Extra Fox – A blog by Christopher Taylor

iLike brings more community to iTunes

Posted in Uncategorized by extrafox on December 13, 2006

I was first introduced to iLike because I received a reference to them through a friend who knows the president, Hadi Partovi. At the time I was really interested in their business, but I was still committed to my position here at Groove Digital Entertainment in Tokyo. Anyway, a few weeks ago I received an invitation from Mr. Partovi to join the iLike service and I did. Since then, I have spent some time customizing my profile page, adding friends, navigating through friend connections and the like. I have already discovered new music that I like and that is the entire goal of the service; discovering what iLike…

The service works through a program that you download and install locally on your PC. Once you’ve installed it, the application will launch concurrently with iTunes every time iTunes is launched. As you listen to music, the iLike sidebar will show information about the currently playing song including recommendations for similar songs/artist. You can also navigate to other user’s data as well as search playlists in the sidebar.

Overall, I think the service is a hit. If you can get your friends to join or if you start connecting to people with similar tastes, it can be a very effective way to discover new music and to add a nice community aspect to your music listening.

Math illiteracy is really painful…

Posted in Uncategorized by extrafox on December 11, 2006

Verizon reps cannot do math… [Slashdot][audio]