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On Company Time #1: Pandora.com

Posted by Sara / January 11, 2006

2483-33_normal.jpgWelcome to On Company Time, MP's weekly guide to frivilous things you can do on the Information Superhighway when you're supposed to be working. Our own Josh Dobbs is much more qualified to sniff out such opportunities, but as the Man is keeping him busy this week, I'll get the little rainbow beach ball loading... er, rolling.

A caveat: much like Friendster, MySpace and Montreal Shows, visiting these sites during your unwaged hours is unspeakably lame. Midnight Poutine is the very notable exception to this rule--you should spend at least one hour of personal time per day reading MP and posting snarky comments.

Pandora was discovered by a co-worker, and has proven to be an addictive little program. Created by the techs and music nerds who are working on the ambitious Music Genome Project, it takes a song or artist you provide and creates a "station" of related songs that you might like to listen to.

It's pretty comprehensive: since it's creation in 2000, the Genome Project has analyzed over 10,000 artists for individual attributes including melody, harmony, rhythm, instrumentation and lyrics. The results aren't always accurate, but that's part of the fun--you can give feedback if you think that the Killers and Wolf Parade don't belong on the same station.

So, if I suggest Dark Funeral, it starts playing "King Antichrist," then launches into "Questionable Ethics" by Dismember, "Raze" by Exodus, and so on... and before I know it, it's quittin' time!

The only pain in the ass is, you have to register after your first few tries. But suck it up, 'cause this project has some serious potential.

Discussion

8 Comments

rrrobyn / January 11, 2006 at 12:44 pm
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I love this! I don't even care that it's now playing a fairly high-cheese sensitive indieboy band. Ohcrap, and that it's now playing RedHotChiliPeppers wtf. But there's a FFWD button, and the next song is good. I also think I've had the haircut Beck has in this itunes margin/banner ad, where he's sitting next to a phone. And looks like a girl.
Dave / January 11, 2006 at 12:53 pm
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All of this better be part of my training next week!

Sara / January 11, 2006 at 12:58 pm
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hey! it's robyn! where the heck have you been? you love your new boyfriend more than MP!
Asmaa / January 11, 2006 at 06:44 pm
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i love this site ... the only thing that kind of sucks is sometimes it plays the same artist over and over again. i typed in "belle and sebastian" and heard about 15 songs by various incarnations of the pernice brothers in an hour.
rrrobyn / January 11, 2006 at 08:40 pm
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haha, yes, I haf return-ed! I was on extended west-coast holiday. But now I have a cold. I also have Miss Vicky's Lime and Black Pepper Chips, which I think are making the cold go away. I don't know, but I can't feel the inside of my mouth now because of their deliciousness/pain-flavouring. More to come.
Andrew Rose / January 12, 2006 at 09:48 am
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I recommend LastFM over Pandora.

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