Tastebuds, Date People That Like Your Music

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 30, 2012
Updated • Dec 11, 2012
Music, Music and Video

Online dating, love it or hate it. The majority of dating sites ask you to fill out a profile, and sometimes a test, before you can complete the sign up process and become a member of the community. They then use algorithms to match you with other people on the site. Some information are taken directly from your input, e.g. if you are into males or femals, the age range, or location, while others are calculated from test results, and how good they match with prospective dating candidates.


Tastebuds is different, and that's the only reason why I'm writing about it. Unlike other sites that ask you to fill out a long list of information about you, Tastebuds asks for groups and artists that you like. You can either fill out those information manually, or import your music taste from Facebook or Last.fm on dating site's front page. Once you have added at least three artists or bands, you can click on the go button to see your matches on the screen.

According to the developers, the more artists you enter the better the match making in the end. I first tested the site with three artists, which returned 2 pages of results, and then with the artist selection above which returned 9. And do not worry if Tastebud gets your location wrong, you can change it on the next page easily.

The majority of users seems to be from the United States and United Kingdom. A switch to the U.S. for the second query resulted in 126 results page, a lot more than the 9 I received for Germany.

tastebud online dating

While you can use the sidebar to change the age range or location, you will get a sign up request for most of the activities on the page. You cannot access a profile page or flip through all matches without signing up first. That's possible either with your Facebook account or a brand-new account that you create directly on the site.

The full functionality becomes available then, so that you can open profile pages, contact people on the site or look at all pages with matches.

Tastebuds at the time of writing is free of charge. It is not clear if the site follows Plenty of Fish in this regard, or if monetization will be added at a later point in time. The idea itself is pretty unique, even though it is likely that we will be seeing copy cat sites eventually that match people by other media or likes.

Then there is the question how well this match making based on one's music taste is really working out. I honestly cannot tell, but there are users who have added hundreds of artists to their profile, which naturally results in a lot of matches. Another thing to consider is that a similar taste in music does not make people automatically compatible in other regards.

Still if you are fed up with traditional dating sites and would like to try something new, you may want to give it a try.


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  1. Justin said on November 30, 2011 at 10:18 am

    The warning message about AAC streams when you load streams is because you don’t have the free Orban AAC/aacPlus Player Plugin installed.


    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 30, 2011 at 10:56 am

      Justin, thanks for the information.

  2. santosh said on December 1, 2011 at 12:43 am

    does this support AAC ? or only mp3 streaming

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 1, 2011 at 1:43 am

      I’d say it supports all pls streams but I have not tried that so cannot verify it 100%.

  3. Barnabas said on August 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you Martin for a most informative and viable solution (it allowed me to play streams from a Netherland internet radio station in my WMP)! Continued success to you!

    Barnabas (USA)

  4. AppleRome said on October 7, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Your steps’ recommendation is still valid until 7th October 2012.. Thank you very much !!

  5. Laura said on December 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you!

  6. sak2005 said on December 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    You must convert file.pls to file.m3u
    because file.pls open with winamp and file.m3u open with wmp.

  7. Lithium said on February 10, 2017 at 11:10 am

    2017 still kicking on Windows 7
    Thx a ton

  8. Dennis said on April 18, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Hey, even i can do it, i stumbled through it and it works great! The only instruction advice i will add as i had to figure this out, when the wmp box opens that says save or open the bar on right says wmp click that drop down and select “open pls in wmp” once you do that it will work . Took me quite some time to discover that as i am no computer expert by any means. Having said that, previously i had downloaded codec packages and something about aac. None did any good. This rocks, i listen to a lot of internet radio and a number of them have dropped flash player and getting wmp to work had been a nightmare. So many thanks for this great solution to another problem that Micro-Hell will not even address. Peace- Out

  9. stephen marshall said on March 19, 2019 at 2:07 am

    openplsinwmp came in a zip file. I unpacked it, and didn’t find anything that looks like an executable, and even the files in the “doc” folder were in a format windows didn’t recognize. I’m not stupid. you said it would open effortlessly. It didn’t. This a rabbit hole I don’t want to go down.

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