As a software guy, I waste my time trying every iTunes plugin. But this week, I found two of real interest -- Google's gtalk and iCueMix from exabre. The former, via srubio, displays your current iTunes track in Google's gtalk messenger window. Who knew Manu Chao would lead to such boomer rock artist synchronicity between Steve Rubio and myself (click on the Google image for the westmp side of our "date").
The latter, iCueMix, indexes your iTunes library and then creates playlists. I seeded it with John Cage's Souvenir and got a surprisingly diverse cross-genre playlist:
- Souvenir (1983) John Cage / Stephen Drury
- Greyhound Part 2 (Remix) / Jon Spencer Blues Explosion/ Experimental Remixes
- Phoenix Riddim / Kid606 / Wire Tapper 13
- Yoko Ono - Georgia Stone / A Chance Operation: The John Cage Tribute (Disc 1)
- Leb Wohl / Neu!
- Forgiveness / Joseph Curiale / The Calm
- Kneel To The Boss / Cabaret Voltaire / DJ Kicks - Four Tet Electronica/Dance
- Etude No. 6 / Stephen Drury / John Cage / Contemporary Piano Music
- Friends / Led Zeppelin III
- Two Cups Of Blood / Gravediggaz / Late Night Tales - Four Tet
- Jesus / Paul Honey / The Calm
- Fire / Nigel Kennedy / Stone Free: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix
- Dazed And Confused / Led Zeppelin
- Epiphany / David Sylvian / Approaching Silence
On the other hand, Google's music trends chart for classical is way too overloaded with Mozart (in my opinion).