What is Pandora?

Here’s a new service that I just love!

Pandora
started the Music Genome Project which answers the question:

Can you help me discover more music that I’ll like?

You plug in the artist and it plays a song from his or her CD and if you like that one it will find other artists that match the style. For example, I typed in John Prine looking for artists that match his style, folk roots, country influences, acoustic sonority, major key tonaliity and acoustic guitar, etc. It so far has come up with Graham Cotton and Kieran Kane & Kevin Welch and Bill Mallonee. I have never heard of any of the four!

In addition Pandora has a “Backstage” which offers a biography of the artist, all CDs with pictures and show dates.

The more the RIAA tries to shut down free music downloads, the more technology runs over, around and under the recording legacy of music. In the case of Pandora, I can save the artist searches and play them when ever I want, like a radio station catering to just my taste. All right!

Pandora Music Genome Project Mover Mike

Update:

BTW, the service is free, supported by advertising of CDs. You can pay for an advertisement free service, but I don’t mind the ads.

Update:

9/3/06: The NY Times has a piece about Pandora in The New Tastemakers

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