Saturday, October 4, 2008
I thought I had reached a sort of plateau in my relationship with Apple. My laptop is humming along happily; I love my iTouch and its new applications, but I had been feeling like we might have stopped growing together (Apple and I). Then one night idling around on iTunes, I discovered the new "genius" feature. After allowing iTunes to see what's in your library (by clicking "update genius" in the Store menu), you select a song in your library and it finds 24 other songs from your own library that make a great playlist for you...often in a completely unexpected way.
I've built a couple of playlists that I enjoy, but the genius button has found items in my library that I've forgotten about...or forgotten what they might sound like combined with other songs. Genius is a strong word, but this is pretty close. It creates the list, you can edit it if you see something horrible, and then save it to your iTunes library for your iPod or burning to a CD.
Apple is rather genius-like as well, as they're happy to "suggest" new music for your genius playlist, which you can buy from iTune...much like the Amazon "you might enjoy this" suggestions when you order a new book. But it's easy to ignore if you want, and especially if your own music library has become rich and diverse.
Apple, I'm sorry I doubted you.