I admit it. I’ve been living under a rock. I just today tried out Pandora, the free internet music discovery service powered by the Music Genome Project. In case any of you are also living under a rock, the way Pandora works is that you tell it a song or artist that you like, and it starts streaming songs that are similar in tonality, rhythm, genre…well, there’s a ton of qualities it considers, using the Genome data. Then, you can click if you like or dislike the songs it generates, and the radio station you’ve created will get refined based on those results. Right now, I’m playing a station inspired by Panic at the Disco. I’ve really liked the “emo rock” tracks I’ve discovered via Rock Band and Rock Band 2, so I’m using Pandora to find similar things. So far, I’ve bookmarked about six songs and artists that I’d never heard of that I want to check out when I get a chance, plus it’s played a host of other songs that I enjoy but never would have related to PatD. There’s an occasional ad, but it’s still a million times better than suffering through DJ blather on the stations I get via FM radio.
My dear husband has been using Pandora on his iPhone, and I was really pleased with the results. He plugged in his No Doubt station while we were in a hotel room a few weeks back, and it eventually started playing what I would consider to be the greatest hits of my college years. Still, it took me spotting an article in GReader to realize that I could listen to Pandora radio via Firefox, that it wasn’t just an iPhone app.
This is going to be the perfect way to fill up my Zune. 🙂 Right now, I’m only using 10 of my 120 gigs. (Granted, my laptop’s hard drive is only 120gigs, so somewhere along the way, I’m going to have to do some tweaking to get it full.) I’m about to have all my CDs cataloged and ripped by a service recommended to me awhile back by a friend in part because I’m tired of wishing I had song X that I own on my Zune only to realize I haven’t ripped it yet.