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What Your Music Taste Says About How You Think
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David Wagner
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7/31/2015 | 1:14:50 PM
Re: Error: Can not align
@Broadway0474- Ha! I wondered when someone would start the "I don't like x" conversation and someone would defend x. I agree about jazz being a lot of things. I got into jazz through big band 30's and 40's music. Actually i got into it probably the way most people my age did-- through liking the Christmas music of the era. And then catches some old movies and eventually I just started digging the music. It was the gateway into other forms of jazz.

I'm no jazz expert, but I like all forms of jazz now. My biggest problem with jazz is that it is important for me to have a singer in my music. Don't know why. but i don't like instrumental music. So for me, that shuts down some of the most famous jazz recordings in the world. But there's a enough jazz with vocalists out there to keep me busy. 

I think vnewmans2 should let us teach her how to like jazz. :)
David Wagner
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7/30/2015 | 7:41:43 PM
Re: why labeling everything?
@GAProgrammer- As far as I'm concerned everyone who reads IWeek is a special snowflake. :)
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7/30/2015 | 7:39:49 PM
Re: Fun but worthless
@asksqn- i agree that this test is useless. I think, however, unlike some of the perosnality quizes, cloud music streaming services might give us a chance to actually "solve" this one to a certain extent.
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7/30/2015 | 7:38:17 PM
Re: Fun but worthless
@impactnow- I suppose it is possible but since this was a volunteer test, hopefully people didn't game it the way they might a "which Spice Girl are you" online quiz. But maybe they did. i'm Baby Spice, by the way.
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7/30/2015 | 1:59:48 PM
Re: Fun but worthless
I have read about employees who try to game those personality tests that may be true of this one as well. Once someone understands the mechanics it can most likely be gamed.
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7/27/2015 | 3:59:25 PM
time and place
I agree the decisions can very well be based on specific times and specific moods but that said it is an interesting way of determining someone's tendencies . I think they would have to be a rather large sample size to determine if it is the overall classification or if there's a primary and secondary classification.
David Wagner
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7/27/2015 | 2:17:31 PM
Re: Error: Can not align
@dried_squid- that's the real goal is to get people thinking. Glad it worked. But you're right, I think a range of tastes might show more. This guy has all Metallica in his music collection and nothing else and that guy has Metallica and Bach and Dolly Parton. what does that say about each other them? I don't know. But it must say something.
David Wagner
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7/27/2015 | 1:04:34 PM
Re: No Correlation, I think!
@sachinee- I'm sure we're fairly close to that. I remember a now defunct music service called Rhapsody that I really enjoyed because it allowed me to rate music from 1 to 100 and it would weight how often songds were played by the scores (1 to 5 stars isn't enough for me), and once you got that thing dialed in, I swear it could read your mind on what you wanted to hear. 

I think the real thing holding that back is royalty rates. If you use a streaming service like Pandora or Spotify, I'm pretty sure their shuffle is based partially on the rates they pay various artists. I see thumped up songs get played constantly while others rarely come up. 

If mood rather than money dictated the songs, these companies might have to change their business model.
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7/27/2015 | 1:00:44 PM
Re: No Correlation, I think!
@dmason361- Glad you enjoyed it. I try to give everyone a fun read every Friday. Maybe the fact that you enjoyed all the music is a sign that you are right that the study is a bit flawed. I think we can get more detailed with this without working too hard. That's what big data is for.
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7/27/2015 | 12:57:36 PM
Re: why labeling everything?
@wolfram- Well, I don't think we're categorizing everything for the sake of it. We're trying to learn what makes people be the people they are. Learning how people and brains work seems like a good idea to me. Though I agree that paying too much attention to it takes away soem of the romance.


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