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7:53 pm on Sep 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Apple announced a bunch of new products and upgrades today, among them:

The second generation iPod touch featuring a thin contoured metal design, a 3.5-inch widescreen glass display, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi wireless networking, integrated volume control buttons, a built-in speaker for casual listening and much more.

The new fourth generation iPod nano, the thinnest iPod ever featuring a sleek new design with a curved aluminum and glass enclosure, in nine vibrant colors.

The iPod shuffle has new colors.

A new 120GB iPod classic.

iTunes 8 includes the new breakthrough Genius feature, which lets you automatically create playlists from songs in your music library that go great together -- with just one click.

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But... as PC World quickly pointed out, Genius only seems to work when the tune you picked is in the iTunes store. Which is not good for my site's niche... (a major rock group not in iTunes...)
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How could it work any other way? The whole idea is to match what is in the iTunes store with what they think you may like based upon your personal music collection in iTunes.

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I guess. But, supposedly, it collects info (anonymously) from other iTunes users, and is supposed to tell you what other people who are listening to what you're listening to are listening to...
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I'll have to look in to the "what other people are listening to" function. I've seen no mention of it anywhere....
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Perhaps its not true, I believe the blog on PC World mentioned it.
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From Today @ PC World:

The reason behind this lengthy song indexing and data-export to Apple? In his iPod and iTunes announcement today, Steve Jobs said it was to match up your tastes to other iTunes users. Genius analyzes what those users had also bought, what they're also listening to, and displays your Genius playlists and recommendations accordingly.
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I see what you are referring to now. I thought you meant what they are currently listening to, at the moment you looked, not over time.