I've been having a lot of fun these past few weeks with Pandora. It's free streaming radio that you design yourself.
Just go to www.pandora.com, and start typing in artists and/or songs that you like. You'll start hearing music. Give the thumbs up or thumbs down, keep refining the artist selections and winnowing Pandora's tastes to match your own, and you will discover a lot of new artists and songs. You can even send your station to your friends.
The taste-matching process is a lot more sophisticated than the TiVo or Amazon matrices, thanks to something called the Music Genome Project, which involves professional musicians grading each individual song on hundreds of different criteria each. The evaluation process takes from 30 to 40 minutes per song, and the results are impressive.
Give Pandora a try. You can stream music from the perfect radio station: yours.
Saturday, May 06, 2006
at 11:48 AM