Find Music You’ll Love – Pandora

Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. I coulda sworn that I posted a recommendation for Pandora’s music service a long time ago. But I can’t find an entry for it, so I’d better write something now. Pandora is a combination of a flash-based streaming music player and a collaborative rating system:

Those questions often evolved into great conversations. Each friend told us their favorite artists and songs, explored the music we suggested, gave us feedback, and we in turn made new suggestions. Everybody started joking that we were now their personal DJs.

We created Pandora so that we can have that same kind of conversation with you.

Basically, you tell Pandora an artist or song, and it starts up a streaming playlist of other artists/songs that you’ll probably like based on your initial entry. As songs play, you indicate whether or not you liked the song. This helps Pandora determine that, for example, someone who likes Jack Johnson will also probably like the song “Man With Money” by Jorma Whittaker. As more people use the system, Pandora’s results become more accurate.

It’s a very good system, and it’s recommendations run anywhere from good to “Oh my god, how did you know that I’d love this song?” And, since the player is Flash-based, Pandora works on most any system (as long as there’s a Flash player for that system).

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