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Berlin-based music recommendation service Mufin has moved into public beta today. Mufin launched in private beta in October. Check out initial Mufin reviews on VentureBeat, Download Squad and Webware. It looks like Mufin provides song previews and in my testing, many of the songs had no previews. However there are lots of links to buy the songs and/or albums.
The company notes that they have 4 million songs (previews??) in their database. Since their initial private beta launch, Mufin has added a Facebook application along with the ability to tie Mufin into an iTunes account and generate recommendations from songs in an iTunes playlist.
While their technology sounds and looks very impressive, the service just doesn’t seem ready for primetime — it feels incomplete. What good is it to recommend a song that I can’t listen to? I really like the idea of taking my iTunes library and recommending other music close to it as you know I am all about discovery. I’d like to see them tie into more music retailers and clearly if possible they need to provide the ability to listen to the entire song.