The Filter
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Uses your music to create interesting playlists.   Free
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The Filter is a neat, free piece of software that helps you build fantastic playlists from the music stored on your Mac. It's like a musical assistant who knows exactly which songs will fit together and which songs won't.

To build a playlist you open up iTunes and let The Filter analyse your library. You then click on 'Create a Playlist' to generate one based on your choice of artist or song. The music in the playlist comes from the music in your collection - it is a great way of rediscovering music you forgot you had!

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Version 2.4.5: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later, iTunes 7 or later with 500 songs or more.

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Shock-J commented on 18 Sep 2007
Nice software but it needs more options. It picks the same artist too many times in a random selection. You should have the option to never pick the same artist twice. I've built playlist with 50 songs but only 15 unique artists. I doesn't seem to want to give me more variety than that.
[Version 2.4.4]


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NadeemF reviewed on 06 Aug 2007
Works nicely BUT I don't think the playlists it creates are very useful - basing it on 2 Big Black and one Dub Syndicate it generated a playlist that included the themes to Wacky Racers and Trumpton!
[Version 2.4.1]

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e.norris (developer) replied on 07 Aug 2007
It is worth while trying The Filter more than once as it learns more about your collection through time, andby your usage patterns.

The recommendation algorithm is based on known relationships between songs, artists, or albums, genre etc. We return, by necessity, songs from your collection since we are not streaming music. We also do take into account your preferences, not just as you play a song ( i.e. skipping it will reduce it's chances of coming up, playing it and seeding it will increase the probablility) but would have read the iTunes database on startup and know your playcount, ratings etc.

The Filter will try and recommend the number of songs you request, you will find that if you have asked for a lot of recommenations from a band(s) for whom we are not overly familiar you may get "strange" recommendations but we will know some relationship between those songs based on people's playing, or purchase habits.

(The lack of familiarity can be because The Filter has not been run for long enough - most analysis of songs takes more time than the initial analysis stage, which is just a analysis of artists for speed purposes).

try again.
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Beatriz commented on 17 Apr 2007
Have been waiting a while for this and to be honest I'm really happy with it (wish I could have been an alpha tester though). No sour grapes however.

One thing I am keen to see is how this fares as a mobile app - any one tried it yet?
[Version 2.0.0.6]


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dennish reviewed on 10 Apr 2007
Makes pretty good playlists in iTunes a lot quicker than I would do myself - so saves time.

Great free app, hands down the best iTunes plug-in I've used thus far.

There are a few bugs in the software, but I've been an Alpha tester and seen how far its come, so I'm sure they'll all get squashed soon.
[Version 2.0.0.5]

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Ryn0r replied on 26 Jun 2007
So far, The Filter has looked promising. It's certainly a very smooth-looking app, very professional in its style considering it's free. That said, its actual performance leaves much to be desired.

Hoping I missed something, I read the Mac FAQ on The Filter's site. It says "The Filter server holds information on over four and a half million songs. That said, our server will not hold all of the songs that you hold in your library."

I have over 10,000 songs in my library, most of them tagged properly. How does The Filter only find 127 of them in its database? And how can I find out which songs have been matched and which haven't?

Obviously, I haven't had any luck with making a playlist. I'm not sure I selected a single song in the "vast database" on The Filter's servers, and I've been trying for fifteen minutes.

I'm going to give this up as a bad job for now. Maybe next version.
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djc0 had trouble on 16 Aug 2007
Any reason why it's taking up 50-70% of my CPU? This is not just while starting up or scanning. I had it build a playlist and it's been playing for over 1/2 an hour.

It seems to work great otherwise.

[Powerbook G4, 2Gb ram, OS 10.4.10]
[Version 2.4.1]

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e.norris (developer) replied on 31 Aug 2007
The initial startup is ab it cpu intensive as we read in the information about the tracks you own and talk to the server. We are looking into it.
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Version Downloads:2,222
Type:Multimedia Design : MP3
License:Free
Date:20 Dec 2007
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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The Filter is a neat, free piece of software that helps you build fantastic playlists from the music stored on your Mac. It's like a musical assistant who knows exactly which songs will fit together and which songs won't.

To build a playlist you open up iTunes and let The Filter analyse your library. You then click on 'Create a Playlist' to generate one based on your choice of artist or song. The music in the playlist comes from the music in your collection - it is a great way of rediscovering music you forgot you had!

Additional Features:
  • Create playlists of any length that match your mood.
  • Update your iPod with automatically refreshing playlists
  • Get personal music recommendations from the iTunes Store
  • Share your music tastes on Facebook and MySpace
  • Read information and reviews on the artists you are listening to.


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