Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Gmail and iTunes comments

Something I love about Gmail: It reads my email and attempts to target ads to me. Fuh-nny.

I'm not actually using that account for much yet; mostly, it gets a post every time somebody leaves a comment here. Since the blog name appears as part of the subject line, lately it's trying to sell me an artificial hip. (When what I need is an artificial knee.)

I'd guess that it's still in a very early stage of keyword matches for not a lot of advertisers. It'll be interesting to see if they can draw enough traffic to improve the algorhithms. (While I only wish Google well, it'd kind of be sad to lose the absurdity.)

Something I hate about iTunes: No liner notes!

I went ahead and bought the William Shatner album Has Been. I bought it knowing that Joe Jackson, Aimee Mann, Henry Rollins, and Ben Folds all appear on it. (As well as Lemon Jelly and Brad Paisley, whoever they are.) But when I downloaded it, all the songs were credited just to Shatner.

Note: This has since been fixed on the ITMS. But that doesn't help the ID3 tags on my files. Jooooooooooooobssssssss!

Now I'm perfectly able to do the research and figure out who's on what track. (Let's be honest; I'm constitutionally unable to not look it up.) And I know getting all the liner notes information into the ID3 tags is a huge amount of work for some human to do. (And it would require new ID3 fields for things like Recording Location and People The Artist Thanks anyway.)

But I'm not asking for that. I'm asking for a nice little free download of a PDF version of the liner. With a "sold on iTunes" watermark to stop me from pirating it, if you like.

I just want to know who the session musicians are! Is that so wrong?


Blogger Swankette said...

Regarding gmail ads:

I've been using my gmail account as the primary e-mail since you set me up (thanks!), and after the stint of ads trying to sell both of us bass guitars have somewhat paid attention to what's being sent to me.

The algorithims are VERY basic right now. As in, when someone e-mails me something about the wedding it will put up wedding ads. A friend e-mailed me about a movie - movie ads. Got a bill from my insurance company - ads on transferring of funds and paying bills online.

But there are a lot of e-mails that perplex the system so I get no ads.

So the way it's set up now, it looks like we've got plenty of absurdity left.

12:23 PM, November 17, 2004  

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