Posted By RichC on January 10, 2006
Every once in a while there is something really great on world wide web that makes me wonder why I haven’t found it before. Have I been living in a cave? Pandora.com is not just another internet radio site, iTunes ‘wannabe,’ or online music player. No … its an ‘intelligent’ (and continually learning) Pandora’s Music Box.’
Amber McCarthy in her podcast with Leo Laporte (of “Call for Help” fame) covered the “Music Genome Project” last week and interviewed the founder Tim Westergren. Nothing really special about the interview an business that started as an ecommerce store, but they have truly bloomed into a unique music website — IMHO the best on the internet.
The Music Genome group has assemble music experts to sort and idenify music and song by “everything from melody, harmony and rhythm, to instrumentation, orchestration, arrangement, lyrics, and of course the rich world of singing and vocal harmony. ” What this does for a listener is to sift through the 300,000+ of songs and artists in tweaking music that not only fits your taste but offers up new music that has a very high probablity of fitting your taste. Just enter a song or and artist and the stream of matching musics starts to flow. Wow … my own personal DJ that knows my likes and dislikes.
The project began in January 2000 and went live with a broadcasting site just out of beta since September 2005. The current model is free and supported by inoffensive advertising, but they also offer a non-advertising subscription model as well. For now … build up to 100 personal stations when you sign up for a free or paid account.
Try Pandora … you won’t regret it.