What We’re Loving: Pandora

My Pandora Player

My Pandora Player

Since most radio stations these days recycle the same 15 songs over and over, Pandora Internet Radio is a welcome departure from the same ol’, same ol’ that is constantly on repeat over the airwaves.
Here’s how it works:
Log on to Pandora.
Type in an artist or the name of a song you like.

If you choose an artist, Pandora will play a song by that artist, while simultaneously scanning its massive index of music, compiled from what it calls the Music Genome Project.

Each song in the Music Genome Project is analyzed using up to 400 distinct musical characteristics by a trained music analyst. These attributes capture not only the musical identity of a song, but also the many significant qualities that are relevant to understanding the musical preferences of listeners.

Says the Pandora Website.
Basically, It analyzes the artist, the elements that encompass that artists music and then plays similar music!

Still don’t get it?

Say, you create a station called: Frank Sinatra. Pandora will give you your Ol’ Blue Eyes fix, and then play songs by similar artists such as Sammy Davis, Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, or Nat King Cole. Then you can create a station and whenever you are in the mood for standards, you can revisit it.

Cool huh?

The only downside is that due to the extent of their licenses, you cannot replay a song, nor can you request a particular song. However, the most wonderful thing is discovering wonderful new music that you are almost guaranteed to love. But if you don’t, you can hit the “thumbs down” button and Pandora will never play that song again.

Take a look at my own Pandora player. Notice the name of the station is Tracey Chapman, however the myriad of music that springs forth from it is just as brilliant.

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