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Website offers new view of music
A website that acts as your personal music adviser has been set up by a student at the University of Southampton.

Richard Jones and his Audioscrobbler website
Richard Jones has been surprised at popularity of website
Richard Jones began working on Audioscrobbler as part of his third-year computer science project and has been surprised at how popular it has become.

Now, around 3,000 users regularly tune in to the website to go to the forums and get in touch with people with similar music tastes.

At the heart of the website is a software program that monitors what you listen to, recommends new artists and puts you in touch with other people who listen to similar tunes.

Knowing me, knowing you

Using a technique known as collaborative filtering, the software matches everything that is played on the computer, whether from MP3 files, streaming media or CDs converted to some other format.

It can then match your profile up with other Audioscrobbler members, as a means of introducing people to new music.

E-commerce site Amazon offers a similar service, recommending registered users new books, music and movies based on what they have bought online

But often people are buying presents for others, rather than themselves.

Audioscrobbler was a little more geared to your individual taste, said Mr Jones.

"On Amazon you might buy something as a present which doesn't represent your taste but this system bases information on what you have actually played on your computer," he said.

Mr Jones is hoping to develop the site futher.

"What I have achieved so far is just the tip of the iceberg. There is much more to work on and I want this site to become the way to discover and promote new music," he said.

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