Popularity of a single song: http://developer.echonest.com/api/v4/song/search?api_key=FIL...
List of songs by an artist ordered by popularity
Since we have Rdio in our Rosetta ID space, you can natively use Rdio IDs and get them back in your calls:
I may create a playlist one day based upon a certain artist (with similar artists in the mix) however the next day I may want to listen to something a bit heavier, making those playlists irrelevant no matter how far I've drilled down my preference list.
While Play Strength is a good concept, it's still just a feature that can become just as underused or overused as a star count.
Instead of focusing on how 'perfectly-automatic' we can make a playlist based on features such as genre, BPM & play strength, we should be focusing on tools that help better understand our moods, the environment around us & the energy and vibes we intend to create from the music itself. The Effect > The Cause.
I think humans can make better decisions with data. Play Strength attempts to expose insights already locked inside your music library.
For example, one of the big changes in driving some hybrid vehicles is a real-time monitor of how power is flowing in and out of the battery. I think just seeing that data changes your driving habits.
That's what I was going for with Play Strength. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
I find star counts really useful. When you've got a huge amount of music it's hard to remember all the songs you like, and ratings (often in conjunction with other properties like genre) are useful way to filter the music.
What I think is really cool is that all this stuff is coming. There are a lot of stakeholders deeply invested in seeing these ideas come to fruition.
To the future! Cheers.
I also appreciate that many of the UI changes for these features are very subtle.
I just wonder how many users would actually find these features useful. I had to explain the concept of the "Collection" of a few people recently, which scared me since it's one of Rdio's core features!
I agree, the whole concept of a cloud-based music library is very new. Forget music, the concept of the cloud is new! I'm looking forward to a holiday filled with questions like, "where is it, who owns it, is it secure?"
Once people are comfortable with the paradigm shift, will really be cooking with gas.
The problem was two fold, one, I really love whole albums when done right. So that most of the music I listen to is album based. The markov chain is pointless then. Two, I would need a really big data set to make it worthwhile. Rdio has that data set (or possibly even Echo Nest).
I always liked the idea of being able to specifically call out those few liked tracks that are a just a little more special :)
@JimEngland, you use stars purely as an organizational tool, which is slick. It's cool that the iTunes interface extends it self to different uses.
@tkahnoski and @zeedog, how would you elegantly expose controls for those different feelings?