One Llama For 'Fun' Music Discovery : Somewhat Frank :: web 2.0 ● technology ● life :: blog by Frank Gruber
My first impressions are positive ones. Clean/fun UI, easy to generate playlists and the integration with Rhapsody is really nice, although not very obvious (hint: generate a playlist then click "play all" in the upper right of the page). It generated some pretty good recommendations based on a seed... some obvious some a bit more obscure.
The playlist above was created using "Bridge and Tunnel" by The Honorary Title as the seed. Some of these artists I know, others I don't. Although, the first generation of this playlist included "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head" by BJ Thomas. That seemed a bit out of left field, but I've learned to love the unexpected in recommendations... they drag you out of your comfort zone and expose some new things every once in a while (although in this case I deleted the song and it was instantly replaced with something else).
My only real complaints is that the whole experience seemed a bit too solitary for my liking... even with the user profiles integrated "post to Facebook" feature. And the other is the embedded widget itself (above) - while is is pretty slick looking - there doesn't seem to be a way to get to the page and/or my profile itself (which is the only place you can leverage the freeplay Rhapsody integration. So, in that case you are stuck with a 30-second sample experience only. Not hard to fix... just a couple of hiccups on an otherwise impressive first release.