Pandora – why did they choose that name?

is the latest internet craze.
All the cool kids are doing it.
You should too.

The story I heard from Jeff last night at Hrach’s place is that these music researchers were building a database of classifications for a ton of music for a few uears, and then decided to try applying the database to help people find music they might like.
The result is Pandora.
You can read
the official description too.

Last night we were all playing board games and each person added one artist to set up the playlist.
Then as the music played, we would vote on how we liked songs.
Not every song, just those that people particularly disliked (and one I think that was liked).

To keep up with the “social” meme that pervades everything these days, you can share your playlist-ish thing (it’s not really a playlist – more like a Music profile) with friends.
They can search for you by your email address.

I, wanting to track spam, entered a spam-orific address of “”.
How the “+” stuff is ignored by email is fodder for another Tech Tok article (or did I already write one? Hmph).
So if you want to hear my (currently only ambient/electronica) music, just enter that in the search tnigee and give a listen.
I find it still sticks in pretty cacaphonic music which I have not managed to train it to realize i don’t like.

Wow, is that a legal sentence?

The one other thing about Pandora is that it works well with Slingboxes.
Jeff has one and is using Pandora on it. The remote can be used to “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” each song.
I’m not sure if you can add it to your favorites or not.

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3 thoughts on “Pandora”

  1. I think this is a great concept, unfortunately, if you ask it “why” it recommends something to you, it invariably lists instruments and sound types, and seems to ignore the beat. There are very few Japanese artists, “Heaven Coming Down” by “Tea Party” is not in the database and the service is not supposed to be available in Canada. Anyhow as with my movies and books, I am more moved by what’s being said (with appropriate music behind them). Oh well. It did get one thing right though, I select “Hikaru Utada” one of very few Japanese pop stars I know who have had a North American contract. She was known as the Britney Spears of Japan. …not too suprisingly, it eventually recommended a Britney Spears song. Also, Utada’s N.A. releases are some of the cheesiest song’s she’s done. Sigh, and it blocks me after skipping about 5 songs I don’t want. Its the germ of a good idea.

  2. Actually, the box I have is a Squeezebox from Slim Devices, and it does work beautifully with Pandora. The SqueezeBox is, in general, an amazing device from a first rate company and I would recommend it to anyone considering an MP3 streaming box. I like it so much I bought two–one for the bedroom and one for the living room.

    I think Pandora is amazing. Almost every time I listen to one of my ‘stations’ I learn about a new artist I really like. Sure, it plays some stuff I don’t like, but with a little ‘gardening’ it is happening less and less. Because Pandora is based on the Music Genome Project you are exposed to tracks that are *musically* similar to what you’ve told it you want, not the usual “people who liked X also liked Y,” which doesn’t work nearly as well.

    And here (from their web site) is why they called it Pandora: “The name Pandora means “all gifted” in Greek. In ancient Greek mythology, Pandora received many gifts from the Gods, including the gift of music, from Apollo. She was also, as we all know, very curious. Unlike those Gods of old, however, we celebrate that virtue and have made it our mission to reward the musically curious among us with a never-ending experience of music discovery.”

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