Tuesday, May 16, 2006


Pandora - open the box let the music flood out

This has to be one of the most useful things to hit the web in a long time. Coming from the Music Genome Project - of that more later - is www.Pandora.com. This is basically your own radio station you can tailor to your own musical tastes.

It's incredibly easy to use you just key in an artist or song you really like and the service will create a neverending stream of music based similar to that artist or track. I used this recently at a birthday party for a 65 year old and it played constantly with very appropriate music for over 6 hours and never repeated a track.

The reason this works so well is that an incredibly dedicated bunch of people have sat down and listened and listened and listened to a huge raft of music and then rated the content based on its musical style, tempo, rhythm etc. They have done an amazing job.

Just goes to show that at the moment really convenient computing sometimes needs the human touch.

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