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December 01, 2005

Why AudioScrobbler (and others) Suck

The thing that drives me absolutely bloody mad, however, about all these mp3 discovery and management tools, and it's hugely apparent if you look at my last.fm profile is that they completely and utterly fail to deal with classical music sensibly.

Out of the top ten artists, five are classical pianists.

I have virtually no interest in other works they have chosen to perform.

I have lots of interest in other works by *the composers* of the works they have chosen/allowed by their record company to perform.

Alicia de la Roccha - I'm sure you're lovely, but why won't last.fm let me find other works by composers similar to Albeniz? Rafael Kubelik - I think some of your interpretation is really rather ropey, but it's the only recording of Janacek's solo piano works I could find. I'd really like to find something a little more approachable. (And *jesus* there has to be an alternative to Richter's painfully percussive late recordings of Prokoviev's piano sonatas)

And iTunes is no better - the 'browse' window in the library can only be set to group by artist. I've got piano works by Debussy from about 10 different performers in here, but no I have to go and remember every single one of their arsing names.

I suspect I am in the minority, but it shouldn't be that hard to sort out...

Posted by Tom Dolan at December 1, 2005 10:48 PM

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