Google analyzed our MP3 libraries to visualize the evolution of music

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Google Play knows a lot about what its users listen to, and on Thursday Google shared some of those insights via a new tool called Music Timeline. It’s an interactive feature that shows the popularity of genres over time, as well as the popularity of subgenres and artists within them. It’s also a great way to show off Google Play as a worthy competitor to more widely used streaming services such as Spotify or Pandora, or more popular MP3 stores such as iTunes.

This type of knowledge is a big deal. As I explained earlier this month, the battle to become the world’s dominant streaming service is heating up as more listening goes digital. Google is a late-comer, but one with some serious potential.

I don’t know how Google Play’s recommendation algorithms work, but it seems like Google could make a pretty good first hack at classifying someone’s taste…

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