I have thousands of songs on both my computer and my iPod. Most of the time, I find myself listening to the same songs, the ones I’ve put into a “favorites” playlist. The other songs that didn’t happen to make it into my favorite list just sit there. Up until now, I hadn’t thought about how nice it would be to have all of the songs placed into playlists for me! I’m sure you’ve found yourself saying “Wow, I didn’t even know I had this song.” One solution to this problem is Soundflavor, the free iTunes DJ that will place your songs into playlists based upon the “flavor” of the sound. As of now, it’s available for Windows only, but it’s worth checking out (they’re working on a mac version as well).
Soundflavor works by “flavorizing” the music in your library by matching a type of music that you’re listening to with another song with similar qualities. There are five different “flavorizer” settings that will determine how the playlists are formed. The “full flavor” setting creates a well balanced list. Some of the newer songs won’t be recognized like older songs because songs that Soundflavor recognizes have been analyzed by one of their 45 analysts. They’ve gone through over 350,000 songs to place the euphonic makeup of the songs into a database. Playlists are determined by era, genre, songs previously listened to, and/or the track’s aural qualities.
While there may be a few glitches that need to be worked out, it is a free plug-in worth experimenting with. You may not end up with perfect playlists, but you’ll probably end up with some new tunes to listen to that you didn’t even realize you had!