Free GOOD music.

Thanks to Adriene, I’m hooked on Pandora.

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It’s an online radio of sorts, streaming music that YOU like. All you have to do is key in the name of an artiste or a song and it will find for you not only songs from the name of the artiste you’ve keyed in, but similar tunes as well, say from the year, or the genre of music.

As Adriene explains in her blog, you don’t need to download anything hefty for it to work. It works fully on Macromedia Flash Player 8.0 and can be minimised to a small window you can tuck away in a corner.

What’s more, you can listen for free, although there is a limit to the number of tunes they play at any one time or skip, thanks to licensing parameters. You can also ‘subscribe’ to the engine for free (you’ll be bombarded with ads, of course) or pay like 3/4 bucks a month (USD) to disable them ads.

Pandora lets you create stations from the music you’ve searched for, and share them with friends as well, which is cool. The engine is educational as well, where you can ask it questions like “why did you play this song” (when it returns a piece of music that it ‘associates’ with your search), and it’ll give you answers like, “(because) it features electronica influences, a subtle use of vocal harmony, synthetic sonority…” and so on. All those big words to describe 80’s music!

Nice that the registration process is all also Flash-based, so no ugly HTML popups!

Pandora, from the Music Genome Project, is the best online music engine I’ve ever come across, hands down.

Thanks again, Adriene!

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1 Comment »

  1. adriene said

    glad u like it. i’m hooked on it too!

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