Yeah yeah yeah, I’m one of the odd dudes who went with a Zune over an iPod. It’s been covered on here. But, today the Zune software updated to add a Smart DJ feature, looking to counter Apple’s much-hyped Genius engine.
It’s no secret I’m a fan of good dynamic playlists. It’s what kept me using Exaile and Listen! on Ubuntu before I bought the Zune, and it was sorely missed when I made the switch. And now it’s back. And, I can justify my Zune Pass further because it’ll let me toggle whether to include local only (traditional dynamic), or to shuffle what I have with recommendations from their online catalog (much more like Pandora, but without the feedback loop).
And, so far, it seems solid. I was worried. Their “Rock Picks For You” playlist seemed to have me confused with my assistant manager (I don’t even like Nickelback, I don’t need half my list to be them, darn it). Smart DJ is considerably better at it’s job. I am pleased.
I am also spent. It’s nighty-night for this Zed. More later.