December 10, 2006

Pandora Internet Radio

A friend turned me onto this today. It uses tag technology but not in the usual way where users add tags. It's not social software. You type in a song or artist name, and it searches its database for "other songs and artists that have musical qualities similar to ..." (in my case, to test it, I used John McLaughlin) "because it features jazz fusion elements, a tenor sax solo, an acoustic guitar solo, electric bass playing and electric guitar accompaniment" in other words, elements similar to what they found in their database for John McLaughlin.

Coolio.

But... it only accepts users who can provide a US zip code. Damn.

3 comments:

aaron said...

It's called 'collaborative filtering'. If you can't use Pandora, try Last FM (same sort of thing).

Lesley said...

I was going to suggest Last.fm too. I find it's eerily accurate in picking oout things I'll like.

Freudian Slip said...

Wow, what a cool concept. Makes sense too. Pity it is only available in the US...
Matt