When I walked into my friend Carlos' house last night, he said cryptically, "Pandora?" I shrugged to say 'Whatchu talkin' 'bout?'
"Okay," he continued, "I have to take a picture of you because you'll want to mark the moment you're turned onto Pandora."
He was right. My life is now AP...After Pandora.
Pandora is quite simply a genius music discovery service designed to help you enjoy music you already know, and to help you discover new music you'll love.
It's powered by the most comprehensive analysis of music ever undertaken, the Music Genome Project: a crazy project started back in early 2000 to capture the complex musical DNA of songs using a large team of highly-trained musicians.
Just go to the site and type in one of your favorite songs or artists. Pandora launches a streaming station to explore that part of the musical universe.
For example, I'm a Joni Mitchell fan. The word 'fan' doesn't do it justice. Nut or kook might be more accurate.
When I type 'Joni Mitchell' into the search bar on Pandora, it starts playing her music and then finds music similar to her's. As a Joni nut, it's pretty hard to impress me because nobody comes close HRH Joni. Except for the dozens of musicians Pandora found for me. I was blown away!
Love a particular musician or musical style? Pandora creates and saves a 'radio' station for you. You can create up to 100 unique "stations." And you can even refine them. If it's not quite right you can tell it so and it will get better for you.
More about The Music Genome Project...
Each song in the Music Genome Project is analyzed using up to 400 distinct musical characteristics by a trained music analyst. These attributes capture not only the musical identity of a song, but also the many significant qualities that are relevant to understanding the musical preferences of listeners.
It's amazing and true. And its FREE!
Have a passion for listening to new tunes and a variety of music but you don't have the disposable income to buy any right now? Go to Pandora, cuz it's FREE!
Even better? Upload it to your Blackberry, iPhone, Palm or Window Mobile. Yep, for FREE.
Don't you just love technology!