iRATE works by asking you to rate the tracks it plays. All the music it downloads for you is free, legal, and already available on the web. As you rate tracks, the program begins to build up an understanding of your personal music tastes. By comparing your ratings to other peoples', the next set of tracks you are given are more likely to suit your tastes. In fact, as it continues, the system becomes more and more intelligent.
iRATE is free software. It's efficient and won't give you any rubbish - iRATE is doing its job as soon as it starts.
There are some drawbacks. To use iRATE effectively you'll probably need a broadband connection. The mp3s it downloads are reasonably big files and can take a while to complete. The latest stable version has an interface that looks a bit bare, but it works and it's due for an update soon.
Overall, I really like iRATE. It seems like such a simple idea, but it's a good one and has been done well. I've already found a lot of music I'd be willing to pay for in the future.
Hmmm. It does sound pretty reasonable. I already have a big pile of music I wanna listen to though, so maybe later. / Comment from Tunnie on 12 Sep 2004 at 16:04.
I thought you might wanna know that when i clicked the Java link it went to a 404 error, tut tut tut hehe / Comment from AD4M on 24 Sep 2004 at 19:47.
Hmm, java.com being silly. Fixed! / Comment from Robert Marshall on 24 Sep 2004 at 19:57.
On the subject of iRate, here's a little last.fm-esque logger I made for it: http://quicktools.ath.cx/irate/source.zip - has to be run on a local server though (or you could synch your xml file to a forbidden directory on a server, if you don't mind your password being on the server). / Comment from Elliott Hird on 29 Jul 2006 at 18:41.
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