YouTube Disco – the new Genius?

Music recommendation sites aren’t new by any stretch of the imagination – think Last.fm scrobbling or playlist sharing in Spotify.More recently (and q

Music recommendation sites aren’t new by any stretch of the imagination – think Last.fm scrobbling or playlist sharing in Spotify.

More recently (and quietly) sites like Muziic and Songza have allowed recommendations and playlisting music vids from YouTube. It’s like watching video jukebox satellite channel The Box with an annoying friend. Only without the annoying friend. Or the massive phone bill. Or broadcast quality.

Now YouTube is getting in on the act with Disco, a music recommendation engine that builds video playlists based on the artist you searched for. There’s also the ability to create a ‘mix tape’ or listen to similar artists (anyone smell a whiff of Apple’s Genius?).

And there’s even band biog material available from the ubiquitous AMG AllMusic. Who needs new formats like MusicDNA when you’ve got that?

The recommendations are fairly basic at the moment, but given the scale of YouTube’s operation, you’d expect it to build quickly if it starts to take off.

‘Find, mix, watch,’ says YouTube. Have a go and let us know what you think.

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