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My iTunes Music Signature

Here is my iTunes Music Signature (256KB Ogg Vorbis file – play it in Winamp, Foobar2000 or VLC). Here’s the tool to make it.
It’s short snippets of 20 songs that I’ve given high ratings to (though it can also be your 20 most frequently played or something) and is supposed to identify my musical tastes. I’d say it does do a pretty good job – you can hear songs by Ash, The Killers, Green Day, Darren Tate, The Rasmus, Jet, The Caesers, Ascension, Madonna, Jay-Z and Linkin Park.
incidentally the file was converted to Ogg Vorbis using VLC, since I’ve now found out that VLC can also convert audio and video from one format to another. And stream it across a network (which was actually its original purpose as I understand). It can convert to many formats – essentially, anything it can open it can also export to – so that includes MPEG-1/2, MP3, MP4, Ogg Vorbis, Speex and FLAC for audio and DivX, H.263, H.264, MPEG-1/2/4, Ogg Theora and early versions of Windows Media for video. And that’s just the Mac version. So that’s yet another reason to download it.


  1. Here’s my music signature (longer and in MP3 format) I never knew VLC could convert media formats, but I’ve been using GX:Transcoder a lot for just that – it supports loads of formats to convert.

  2. My iTunes Signature

    Via Neil comes the iTunes Signature Creator. Mine contains 30 songs from my collection try and name them all, I’ll post up the results later!
    Right-click here to download this signature. (On Mac, control-click.)