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How does the Echonest improve my listening experience in AmpJuke ? 

Once you have configured "Similar/related tracks (Echonest API)" in AmpJuke, you may start wondering what the benefits are..

 

Besides it's a really great tool for identification of important parameters (BPM/tempo, energy, loudness etc.) within your entire music colletion, there's also - currently, in this version of AmpJuke - only one major improvement to the listening experience for yourself and possibly the users you've created.

 

This is related to "Automatic play"  - it's found in the personal settings (see http://www.ampjuke.org/?id=faq45).

 

If you select "Similar tracks", AmpJuke will try to pick the next track based on the same "values" (BPM/tempo, energy, danceability etc.) as the  track currently being played.

 

The "importance"/priority of each "value" is - of course - controlled by the configuration of "Similar/related tracks (Echonest API)"  as well as how many tracks have actually been "identified" (in terms of "values" - see above) using the Echonest API.

 

If running AmpJuke in jukebox mode the fact that a similar/related track (compared to the one being played right now) can be picked as the next track might also seem like a great enhancement in the overall listening experience.

 

 

Bottom line, in short: With the Echonest feature enabled, AmpJuke takes a huge leap towards the ultimate experience of listening to your music. The Echonest feature actually ‘identifies’ the song you are playing – analyses the sound, dynamics, and rhythmic aspects among other things.

 

 

I do have some plans/thoughts going on for taking even more advantage of the oppotunities that presents themselves when using something like the Echonest API. These plans might (most likely) come to life in a future release of AmpJuke.

 

Other documentation related to the Echonest API in AmpJuke:

What it is.

How to configure.

Configuration examples.

The "mechanics".

Batch-processing.

Improved listening experience (this doc.).

21-06-2013