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
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 “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
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.