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The Pixies and Tivo

posted: 2007-07-08 11:13:30 perma-link, RSS comments feed

The Pixies were on Austin City Limits last night. They rawked. But that's not the point of this entry.

I've been using a tivo for a couple of years now. It should know alot about what I like at this point. But it doesn't. TiVo's recommendation engine was instead deciding to record Saturday Night Live, which I almost never watch, save for when they feature I band I care about. Had TiVo consulted my other media habits, it would have put anything featuring the Pixies at the top of its priorities. Oh well, it's forgivable.

But TiVo is not my only means of consuming media. I also use iTunes and Democracy. Democracy is certainly less known than iTunes or TiVo but it sits right between them in terms of functionality. It is like an internet driven TiVo with an iTunes interface ( albeit an old version of iTunes ).

I don't have near the free time that I used to have, so maybe someone else will build an open source recommendation engine that looks at the music in your library, the shows you watch on tv and the net and then provides an opinion on content that informed by the totality of my likes as a web service for itunes, democracy and tivo to use to make these fuzzy decisions.



Chuck commented, on July 9, 2007 at 12:54 p.m.:

Hmmm.... if only some company was creating a single application that monitored not only your <a href="">music</a> and <a href="">television</a> viewing, but also had access to your <a href="">calendar</a>...



glenn commented, on July 10, 2007 at 7:56 a.m.:

Exactly. Yeah, I'm glad they are on it, and they are certainly the only company to date that I might trust. But short of them buying TiVo, ( which I used to beg them to do in my prayers -- "God bless mommy; God bless daddy, and let Steve buy TiVo." ) AppleTV is still too much of a "walled garden" for me. I'd rather have something I can feed that I control. It would help not just with traditional media, but filtering rss feeds, etc.


Rob Perkins commented, on July 20, 2007 at 1:06 p.m.:

Perhaps you will hate me for this, and it certainly has its "walled garden" aspects...

Windows Media Center, form a usability perspective, is not bad. As software which integrates *a* music management system with internet video, alternate video and audio sources (it monitors a directory for you if you choose, which means it might be able to soak up iTunes MP3's) as well as an interesting body of aggregated Internet sources.

The annoying bit is that Microsoft and Zap2It appear to use the program guide to *apply* DRM to feeds which don't come with it, so your analog feed of "So You Think You Can Dance" (for one popular example) would get a layer of copy protection applied to it by Media Center. So... good features, but I wouldn't trust 'em as far as I could throw Building 1 up in Redmond.


Glenn commented, on July 22, 2007 at 2:20 p.m.:

The walled garden aspects of both MS and Apple are concerning, and I defenitely do not trust MS. Apple I trust more simply because they have a demonstrated respect for users. DRM is not a sign of respect.


Narendra commented, on August 21, 2012 at 1:51 a.m.:

My initial imsulpe, beyond saying congratulations and well deserved, was that of course you do well given the near 'professional' quality of you and your husband's work.But then as I think about it a little more, professional these days when it comes to the practice of anything journalistic might be considered an insult.So rather, allow me to say the two of you have managed to provide a stylistic and interesting adjunct in audio form to your respective blogs.Like your blogs hard to classify, but easy to appreciate.(there that ought to do it)(with that much buttering up you must be wondering what I'm going to try and sell you about now)(all the above is actually sincere, as hard as that is to believe)


Miky commented, on September 21, 2012 at 8:35 a.m.:

Stop with this Ellen thing please! Our beatlsy idols are too busy and doesnt even need to go to her show. First of all has Ellen herself talked about it? Or even mentioned shes REALLY going to invite a group? NO!!Stop please. U guys are just doing it to prove ur a great fan =.= but ur spamming up their comments!The thing you shold just do is talk about their music and dancing and how ur gonna support em till the end!I love2pm <3 FIGHTHING <3We LOVE our Beast Idols <3


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