What has the Genius done for you?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Ntombi, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. Ntombi macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2008
    Bostonian exiled in SoCal
    Okay, here's the plan: List your source song, and then the playlist the Genius put together for you, and then any thoughts you have about the group.

    Edit: Please take out the extraneous info from the list. We don't need to know how many times you've played the song. ;)

    SOURCE: Sanford and Son Theme (The Streetbeater) Quincy Jones

    Rockit Herbie Hancock
    The Stripper David Rose
    Tomorrow (A Better You, Better Me) Quincy Jones & Tevin Campbell
    Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy The Andrews Sisters
    Big Spender Peggy Lee
    Moody's Mood for Love (I'm In the Mood for Love) Brian McKnight, James Moody, Quincy Jones, Rachelle Ferrell & Take 6
    Here Comes The Sun Nina Simone
    Birdland The Manhattan Transfer
    Don't Know Much Linda Rondstadt featuring Aaron Neville
    The Nearness Of You Norah Jones
    On Broadway George Benson
    On My Own (Single) Michael McDonald & Patty Labelle
    Fever Michael Bublé
    Backlash Blues [Live] Nina Simone
    Quando, Quando, Quando Michael Bublé (With Nelly Furtado)
    Moody's Mood For Love King Pleasure
    Pick Up the Pieces Kenny G & David Sanborn
    Merry Christmas, Baby Etta James
    Send in the Clowns Sarah Vaughan
    Rum And Coca Cola The Andrews Sisters
    Soul Bossa Nova Quincy Jones And His Orchestra
    This Masquerade George Benson
    Grazing In The Grass Hugh Masekela
    Baby It's Cold Outside Ella Fitzgerald & Ray Charles

    This is the fourth list I've put together, and I'm pretty happy with it. It's a great addition for me.
  2. thomahawk macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2008
    Osaka, Japan
    i still have yet to try it!
    i just finished watching the sept 9 keynote presentation and i am "wowed" cant wait to try it out! im updating my ipod touch 1g to 2.1 right now before i start genius
  3. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    I actually really love this right now...works beautifully.

    Source Song: Check Yes Juliet-We the Kings

    Dear Maria, Count me in-All time Low
    The City is at War-Cobra Starship
    A Little Less 16 Candles-Fall out Boy
    Everything is All Right-Motion City Soundtrack
    Everything's Magic- Angels and Airwaves
    The Best of Me-The Starting Line
    In Too Deep-Sum 41
    Hands Down-Dashboard Confessional
    Dreaming with a Broken Heart-John Mayer
    Grand Theft Autumn-Fall Out Boy
    Skyway Avenue-We the Kings
    Say Anything-Cartel
    Guilty Pleasure-Cobra Starship
    Banana Pancakes-Jack Johnson
    Free Fallin-John Mayer
    Streetcorner Symphony-Rob Thomas
    Ohio is for lovers-Hawthrone Heights
    Hear you me-Jimmy Eat World
    Taste of Ink-The Used
    Miserable at Best-Mayday Parade
    Slow Down-The Academy Is...
    Secret Valentine-We the Kings
    Six Feet under the Stars-All Time Low
  4. iTeen macrumors 65816


    Aug 13, 2007
    Its done nothing great for me...hopefully that will change when I get my new iPod Touch.
  5. Ntombi thread starter macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2008
    Bostonian exiled in SoCal
    Source Song: New Shoes Paolo Nutini

    Big Yellow Taxi Counting Crows (featuring Vanessa Carlton)
    Fast Car Tracy Chapman
    Name The Goo Goo Dolls
    Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (Remastered 2006) Wham!
    For What It's Worth Buffalo Springfield
    On the Way Down Ryan Cabrera
    Werewolves of London Warren Zevon
    I'm Too Sexy Right Said Fred
    Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long Long Time) Elton John
    Solsbury Hill Peter Gabriel
    Fire and Rain (Acoustic) James Taylor
    Hard To Handle The Black Crowes
    I Will Remember You Sarah McLachlan
    Stitched Up (Featuring John Mayer) Herbie Hancock & John Mayer
    Kokomo The Beach Boys
    Run-Around Blues Traveler
    Higher Love Steve Winwood
    I Won't Back Down [Live] Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    Breakfast At Tiffany's Deep Blue Something
    Last Christmas (Remastered 2006) Wham!
    Linger The Cranberries
    Ooh La The Kooks
    Faith George Michael
    Crash Into Me Dave Matthews Band

    :D This is fun.
  6. ipodtoucher macrumors 68000


    Sep 13, 2007
    Cedar Park, TX
    Source: Better Together - Jack Johnson

    Gravity - John Mayer
    Thunder - Boys Like Girls
    That's What You Get - Paramore
    Love Today - Mika
    Everything's Magic - Angels and Airwaves
    Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith
    Cheeseburger in Paradise - Jimmy Buffett
    Summer Girls - LFO
    The Unforgiven - Metallica
    Get Together - Madonna
    Everyone Nose - N.E.R.D.
    Migrate - Mariah Carey
    Do You Remember - Jack Johnson
    The War - Angels and Airwaves
    Pod - Tenacious D
    Why Georgia - John Mayer
    American Girl - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
    Emergency - Paramore
    Everything is Alright - Motion City Soundtrack
    Five Minutes to Midnight - Boys Like Girls
    All of Your Love - Hellogoodbye
    Vulnerable - Secondhand Serenade
    Talk - Coldplay
    No Other Way - Jack Johnson

    Its pretty spot on if I do say so myself!
  7. icecold0913 macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2008
    Works amazing except for the random Christmas music thrown in there every time. I guess I should uncheck those songs until the holidays...
  8. Ntombi thread starter macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2008
    Bostonian exiled in SoCal
    I have hundreds of Christmas songs, and they're all unchecked right now, but that only affects the shuffle, not the Genius, unfortunately. We should send Apple some feedback to add that as an option.

    Source Song: We Built This City Starship

    Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (Remastered 2006) Wham!
    Higher Love Steve Winwood
    We Didn't Start the Fire Billy Joel
    Faith George Michael
    Come On Eileen Dexy's Midnight Runners
    Mony Mony Billy Idol
    Kokomo The Beach Boys
    Walking On Broken Glass Annie Lennox
    Uptown Girl Billy Joel
    Small Town John Cougar Mellencamp
    Walking in Memphis Marc Cohn
    Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now Starship
    That's What Friends Are For Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder
    Walk Like An Egyptian The Bangles
    Two Princes Spin Doctors
    Jump (For My Love) The Pointer Sisters
    Don't Go Breaking My Heart Elton John & Kiki Dee
    It's Still Rock And Roll To Me Billy Joel
    Born To Be Wild Steppenwolf
    You Can Call Me Al Paul Simon
    Cum on Feel the Noize Quiet Riot
    I Want A New Drug Huey Lewis and the News
    Rock Me Amadeus (Ihn Liebten Alle Frauen...) Falco
    Run-Around Blues Traveler

    This one's a little iffy. :confused: :D
  9. xJulianx macrumors 6502a


    Oct 1, 2006
    Brighton, UK
    Source song: 20/07/07 - Dead Swans

    We're All Alone - Architects
    No One Ever Gives You A Straight Answer To Anything - The Ghost Of A Thousand
    Bostons - Have Heart
    Freedom - RATM
    Duality - Slipknot (ugh)
    Shy Guys - The Gorgeous
    A Portrait For The Deceased - Architects
    Suffice - SikTh
    Guttershark - The Bled
    That Girl Possessed - Alexisonfire
    Pave Paradise - Have Heart
    One Day I'll Stay Home - Misery Signals
    Go Long Dad - Four Year Strong
    Hunt Them Down - Architects
    Lines Of Seperation - Dead Swans
    Happiness By The Killowatt - City And Colour
    As They Breed They Swarm - Ghost Of A Thousand
    Blamethrower - Reuben
    Wake Up - RATM
    Broken Clocks - Architects
    Arms Of The Truth - Terror
    Hard Bark On The Family Tree - Have Heart
    White Walls - Between The Buried And Me
    The Artist In The Ambulance - Thrice

    All in all, I'd say a fairly spot on playlist. Notice the amount of Architects songs in there... Architects and Dead Swans did a split single not so long ago that was released on iTunes so I put it down to that.

    Pretty clever stuff.
  10. steviem macrumors 68020


    May 26, 2006
    New York, Baby!
    I thought I would see how my library compares with ipodtoucher, so:

    Source: Better Together - Jack Johnson

    Brighter Than Sunshine - Aqualung
    A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More "Touch Me" - Fall Out Boy
    Oh, It Is Love - Hellogoodbye
    Only One - Yellowcard
    Hear You Me - Jimmy Eat World
    Musicis My Hot Hot Sex - CSS
    The Future Freaks Me Out - Motion City Soundtrack
    In Too Deep - Sum 41
    That's What You Get - Paramore
    Do You Want to - Franz Ferdinand
    The Horizon Has Been Defeated - Jack Johnson
    1st period: The Queen and I - Gym Class Heroes
    When I Come Around - Green Day
    Grand Theft Autumn - Where Is Your Boy (Acoustic) - Fall Out Boy Adam's Song - Blink-182
    Smile Like You Mean It - The Killers
    Hands Down - Dashboard Confessional
    Talk - Coldplay
    Look After You - The Fray
    Time To Dance - Panic! At The Disco
    Hash Pipe - Weezer
    Good People - Jack Johnson
    The Adventure - Angels & Airwaves
    Look What You've Done - Jet
  11. Schtumple macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2007
    It's sat there and stayed quiet, I don't like all these drop out menus they keep adding.

    I think I'll give it a quick twirl just to see what it says though.
  12. guitarizt macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2008
    That's pretty sick how accurate it is. This is definitely gonna be better than asking people about new music. I've been struggling trying to find new music lately too.
  13. davidjearly macrumors 68020


    Sep 21, 2006
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I'm enjoying Genius very much. Here is my playlist based on:

    The Reason Why by Rachael Yamagata.

    Attached Files:

  14. Schtumple macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2007
    So I'm listening to a song I recorded the other day, and it's suggested

    "I'm Gone" - Ben Adams
    "Delicious" - Ben Adams

    There's a fine line between recommending songs, and just finding someone with the same name as me :p

    I'll admit, I don't think I've done a fair test here :p
  15. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    It's made me spend an ass load of money at the iTunes store. :mad: :D
  16. Alchemist macrumors regular


    Dec 22, 2004

    I was sceptical... but by god it's accurate...

    I guess with so many iTunes libraries out there it's producing some pretty 'trendy' data almost instantly.

    I stuck in a Third Eye Blind track that I hadn't listened to in years and it basically produced the mixtape I listened to on repeat from age 14 to 17... it was uncanny.

    Based on Third Eye Blind, it gave me:

    Matchbox Twenty
    Toad The Wet Sprocket
    New Radicals (Who I'd all but forgotten)

    and even threw some stuff I like now in, that went REALLY well with the mix:

    State Radio for example.

    Most impressive. Great feature that I really feel is making music fresh again. Cheers Apple
  17. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    Creepiest so far?

    3s and 7s by Queens of the Stone Age produced a playlist that sounded like a who's-who of the track listing for Rock Band/Guitar Hero.

    The first handful tracks were something like:

    3s and 7s - Queens of the Stone Age
    In Bloom - Nirvana
    Cherub Rock - Smashing Pumpkins
    Can't Stop - Red Hot Chili Peppers
    The Metal - Tenacious D
    Little Sister - Queens of the Stone Age
    Hysteria - Muse
    Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden

    My friend actually walked in the room and asked 'Is this like your Rock Band playlist?'
  18. ScubaDuc macrumors 6502


    Aug 7, 2003
    I tried it last night.....

    I choose one of the most famous songs ever written....Hey Jude, and asked for suggestions... :rolleyes:

    It came out with "none" :D It failed miserably :p

    One thing that made me very upset is that the "suggestions reviews" came up in french when my "chosen" language is english..... I find it extremely disrespectful not to keep language preferences into account once asked for them...:mad:
  19. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    That's the downside of having the service tied to the iTunes Music Store. No Beatles there = no recommendations.

    Pretty huge hole, actually.
  20. txr0ckabilly macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2008
    Southwest Louisiana
    i was playing with the genius yesterday and i saw a track i hadn't listened to in ages: "Easy Amplification" by Lee Harvey Oswald Band

    i've owned this CD twice and for some reason it's just one of those CD's i can't take good care of. it's probably due to the fact that i listened to it so much.

    i had three tracks from the album in my library that the sound quality was just terrible because they were ripped from one of the damaged CD's. i clicked on the track in the genius playlist yesterday and it came up with the album in the itunes store. this album has never been available anywhere so i just quit looking.

    i bought it on the spot, left a 5 star review, and loaded it up on the ipod.

    thank you genius!
  21. Ntombi thread starter macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2008
    Bostonian exiled in SoCal
    Source Song: Feeling Good Michael Bublé

    You Are Loved (Don't Give Up) Josh Groban
    A Love Song (With k.d. lang) Anne Murray
    I Finally Found Someone Barbra Streisand & Bryan Adams
    Danny Boy Judy Garland
    After All (Love Theme from "Chances Are") Cher & Peter Cetera
    Homeward Bound (Live) Simon & Garfunkel
    I'm Into Something Good Herman's Hermits
    If You Love Somebody Set Them Free Sting
    I Keep Forgettin' Michael McDonald
    I'm So Excited The Pointer Sisters
    I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues (live) Billy Joel & Elton John
    I Just Can't Stop Loving You Michael Jackson & Siedah Garrett
    A Hazy Shade of Winter Simon and Garfunkel
    Danny's Song (With Martina McBride) Anne Murray
    Coming Out of the Dark Gloria Estefan
    Come Monday Jimmy Buffett
    Cherry, Cherry Neil Diamond
    The Sound Of Silence Simon & Garfunkel
    This is It Kenny Loggins & Michael McDonald
    Mr. Bojangles Robbie Williams
    You're Still You Josh Groban
    Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright) Rod Stewart
    Fragile Sting
    If You Don't Know Me By Now Simply Red

    I'm not sure how I feel about this one. I'm gonna listen, but right now, I'm a little :confused:.

    And yes, I'm definitely feeling the lack of The Beatles. It won't add them to playlists either. :( I can't wait until they're finally added!
  22. BoyBach macrumors 68040


    Feb 24, 2006
    Original song: 'Immigrant Song' by Led Zeppelin.

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    I can't argue with those selections! :)
  23. iMerlin macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2008
    Sorry guys, I didnt mean to post this in your thread. Mods can remove if you want. Thanks
  24. 622 macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2008
    Can't use the Genius... As it is right now.

    I love the idea of the Genius. And I think it works very well. It is cool how it comes up with some ideas for music, that I didn't know I wanted to listen to :D

    BUT I am missing some key features... Because most of my music is full albums, there is allot of tracks I don't want's hear. So a setting that will not play any unchecked tracked is a must!!! Or it could even be, "don't play tracks below X stars". As I have rating on all my music.

    So for now I will have to stick to my smart playlists, that take my ratings in to account :(
  25. hank-b macrumors member


    Apr 29, 2008
    I'm impressed with the selections so far, and that it includes tracks I've ripped off vinyl ("Lost in Music" in the attachment)

    Attached Files:

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