Music Recommendation and Discovery: The Long Tail, Long Fail, and Long Play in the Digital Music Space (Google eBook)
While the amount of new music has grown, some of the traditional ways of finding music have diminished. Thirty years ago, the local radio DJ was a music tastemaker, finding new and interesting music for the local radio audience. Now radio shows are programmed by large corporations that create playlists drawn from a limited pool of tracks. Similarly, record stores have been replaced by big box retailers that have ever--shrinking music departments. In the past, you could always ask the owner of the record store for music recommendations. You would learn what was new, what was good and what was selling. Now, however, you can no longer expect that the teenager behind the cash register will be an expert in new music, or even be someone who listens to music at all. As we rely more and more on automatic music recommendation it is important for us to understand what makes a good music recommender and how a recommender can affect the world of music. With this knowledge we can build systems that offer novel, relevant and interesting music recommendations drawn from the entire world of available music. Aimed at final-year-undergraduate and graduate students working on recommender systems or music information retrieval, this book presents the state of the art of all the different techniques used to recommend items, focusing on the music domain as the underlying application.
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Review: Music Recommendation And Discovery: The Long Tail, Long Fail, And Long Play In The Digital Music SpaceUser Review - Neal Lathia - Goodreads
Probably the best book about music recommendation that I have yet to read. The author takes you on a journey to the Mordor of music recommendation and throws you into a volcano of algorithms by the long tail. Best read with a quiet glass of wine and some rock music blasting. Read full review