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Google Trends now includes chart information about what people are listening to while using Google Talk. Some genres have questionable entries, but it's still fascinating for chart followers. Mind you, I don't remember signing off on sharing that information when I got the new version of Google Talk...
posted by beaucoupkevin (25 comments total)

 
How do I participate in Music Trends?

The first step is to download and install Google Talk, if you haven't done so already. You can then opt in to Music Trends from Google Talk's Settings menu (learn more). After that, anytime you share your music status using iTunes ® , Winamp, Windows Media ® Player, or Yahoo Music Engine ™ , you'll be voting on Google Music Trends.


Then they're not using my computer to figure out what I'm listening to, only their Google Tinfoil mind-control satellites. Back to playing my Glen Campbell MP3s.
posted by dw at 8:23 AM on October 10, 2006


So it looks like Google-Talk users are all in the 18-21 demo? Who woulda thunk? On a side note, thankfully they can't see what I'm watching.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 8:25 AM on October 10, 2006


It's nice that it's opt-in. I Just opted in myself.
posted by delmoi at 8:27 AM on October 10, 2006


The Killers, Snow Patrol and Evanescence. Jesus, can it get any whiter?
posted by spicynuts at 8:33 AM on October 10, 2006 [1 favorite]


It is a setting, but I don't recall being asked if I want to set it to share during installation.

That said, I've got no real problem handing over my valuable demographic data - I have superior taste that can only improve the overall quality in their lists.
posted by beaucoupkevin at 8:34 AM on October 10, 2006


The trance charts are just as dreadful.

Cascada, seriously?
posted by empath at 8:36 AM on October 10, 2006


The Heavy Metal one is both interesting and depressing. Firstly: Evanescence != Heavy Metal. Also, the only Iron Maiden track in there is from Number Of The Beast which is strange (although it is a great album). Good news for Metallica who haven't put out a good album in years - they've got 8 of the top 20. More drugs for Lars - w00t!
posted by TheDonF at 8:38 AM on October 10, 2006


spicynuts writes "Jesus, can it get any whiter?"

The Blues genre is pwned by John Mayer.

It's intense how current all these bands are, or most of them.
posted by OmieWise at 8:40 AM on October 10, 2006


What about the Hip-Hop charts? Jesus tapdancing Christ, you'd think the Black Eyed Peas were the only mainstream "hip-hop" act out there.
posted by Cyclopsis Raptor at 8:41 AM on October 10, 2006


I think the Justice Department should look into breaking up the Enya 'New Age' monopoly.
posted by empath at 8:44 AM on October 10, 2006


Honky Tonk Badonkadonk?

Oh, dear.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 9:02 AM on October 10, 2006


Also, this apparently doesn't work with older versions of WinAmp. Too bad, so sad.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 9:03 AM on October 10, 2006


Two words: selection bias.

The people who are willing to download google talk knowing it will monitor what they do will be younger people, who are also more likely to listen to pop than older music.

That said, as much as I like the song "Mad World" it does not belong on the classical charts. Nor does "Ace of Base", which doesn't belong on any other chart either.

"I saw the sign...". And now I'm showing you the door.
posted by Pastabagel at 9:10 AM on October 10, 2006


It also brings me no small measure of joy to see Weird Al atop the Rap chart.
posted by Pastabagel at 9:12 AM on October 10, 2006


So I'm guessing that genre is more of a guessing game than a science.
Nora Jones? Jazz? Not on my planet. Thankfully.
posted by willmize at 9:13 AM on October 10, 2006


Jesus, can it get any whiter?

Those names sound pretty "white," but so does "Todd Eaton."
God, I hate it when white people dis something by calling it 'white.'"
posted by keswick at 9:29 AM on October 10, 2006


Taking Back Sunday is blues? Seriously now.
posted by obvious at 9:31 AM on October 10, 2006


Taking Back Sunday is blues? Seriously now.

Hopefully they're not just going by the genre byte in the mp3 file.
posted by delmoi at 9:46 AM on October 10, 2006


Audiogobbler.
posted by dhartung at 9:46 AM on October 10, 2006


Todd Eaton is actually a lovely shade of sea foam. Actually, the color reminds me of my childhood. Summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring we'd make meat helmets. When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds.
posted by spicynuts at 10:00 AM on October 10, 2006 [3 favorites]


Too bad it doesn't work with iChat on a Mac, since iChat already supports google talk & shows iTunes current track.
posted by mike3k at 11:16 AM on October 10, 2006


Hopefully they're not just going by the genre byte in the mp3 file.

They probably are. And most of the MP3s I've seen use the genre field as some kind of joke.
posted by knave at 12:18 PM on October 10, 2006


I know it's Google and all, but how is this not just a super-lame version of last.fm/audioscrobbler? (Which, for the uninitiated, features tagging, recommendations, personal "radio," and a ton of other features.)
posted by rafter at 12:39 PM on October 10, 2006


By the way, obligatory mention of the Metafilter group on last.fm. Join up.
posted by rafter at 12:43 PM on October 10, 2006


And most of the MP3s I've seen use the genre field as some kind of joke.

This is very true. I tag everything with Blues because when you get down to it, it's all just the blues, maaan...
posted by First Post at 2:57 PM on October 10, 2006


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