The YAMS – human-powered, computer-enabled, music recommendation


Are you an old person who just can’t find time in their busy schedule to find new music? Are you a lazy young person/millennial? Do you text in the car? Do you enjoy anagrams of my name? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might need The Yams.

Here’s what you do: go to their website and enter in your mobile phone number. Yes, this is a bit scary, but you will hear from a non-spammy actual human quite quickly. Your new text friend will ask you what kind of music you want to hear and then make you a personal playlist on the music service of your choice, including Apple Music, Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube, Deezer, Rhapsody and Tidal.

The Yams and I are still working on our boundaries and likes/dislikes. They have recommended things I now love and a couple of bands that I have hated for years. Regardless, it’s a lot of fun to try.

Here’s the workout playlist they made for me based on A Place to Bury Strangers and The Dead Weather.

The service is in free beta mode right now, so get going.

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