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Type of site
|Professional Reviews/Ratings of Entertainment Media|
|Owner||Critical Metrics LLC.|
|Created by||Joseph Anuff|
Critical Metrics was a web-based music recommendation service. Unlike user-driven sites like The Hype Machine and Pandora, Critical Metrics featured only expert-generated content. Aggregating reviews and playlists from over 150 publications, both print and online, the site also encompassed historical sources. The site then ranked the songs mathematically, based on the information gathered. With a methodology based in the fields of bibliometrics and sentiment analysis, Critical Metrics quantified these positive citations and sentiments into indices for media playlisting and consumption.
Streaming audio and YouTube videos were presented with the original recommendations, along with the option to purchase via iTunes or other online retailers. When the site was launched in April 2007, it hosted the streaming music itself. A licensing arrangement with Rhapsody removed the free music, but allowed unlimited listening and playlist-building for Rhapsody subscribers.
Critical Metrics was founded by Joey Anuff, the co-founder of Suck.com and a former VH1 executive. The site was praised by Boing Boing, the Wall St. Journal, and Business Week. Los Angeles Times senior music critic Ann Powers referred to the site as her "favorite snobby top 40 station."
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- Ann Powers (2007-12-17). "The Best Music of 2007". Slate.com.
..On workdays I often keep a window open to Critical Metrics, my favorite snobby Top 40 station, and try to absorb what's new...
- Jon Fine (2007-10-15). "Music, Critics, and Crowds". Business Week.
- John Jurgensen (2007-04-28). "Picks: A new site lets you find the songs that have the most critics buzzing". Wall St. Journal.
- Alec Hanley Bemis (2007-06-13). "MetaJournalism-dot-com". L.A. Weekly.
"...I'm tempted to say it's the only site you need to keep track of new music."
- Mark Frauenfelder (2007-04-20). "Cool New Online Playlist Generator". Boing Boing.