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The Best Internet Radio site to date

December 8, 2007

I’ve been searching for a good Internet radio site; not only for something to listen to, but to discover new music.

I came across this site today. Pandora. Just what is Pandora? Pandora is not quite like any other Internet radio site. It was derived from the Music Genome Project (the MGP captures the essence of music at the fundamental level” using over 400 attributes to describe songs and a complex mathematical algorithm to organize them). Pandora lets you listen to and discover new music based on deep analysis of the artist or song.

For example, this morning I signed up and typed in “muddy waters”. From there, I got to hear several new (well in this case, old!) artists I have never been subjected to before; all with the same style and feel as Muddy Waters. I heard harmonica-based blues artists such as Elmore James, Lightnin’ Hopkins and a few others. The mix was perfect.

My second query was my new favorite band, the Black Keys. It started out by playing a real obscure (but excellent) Black Keys song, “The Moan”. Next up was Jimmy Page and the Black Crows doing the Led Zeppelin classic “Custard Pie”. Next was Robin Trower’s “Living Out Of Time”. I have never heard that song before, but holy shit, it was incredible. And all of the songs fit so well together. The sound quality is incredible as well.

You can also search by song. Let’s say you want to hear songs that sound like “Rockin’ Is Ma Business” by Alabama Thunderpussy (excellent cover of the Four Horsemen classic). I got tunes by Clutch, Hellraiser, etc. It was awesome.

There are other sites out there that let you customize radio stations, such as Napster (pay service, which I use to download tunes), Slacker, etc. But nothing compares to this. You can rate songs with thumbs up or thumbs down, but sadly, no way to purchase tracks. Oh well, that’s what Napster and Google are for, no? 🙂

May I add this a free service? There are a few ads embedded in the page, but no popups. They have a paid-for service that you can play on Sprint phones and some home Internet Radio devices.


Complete Web 2.0 Directory

August 14, 2007

This is quite fascinating.

A complete Web2.0 directory (logos and all) which features what is the latest and greatest apps ou tthere. Some of the graphics are amazing. You could spend all day here if you want, I’ve already spent over an hour here!