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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

iPod Shuffle Sucks with Audioscrobbler

The latest in info-stalking is Audioscrobbler.

If you install Audioscrobbler on your computer, it will upload your listening habits to your own personal Audioscrobbler page. You can check mine out. Thing is, the Audioscrobbler plug-in works by looking at the "Date Last Played" info for your songs, sees what was played since it last did an update, then uploads the appropriate songs.

If you do most of your listening on an iPod Shuffle, you're out of luck. The thing is, it looks to me like the iPod Shuffle doesn't record "Date Last Played" information. How is it that I have come to this conclusion? When I sync my iPod Shuffle with my iTunes library, I see the play count information increment for songs I've listened to, but not the "Date Last Played" data.

If the Shuffle does in fact have this information, then could Apple please please update the appropriate software so that we can take advantage of this information.


karen said...

Creed? Creed? Creeeeeed?

9:10 PM  
Geneffects said...

Karen, don't tell me you don't have the occasional guilty-pleasure track amongst all the Shins, Pixies and Crooked Fingers in your playlist! But, if I may offer a piece of advice, don't let the first mix-CD you make for someone be composed entirely of these guilty-pleasure tracks. I did that once, and I think that was the beginning of the end.

7:51 PM  
Anonymous said...

Does anyone really like the shuffle? It is crap, I made the mistake of buying one and took it back the same day. Great packaging, "can it read your mind? How does it know what to play next?" It doesn't! Unless you can remember in what order you have stored (less than) 120 songs. It's a BIG waste of money!

4:58 PM  
Anonymous said...

here's the deal with audioscrobbler, it only reads songs that you play from Itunes library from your PC, not from your Ipod or Ipod shuffle, there is a seperate download that I just recieved from a friend that will read what you've played from your Ipod or Ipod shuffle, so it is not Apple or Audioscrobbler at fault, once I get more details on the new download, specifically for your Ipod, I'll repost it

2:54 PM  

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