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Initial post: 20 Sep 2009, 16:11:41 BST
MC Zaptone says:
If you go to your Amazon Store (your nameAmazon.co.uk) at the top of the page you get -Todays recommendations -your Wish list -coming soon for you and 15 mp3 samples aimed at your taste in music. Obviously your wish list is made by you but the rest Amazon create. But do they get it anywhere near right when it comes to you?

Today I have been recommended Bing Crosby's dvd Holiday Inn (because I once brought a broom!). The cd Agaetis Byrjun by Sigor Ros who I don't like and all my 15 samples are Blues tracks which accounts for only a small part of my musical tastes.

What did you get recommended today and is it spot on or have Amazon mixed you up with an tone deaf alien?

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Sep 2009, 18:06:34 BST
Martin says:
MC, you bought a broom on Amazon? How come they didn't recommend the Complete Fawlty Towers then??

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Sep 2009, 18:50:27 BST
Last edited by the author on 20 Sep 2009, 18:51:00 BST
hypergod says:
Be reasonable, MC, I don't even know who I really am!!! (Was it a good broom?).
Love.

Posted on 20 Sep 2009, 19:00:08 BST
MC Zaptone says:
No. It was a jmc broom for removing cat/dog hair it was/is sh*te! Never, ever purchase stuff off the net p*ssed.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Sep 2009, 19:05:45 BST
hypergod says:
The only thing one should EVER buy when pissed is more alcohol!!! Words to live by!
Love.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Sep 2009, 08:43:45 BST
Well if your purchase was sh:te, Amazing Zon are obviuosly getting it right by recommending eben more sh:te

Posted on 21 Sep 2009, 11:17:59 BST
MC Zaptone says:
Good point Peter and Hg BUT when you have a spare minute see whether or not yours are any nearer to your tastes.

Posted on 21 Sep 2009, 11:38:12 BST
Last edited by the author on 21 Sep 2009, 11:47:07 BST
Toffeeman says:
These are the 15 MP3 artists:

Ryan Bingham Mescalito - don't know this.
Deadstring Brothers - I've bought them in the past
The Felice Brothers - I can understand this
Emmylou Harris - I can really understand this
Seth Lakeman - I can understand this
Dennis Wilson - - I can understand this but I have it bought from Amazon
Karine Polwart - I can understand this
The Books featuring Jose Gonzalez - Yep, sounds reasonable
Isobel Campbell - yep
Martha Wainwright - very sensible

So, on balance i don't think any of these are unreasonble, except for the ones that I've already got.

Some of the "coming for yous" looked a bit odd but, when you have a fairly wide range of tastes and browsing history, then suggestions for King Crimson aren't as left field as you might imagine.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Sep 2009, 14:25:04 BST
hypergod says:
MC, as Technobumpkin, may I ask for clearer instructions on how to get to this Amazon Store thing, 'cause I tried typing what I thought you meant in all obvious places and got nothing like you're describing. Pretend you're explaining to a mentally retarded, three year old dachshund and you'll possibly come somewhere near to my level of understanding/expertise!
Love.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Sep 2009, 14:30:07 BST
Last edited by the author on 21 Sep 2009, 14:32:26 BST
Toffeeman says:
Hg,

There's a link at the top left of this page called <your name> Amazon.co.uk (the bit in < > should be the same as mine as it appears to be your real first name). Try clicking it. It's just under the bit that says "Hello......". If that fails try Ctrl-F and type in your first name.

Posted on 21 Sep 2009, 14:31:36 BST
Toffeeman says:
Sorry.........three year old dachshund.......... yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap.

Does that help?

Posted on 21 Sep 2009, 14:35:13 BST
phildee says:
I've just celebrated my birthday and I asked everyone for Amazon vouchers, so I've ordered loads of CDs in the last 2 weeks - as a result, my MP3 list is pretty good as it's based around my recent purchases - the only 2 that don't make sense are Camel and Thunder neither of who's music bears any resemblance to the stuff I ordered. But 13 out of 15 ain't bad.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Sep 2009, 15:08:00 BST
Last edited by the author on 21 Sep 2009, 15:28:10 BST
hypergod says:
See, TM understands how totally stupid I am, and that I need to be led by the hand and have things pointed out to me and then explained in VERY simple terms. So, now that I've got there, the recommendations are just totally overrun by video game/manga stuff, on account of me ordering things for Sean, all they recommend to me are country albums.
As to the mp3 samples, I only got seven (unless I'm being stupid and one has to scroll down/up for others?), three of them (Doves, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Jarvis himself) are because I bought Jarvis' first solo album from Zon (don't like it AT ALL!!!) and the other four are Kate Bush ('cause I own 'Hounds... '), GD ('cause I own 'American Beauty'), Stevie Nicks ('cause I own 'Christine McVie') and Grizzly Bear....... because I own 'Computerwelt' by Kraftwerk!!! So I suppose there's a VERY lazy sort of logic involved (except for the last, which I don't get at all), but I wouldn't be interested in actually buying ANY of them, except maybe Jarvis' CD, if it's about a million times better than the first. And I don't buy downloads anyway.
Love.

Posted on 21 Sep 2009, 15:26:30 BST
Toffeeman says:
Glad you found it! You see I'm used to to dealing with friends and family who don't spend all day on a PC so I know the words to use!

I have to say that I never, ever, ever use Amazon as a source for new material. I find reading Mojo, Uncut etc etc a better guide.

(Having said that, the Amazon one's weren't bad, as i said above)

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Sep 2009, 15:29:34 BST
Last edited by the author on 21 Sep 2009, 15:29:47 BST
hypergod says:
Yes, 'yap yap yap... ' really cleared it up for me, TM!
Love.

Posted on 22 Sep 2009, 12:00:42 BST
Bit stupid really, if you buy something by one artist then every record they have ever put out becomes a recommendation. Also I have bought the likes of hot water bottles and a kettle from the sight so every other model of same now features. There are some things i haven't got and might be interested in but I really couldn'r be arsed to sort through all the chaff.

Posted on 22 Sep 2009, 22:05:12 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2009, 22:17:37 BST
Toffeeman says:
Glad to have been of service...

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2009, 23:18:18 BST
Mark Kibble says:
I've just had a quick browse through some of mine, generally in the right sort of area though the reason for getting there is sometimes baffling

Frost; Experiments in mass appeal - noughties metalish rock prog because I bought Touchstone; Jealousy - 80s celtic folk rock

Porcupine Tree; The incident - noughties metalish rock because I bought
Jethro Tull; Live at madison square garden 1978 - do I need to describe the masters.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2009, 23:27:39 BST
Toffeeman says:
I doesn't get better: Recommended - Levitation (Expanded Edition)
~ Hawkwind, because I bought the new one by the Strawbs. What the fvck is that going to sound like?

Posted on 2 Apr 2010, 00:41:05 BST
Dreamer says:
My recommendations are seriously F***kd up siince there's me, my little brother and my mum all using the same account. Therefore i look and see recommendations for the new shrek soundtrack(brother) alongside the levellers(me), the latest teacher guide to phonetic reading for primary school kids(mum) next to the latest star wars cookery book(brother)
and other weird combo's

Posted on 2 Apr 2010, 11:11:41 BST
Last edited by the author on 2 Apr 2010, 11:12:25 BST
T. Franklin says:
Just checked, and not bad actually.

Recommendations include: Keith Jarrett, Black Crowes, Egg, etc There's a Zappa CD I already have, but I didn't buy it here, so fair dos.

I'm not an MP3 person, but those include: Gov't Mule, Van Morrison, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, the Byrds, Harmonia, and The Aphex Twin.

Posted on 2 Apr 2010, 16:27:21 BST
Hillwalker says:
It's almost like Crack the Code - trying to figure out why they recmomend what they do -
I recently bought Cds by Massive Attack and Frank Black - so they recommend one by the Cure (which I already own - can't quite see the link) and I'm baffled why they suggest I should order Joan Armatrading's latest.
I also bought a bread maker last year - so they've sussed out that I eat what I cook, hence the recipe book '101 Meals For Two'??
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