Pandora’s Jukebox

If you enjoy music, and have a broadband Internet connection, then I must recommend an outstandingly clever website, Pandora. The site allows you to create virtual streaming “radio stations” that you seed with music you like — after which the system analyzes your choices and uses its proprietary algorithms to scan its vast collection to find other music that it thinks you will be likely to enjoy as well. It’s a smart idea, and done very well, with a simple and intuitive user interface. Take it for a spin. One caveat: no classical music yet. Apparently the analysis and assortment of classical music is a more difficult problem. They’re working on it.

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4 Comments

  1. MikeZ says

    Hey, that’s pretty cool!

    – M

    Posted November 18, 2006 at 5:59 pm | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    It really is. And it looks like they managed to get the whole thing off the ground without scaring off their investors!

    Posted November 18, 2006 at 11:15 pm | Permalink
  3. Bennett Blau says

    Hi Malcolm,

    First blog post ever, woohoo! Anyway, I love this site (pandora.com)! I’ve pointed about 8 people to pandora already and spreadin’ the word. I’m happy that it’s free to date. In the future I’d probably be willing to pay for this before Sirius (although I do miss Howard since he left the public airwaves).

    BB

    Posted November 26, 2006 at 9:32 pm | Permalink
  4. Malcolm says

    Hi Bennett, and thanks for dropping by!

    Yes, I’ve been telling everyone about Pandora as well. If you write them to let them know that you have been proselytizing on their behalf, I think they will even send you a T-shirt.

    Posted November 27, 2006 at 12:35 am | Permalink