The iTunes Music Store has a beta feature called Just For You, which suggested albums I might be interested in based on past iTunes purchases.Alyce goes on to say the feature is comparable to Amazon.com's recommendations and that "accurate recommendations add much more than convenience to Internet-based shopping."
Was it accurate? You bet. I bought a few albums, EPs, and singles.
When I fired up iTunes and took a look, my recommendations seemed reasonable. In my case, the recommendations overemphasized some older purchases that no longer reflect my tastes in music, but that's probably a minor issue that they'll iron out soon enough.
I'm pleased that Apple is doing this. More than once, I had enough trouble finding things to buy on iTunes that I've hopped over to Amazon to look at their similarities and recommendations, then returned to iTunes to buy. Of course, most people wouldn't bother doing that.
It's about time Apple added more personalization and discovery features to the iTunes Music Store. Let's hope there's more to come.
[Found on Findory]
Update: The WSJ reports that Amazon.com soon will offer iTunes-like digital music downloads. Maybe I won't have to wait for Apple. [via TechDirt]
Update: Kate Moser at the CSM just wrote an interesting article on music recommendations. It includes a prediction that "taste-sharing applications" will drive 25% of online music sales by 2010.