Thursday, March 26, 2009

Pandora Radio

I employ various means of discovering new music, including browsing iTunes, Amazon.com, referrals from friends or blogs, and Pandora Radio. Pandora is a free internet radio service that allows users to create "channels" by entering a favorite artist. Using information from the Music Genome Project, Pandora identifies other artists or composers that are similar to your original selection and plays randomly chosen complete songs. The system is remarkably accurate, relying on 400 different musical attributes to identify the music most similar to your artist choice. Users can "train" the system about their preferences by giving each song a thumbs up or thumbs down rating. Channels are saved for future listening and there is no limit on how many channels you can create. All the music is free when streamed from the web but if you like a particular song or group you discover, you can bookmark them or buy music directly from iTunes or Amazon.com with a handy link. The service can be accessed through Pandora's website or you can download a small client that installs to your desktop. Apple iPhone users can access Pandora on their phones. Although I use Pandora mostly for discovering new music, it is simply a great way to expand your musical "library" even if you have no intention of purchasing any of the music you hear. Even without knowing exactly what you're looking for, I can guarantee you that you'll find something you like.

1 comment:

Josh V. said...

You can use grooveshark to create a free library online, and listen to the music there.