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Social Search for Music

From Patrick’s Information Managment Now blog.
“Who said that web 2.0 stuff needs to be dry and boring and… and…?
See this: Pandora, created by the Music Genome Project. Pandora answers the question “Can you help me discover more music that I’ll like?”
By entering a song or artiste directly on the web page, Pandora automatically creates a radio station filled with similar music. Let the station run and work away! It’s free. Each added song to one station brings in approximately 100 similar songs, so if you want to adjust the kind of music on any given custom station (you can create up to 100 stations), add songs progressively. By giving a thumb up or thumbs down to any song being played, the selection will improve over time…”
I searched Bette Midler and it started playing a Midler song (Ths Ole House) to confirm my selection. It then offered up some Sarah Vaughn followed by more. Pretty accurate for my tastes.
I searched Weezer and discovered another song Summertime by Renee Olstead or Trampoline by Francine. Hmmm?
You can e-mail and share your radio station too.
This one is fun because I can have new stuff playing the background while I create documents and PowerPoints.
I’m having fun with non-traditional search this week.
Stephen

Posted on: January 7, 2006, 8:20 am Category: Uncategorized

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  1. I list some other music recommendation services on my Digital Music in Canada page
    http://www.akerman.ca/digimusic.html#recommend

  2. I tried Pandora and it works like a charm. I put in three very different songs and most of the tunes on each channel were something I enjoyed.
    My co-worker’s 13 year old son tried it too and he thinks it’s the best music matching software out there.