iPod What has the Genius done for you?


macrumors 68040
Original poster
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.


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


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


macrumors 68040
Original poster
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.


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!


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...


macrumors 68040
Original poster
Jul 1, 2008
Bostonian exiled in SoCal
Works amazing except for the random Christmas music thrown in there every time. I guess I should uncheck those songs until the holidays...
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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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?'


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:


macrumors 601
May 9, 2006
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
That's the downside of having the service tied to the iTunes Music Store. No Beatles there = no recommendations.

Pretty huge hole, actually.


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!


macrumors 68040
Original poster
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!


macrumors 68040
Feb 24, 2006
Original song: 'Immigrant Song' by Led Zeppelin.

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I can't argue with those selections! :)


macrumors 6502a
May 13, 2008
Sorry guys, I didnt mean to post this in your thread. Mods can remove if you want. Thanks


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 :(


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)