Pandora

Posted on October 25, 2005

The incredible Pandora will put together a playlist (so-called "stations") of similar bands for a band that the user enters. You can then listen to the songs and tell Pandora whether or not she's headed in the right direction. She'll even tell you why she choses certain songs:

Based on what you've told us so far, we're playing this track because it features electric rock instrumentation, mild rhythmic syncopation, a subtle use of vocal harmony, major key tonality and many other similarities identified in the music genome project.
Playing "We laugh indoors" by "Death Cab For Cutie" based on "Coldplay"

or

Based on what you've told us so far, we're playing this track because it features hardcore-rap attitude, east coast rap roots, use of modal harmonies, the heavy use of chordal patterning and busy electronic hat
Playing "Money Rolls" by "Big Noyd" based on "50 Cent"

You can then create new stations based on songs that you prefer, or buy the songs via Amazon or iTunes. The whole thing is based on the Music Genome Project, which has already typified songs from over 10,000 artists from around the world.

And Pandora's developed in good ole Flash. AJAX apps just aren't (yet) up to scratch on the multi-media side of things. Two thumbs up.