Some reasons you should use Pandora

So, recently I have discovered Pandora. Pandora, for those of you who were like me just mere months ago, is a free music radio station on the internet. What makes this radio station any different from any other radio station, you might ask? Pandora is built on the foundation of the music genome project. Basically, a whole bunch of muscians and other music geeks analized over 10,000 songs and put together songs that are related by certain sounds, vocals, rhythms, drums, arrangements, harmonizations, ect... and made a giant database of them. So, how does Pandora work? Basically, you go to the website and tell it what kind of music you like. It makes you a radio station of whatever you told it you like. Then, it starts adding songs to it that sound similar or that it thinks you would like based on what kind of patterns in the music are similar to the stuff you already like. You have several radio stations based on what you are in the mood for at the time. It finds stuff you like, and if you don't like it, then you tell it so and it doesn't play stuff like that anymore. So, reasons to use Pandora: 1. It's free. There is no need to register or anything. 2. It finds you new music that you might not have heard of (it knows some pretty obsure stuff) but that you will probably like. 3. It's really easy to use. Some would say, user friendly. 4. Who doesn't like finding new music? 5. It makes buying the music you like easy by having links of the songs you like to itunes or 6. Why are you still reading this instead of making yourself a radio station on Pandora? As Kurt Vonnegut told Rolling Stone magazine in a recent interview (Issue 1007-August, 24th, 2006): his epitaph is to read 'The only proof he needed of the existence of God was music'. And I believe him.

  1. I played a game of trying to stump Pandora with artists I like but that are obscure and it almost always came through, from Earth to Christian Marclay to Magma.

    October 24th, 2006 at 12:57 am
  2. Pandora really has a thing for Bruce Springsteen, though. My brother and I both noticed that whatever sort of playlist you are working on, Pandora will always find Springsteen to be a match at some point. I guess he is just “everymusic.”

    By the way – Pandora is an excellent source for holiday music. Instead of listening to the same 5 records you’ve been listening to since you were born or crappy holiday retail store kisch, type in a couple of holiday songs you really love and let Pandora be the background soundtrack this Christmas!

    October 24th, 2006 at 10:58 am

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