    Sacarstic but I'm hard pressed to think that at a good percentage of users have pirated mp3s (myself included). So I would not be open to letting music companies know that I have gigs of illegal music. Also, I don't feel like rating every song, it's silly to do so. If I don't like the song it's not in my library.

    Now, secure info based on how many times played on music only bought from themusic store is an idea. Besides, I can tell in the 30 seconds of preview if I'm gonna like a song.
  7. Jeffx342 macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2002
    North Andover
    Apple Needs to advertise that the users that buy the songs are not downloading Mp3's there downloading AAC which is amazing quality. I compared my music with AAC it was a big difference
  8. sparks9 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2003
  9. Flowbee macrumors 68030


    Dec 27, 2002
    Alameda, CA
    I think the "People who bought this album also bought..." feature will serve this purpose pretty well. Once the store has been used for a few months, the results won't be quite as random as they seem now.
  10. tcolling macrumors member

    Dec 19, 2001
    As opposed to declaring it publicly on a popular rumors site?
  11. lmalave macrumors 68000


    Nov 8, 2002
    Chinatown NYC
    Well, they already have the "people who bought this also bought...". But I agree if they could find some non-intrusive way of gathering user ratings it would be that much better.
  12. herr_neumann macrumors 6502


    Mar 27, 2003
    Roseville, Ca
    I think rather than an arbitrary rating it should base it on amount played. Some sort of ratio which has an amount of time (like a month/week/etc) and what percent a song monopolized your itunes.
  13. tazo macrumors 68040


    Apr 6, 2003
    Pacific Northwest, Seattle, WA actually
  14. vniow macrumors G4

    Jul 18, 2002
    I accidentally my whole location.
    While the suggestions are aloat...

    I would like to see some sort of bookmark feature for the store, there are a few artists/albums that I'd like to buy sometime in the future but not at the moment and I may forget to write the name down somewhere so then I have to go searching around the store for something I don't even remember the name of so I'd like a little tab or something off to the side of artists/albums that I want to be reminded of but haven't bought yet.

    And I would like to see a better management for previews for us with less than ideal connection speed..

    Currently I'm only able to preview one song at a time like when I go to preview another one, the cache is purged or something and I have to wait for it to buffer again if I want to hear the same preview, something where all the previews were stored and encrypted for a certain amount of days would be nice, maybe it could also have a song/size limit, otherwise the 30-sec preview function is perfect, I just wish I could access ones I've already heard quicker...
  15. Grimace macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
    Would you pay to download a song that you didn't like and wouldn't give a good rating to???
  16. agp thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2002
    You can overcome privacy issues by having an option in iTunes to choose which ratings the music store can see.....kind of like Amazon that lets you rate any CD you own or have bought and also tell it to ignore the ratings of certain items.

    Another option is that they could just base recomendations on ratings and playcounts given to your purchased music.

    The point mentioned that all your music is 4 or five stars does not apply to all people. I am very open to buying new music, so I have a wide range of music...some of which I really like and some that I just like. iTunes could just let you turn off the whole recomendations system if you didn't want to use it.

    The biggest issue I see is how do apple retrieve and store the data? Do they let you choose to update musicstore ratings or do they update everytime you login? Amazon is sorted since it keeps the ratings on their database.
  17. amnesiac1984 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2002
    I think one of the best features of amazon is the recommendations list that users can leave, they appear in the right of the screen when you search for an album, people list albums they like and write a bit about why. Also the customer reviews section has often influenced purchases off amazon.
  18. kylos macrumors 6502a


    Nov 8, 2002
    I love the idea of a link to the iTMS from radio websites. That would be so sweet to hear something, say "I like that", and then buy.

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