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August 30, 2005

Totally Off Topic: Pandora

Heather Green

I like writing about blogging, but sometime a person has to break out of their mold a bit. So here goes. I started listening to Pandora today, a music service you teach to play the kind of music you like. It's pretty impressive, though am not sure I would pay $36 a year for it.

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Pandora rocks. I've been betatesting it for the last month, as has my wife and my daughter. We'll drop to one account when we have to pay, but we'll still have 20 or so stations.

Actually, I like it enough that I'm putting a dedicated laptop into the livingroom to feed the good stereo.

Posted by: Greg Burton at August 30, 2005 05:32 PM

Absolutely! If I listened to music more, I would do the same thing. That's the great thing, is the ability to create all these different stations.

Posted by: Heather Green at August 30, 2005 06:02 PM

oh. it seems like just another way for the machine to make my creative choices for me. label me, file me away in a box.

on the other hand, it's better than almost every other option out there. clearchannel? howard stern? jack? oh.

Posted by: schadenfreudisch at August 30, 2005 06:46 PM

Actually, schaden, you train the application. It's not perfect, but I've now got a list of music I need to buy because I like it, it fits into specific types of music I listen to, and (here's the kicker) I'd never heard of it before.

I originally signed up for the beta because a blogger commented that she'd heard 5 new bands she liked in a 2 hour period, and when does that happen? My experience isn't that dramatic, but close enough.

Posted by: Greg Burton at August 30, 2005 06:55 PM

I was quite enthused when I stumbled across Pandora a few days ago. So much so that I did my own post about it last night and have interacted with the founder and CTO of Pandora: http://borsch.typepad.com/ctd/2005/09/pandora_your_pe.html

For a 1.0 product, it's pretty amazing and I've read other blog posts...and they're getting TONS of great suggestions on improvements.

Posted by: Steve Borsch at September 1, 2005 02:27 PM


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