Perhaps another gimmicky site that won’t amount to much. Perhaps it’ll be helpful and turn me onto some new bands eventually. Here’s hoping. Check out www.audioscrobbler.com.
This is what the site says about itself:
"Audioscrobbler builds a profile of your musical taste using a plugin for your media player (Winamp, iTunes, etc..). Plugins send the name of every song you play to the Audioscrobbler server, which updates your musical profile with the new song. Every person with a plugin has their own page on this site which shows their listening statistics. The system automatically matches you to people with a similar music taste, and generates personalised recommendations.
There are lots of people using Audioscrobbler, but you probably won’t be interested in most of them. The Audioscrobbler Server calculates which people are most similar to you, based on shared musical taste, so you can take a look at what your peers are listening to.
With this information, Audioscrobbler is able to automatically generate suggestions for new songs/artists you might like. These suggestions are based on the same principles as Amazon’s "People who bought this also bought X,Y,Z", but because the Audioscrobbler data is what people are actually listening to, the suggestions tend to make more sense than Amazon."
It has a kind of cool "movers" list that tells what’s becoming more popular and what’s dropping off the list. Reminds me of the Lyco’s Top 50.