Words by c.z.robertson

iRate collaborative filtering radio

2003-10-12 21:35:19 GMT/BST

I've been waiting for something like this for a long time: iRate is a collaborative filtering radio system. As you rate the music you listen to, it selects more music for you by matching up your tastes with those of other listeners. It's still at an early stage, and the UI is quite poor. I haven't been using it long enough to know how well the backend works.

I've often thought about building a system like this, but never got round to it. I'm glad to see that someone else has gone and done it.

One big plus of iRate is that the music it plays is drawn from freely downloadable music on the web, which means that you get to hear music from musicians that you wouldn't hear on the radio.