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Insanely cool way to discover music you like -- its almost magic. Stunning.

By Andrew Pollack on 11/29/2005 at 03:38 PM EST

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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My own thoughts on this are...By Ben Langhinrichs on 12/01/2005 at 10:50 PM EST
I tried this after Volker blogged about it, and within minutes it found some
very cool songs by groups I had never even heard of. Really amazing site.
My own thoughts on this are...By Ben Rose on 12/02/2005 at 05:54 AM EST
looks interesting, wonder if it knows i only like my music at 256Kbps or higher
My own thoughts on this are...By Simbosan on 12/04/2005 at 05:37 PM EST
I feel same way about Yahoo Messenger customised radio station. It too builds
up a profile of what genres, artists, albums, songs you like. It then plays a
combination of stuff you like and stuff it *thinks* you will like.

I'm constantly finding new stuff that I like and its hitting the old Amazon
one-click shopping hard.
I'm lovin' it! thanks!By Chris Reckling on 12/06/2005 at 05:58 PM EST

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