Audioscrobbler is a computer system that builds up a detailed profile of your musical taste. After installing an Audioscrobbler Plugin, your computer sends the name of every song you play to the Audioscrobbler Server. With this information, the Audioscrobbler server builds you a 'Musical Profile'. Statistics from your Musical Profile are shown on your Audioscrobbler User Page, available for everyone to view.
There are lots of people using Audioscrobbler, but usually only the people who like the same sort of music to you are interesting. The Audioscrobbler Server calculates which people are most similar to you, based on shared musical taste, so you can take a look at what your peers are listening to.
With this information, Audioscrobbler is able to automatically generate suggestions for new songs/artists you might like. These suggestions are based on the same principals as Amazon's "People who bought this also bought X,Y,Z", but because the Audioscrobbler data is what people are actually listening to, the suggestions tend to make more sense.
January 22, 2006
Version: Audioscrobbler Winamp Plugin 1.1.7
Requires Audioscrobbler account...which is 100% free.
The plugin is free too.
Comes in an easy installer.
Tracks all the music you play and sends the information to the Audioscrobbler website which generates a whole webpage describing what you listen to. It is really amazing to see your listening habits in graphical form.
May slow down initial startup of WinAMP on older computers.
The music files have to have ID3 tags to be properly tracked and sent to the website for tracking. The plugin will not understand files without ID3 tags even if you have a proper file name.
Preferences for the plugin are a little hard to find in WinAMP the first time you look for them.