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Has anyone else used Pandora.com? I only discovered them this evening as they were voted in Time Magazines 50 Coolest Websites. It seems quite good although I've only been using the menu on the front page so far and haven't explored the site in more detail as yet (although I have just set up an account to do so).

Basically you enter a band or a song you like and they'll compile a list of suggestions that they think you'll also like which you can then listen to.


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Aug. 21st, 2006 01:35 am (UTC)
Yeah, used them occasionally, the main issue I have with them is the US basis of the content, which drastically skews stuff away from what I would usually connect up.

Aug. 21st, 2006 01:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was put onto it by one of the people I'm mentoring at work. You know a kid half my age who recomends it with a "Huh, not heard of this yet grandad?" kinda thing. ;-)

I've found 3 or 4 cool new bands off it already although disturbingly a at least a couple of them turn out to be CCR (Contemporary Christian Rock)...
Aug. 21st, 2006 05:06 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, while it's a good idea, it seems to have not heard of most of my favorate bands, gets very confused & gives me unrelated stuff, so I gave up on this over a year ago.
Aug. 21st, 2006 09:47 am (UTC)
I put in a number of EBM and Darkwave bands to test them and was surprised to discover they knew many of them. Although I guess the alternative stuff I listen to is still more mainstream than the death metal you're fond of!

I haven't heard of 80% of the bands that you've mentione don your LJ!!!
Aug. 21st, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
Actualy, I don't listen to much DM, as I find much of it bland & repettitive.

I listen mostly to avent-garde, prog, folk, doom, stoner and a litle alt-thrash, along with some Techno & neo-classical.

As I said, it was over a year ago that I tried it, so I just took another look. It blanks on a few UKMUG bands like Illuminatus, Fourwaykill, SevenYearsDead, Humanity, Kyrb Grinder, et al, and has obvious troubles with Alchemist (confuses with The Alchemist) & Killers (similar), but is now a lot lot better. I even managed to listen to some Ensiferum!
Aug. 21st, 2006 06:23 am (UTC)
Pandora = Good
I like it, it's good for giving me music without commercials and without me having to skip stuff in Media Player. No, it doesn't win all ties, but if you're a mainstream to new guy like me, it does fit the bill nicely.
Aug. 21st, 2006 09:27 am (UTC)
Sounds good.

PS got any copies of the DBA wargame rules in the shop?
Aug. 21st, 2006 09:45 am (UTC)
I'll have a look if I get in later. Currently off this morning chasing up dentists.
Aug. 21st, 2006 09:28 am (UTC)
Pandora is brilliant, but because of its complexity (each song has to be classified according to dozens of musical attributes), it takes a while for new-ish stuff to be catalogued. I love it, though, and have found lots of new artists through their recommendations.
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Aug. 21st, 2006 09:45 am (UTC)
Well, they accepted my 000000 for thre zip code when I signed up ;p
Aug. 21st, 2006 10:48 am (UTC)
If you dig around on their site you can find their ZIP code ... I thought it suitably ironic.
Aug. 21st, 2006 10:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, I love it. I've been using it since it launched and it has got better and better over time. I generally use it as a varied radio at work rather than to find new music. I hope it continues to grow.
Aug. 22nd, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
I was just sitting down at the 'puter for the first time in a week and I was wracking my brains for the name of the internet radio website that someone had mentioned to me.

Then I came across this post.

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