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Saturday, October 1, 2005

New Music Recommendation System Is Based On FOAF Personal Profiling

Foafing the Music is the first music recommender system based on user's profile. This means that, depending on what you like, what you listen to, where you live, you get personalized music recommendations.

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Foafing the Music is part of the SIMAC IST-EU project which devotes itself to support the development of new software tools to enhance our music enjoyment experience.

Foafing the Music makes use of information available on other websites (in the form of thousands of RSS feeds) to recommend you music that you'll love!

The system uses the vocabulary created in the Friend of a Friend (FOAF) project to define user preferences. The FOAF project is about creating a Web of machine-readable homepages describing people, the links between them and the things they create and do.

Moreover, the system gets noticed of your listening habits (using your account and the Audioscrobbler plugin. This way, you're always discovering new and exciting music, based on the music you listen to.



Then, based on your user profile and your listening habits the system recommends you:

  • Artists similar to the ones you like
  • New music releases from your favourite and recommended artists (from sources such as: iTunes, Amazon, Yahoo shopping and the like)
  • Related MP3-blogs to download
  • Podcast sessions to stream/download
  • Automatic creation of playlists based on acoustic and musical similarity calculated from the audio
  • Incoming concerts near your city
  • Artists' related news
  • Last but not least, if you have a Webjay account, you can even play your playlists in a new FOAF-friendly music player, and view related playlists from other users.

    Try out the demo or crate a new account now at:

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    posted by Robin Good on Saturday, October 1 2005, updated on Tuesday, May 5 2015

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