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Its very rare that I repeat what someone else is already blogging. In this case, Volker Weber blogged this and its so incredible I wanted to re-blog it for both of you who read my site by not his. The site is Pandora and its just getting started.
In less than a minute, Pandora creates a customized radio station for you. It does this by asking you to start with your favorite song. Using data from the "Music Genome Project" to find songs which are similar in a musical sense to what you like. You can skip songs you don't like, add more favorites on your own and rate the ones it chooses to help it refine and expand your radio station.
The most amazing part, is that it really works. In less than 5 minutes, I had heard music totally unknown to me that I really enjoyed.
As things get up to speed, the free version will be advertising supported, while inexpensive subscriptions remove the ads. Each song being played includes the information you need to purchase it if you like it, and of course a link to a store that sells it.
These screenshots tell the story. You set up your new "station" by naming a song you like. It plays something from the same group or album first, then goes off and tries to guess at songs you'll like. The screens let you add more songs to the list, rate songs it plays, and skip a few songs each hour.
It even tells you WHY it picked a song if you want it to.
Click <here> to make your own station -- and let me know how it did!
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