February 26, 2006

Your Own Internet Radio Station
— Ace

Brett sends this link to Pandora.com, which supposedly will build your own radio station by asking what sorts of music you like and then playing that sort of music. You can guide the program by giving a thumb's down or thumb's up to certain songs.

I just started using it ten minutes ago, so I don't know yet how well it works. Supposedly I like Richard Hell. I don't think so, but I guess we'll see.

Posted by: Ace at 01:19 PM | Comments (25)
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1 If it's Richard Hell & The Voidoids, then you may just like it. I certainly do, at least. Blank Generation is classic New York CBGB's punk/new wave stuff, from the same vintage as early Talking Heads and Blondie.

Posted by: Jeff B. at February 26, 2006 01:38 PM (FSnqm)

2 I've been using it for about three months, and it actually works pretty well. The more feedback you give it, the better.

Posted by: SDN at February 26, 2006 01:41 PM (KTzsS)

3 Yahoo, at least via SBC, has had a feature (Launchcast) like this for awhile. Launchcast works pretty well if you use the 100 point rating scale (can be done separately for song, album, and artist) and I expect this would work just as well. It's certainly worth a try for music lovers.

Posted by: TheDude at February 26, 2006 01:56 PM (3Xhl6)

4 This is frickin cool- thank you, Ace!

Posted by: Kevin at February 26, 2006 01:57 PM (Kq33y)

5 I've been using it since December. It's a little limited, but they do a good job of finding the sounds that work for you. You should register, because it really opens up the options and lets you tailor the site to your prefs...

Posted by: DDG at February 26, 2006 02:01 PM (U3U0J)

6 They'd never figure me out.

Posted by: CraigC at February 26, 2006 02:18 PM (r7nqq)

7 Thanks, Ace.

Posted by: THIRDWAVEDAVE at February 26, 2006 02:26 PM (deUrl)

8 Two months useage for me. Works as advertised.

In some genres it has a limited selection, which I hope will increase in the future. Overall, it will give you some new artists that you may not have heard but that you may like, and in the end that's its main purpose.

Posted by: jmchez at February 26, 2006 03:02 PM (8XMTP)

9 Thanks Ace, a very cool site. I registered, set up three "stations" (you're allowed up to 100) and so far it is pretty-much delivering the music I want to listen to. Also very interesting to read their FAQ's to get an idea how they do it. OBTW, it requires broadband...dial-up won't work.

Posted by: Old Coot at February 26, 2006 04:06 PM (1Upxk)

10 I'm also enjoying it. I subscribe to MSN Radio which has a Fan Favorites feature that I love listening to. This seems a little more sophisticated and it seems like its getting better with each song. I've concentrated on one station so far.

Posted by: BrewFan at February 26, 2006 04:34 PM (0AD+O)

11 Thanks for the tip, Ace.
I've been running it for 3 hrs. now and it's done quite well. I've set up 3 stations for different moods.
O/T Mr. Fan- Thanks for your answers.

Posted by: harrison at February 26, 2006 04:43 PM (ZBys+)

12 You're welcome

Posted by: BrewFan at February 26, 2006 04:45 PM (0AD+O)

13 Rhapsody has a similar deal. You list ten artists that you like, and it plays those artists plus others that are similar. I like it, but for some reason every once in a while it plays the Beach Boys. I don't dislike the Beach Boys, but all of the artists that I've listed are Alt. Country.

Posted by: Master of None at February 26, 2006 04:47 PM (NUEQT)

14 Thanks, I'm giving it a try. I told it I liked Rush (the band) so it gave me Rush (natch), Iron Maiden (fair enough), Tool (works for me), and then...Great White. I told it never play crap like that again. It followed up with more Rush (well, yes, but more variety please).

So far, it's doing "ok". I'll keep refining. I just added "Yes" to my preferences as well. We'll see where it goes...

Posted by: Mark @ a marble desk at February 26, 2006 05:54 PM (rFLG5)

15 Yeah, this thing is cool... I believe it uses genetic algorithms to "learn". In other words, the more feedback people give it the better it will be at recommending music to other people.

I read about a similar system that someone has developed that will recommend "Other products you might like" to people who buy online. It actually analyzes the structure/waveforms/rythems/etc of music and recommneds based on that, rather than genre.

This stuff is all cool to computer science geeks.

Posted by: Dave S at February 26, 2006 06:04 PM (RcK9w)

16 If you think something's okay but not awesome, let it slide about half the time, because if you over-respond positively or negatively, eventually Pandora's idea of your taste can become so narrow that you'll hear the same songs every twenty minutes. The library there is really thin.

I told it the truth too often once to test its boundaries, and I ended up with a channel that only repeats two songs each by Shellac, Rapeman, and the Jesus Lizard, with one of three Unwound tracks thrown in every hour or so. Awesome and boring.

Posted by: Dick Heck at February 26, 2006 06:12 PM (JLI/R)

17 Great site!

Thanks, Ace.

Posted by: OJSimpleton at February 26, 2006 06:12 PM (AQLo+)

18 Ace,

I have a site to email you. What's your address? Anyone?

Posted by: OJSimpleton at February 26, 2006 06:26 PM (AQLo+)

19 OJSimpleton: aceofspadeshq@gmail.com

Posted by: Enas at February 26, 2006 06:38 PM (5wPX8)

20 Thanks enas

Posted by: OJSimpleton at February 26, 2006 06:42 PM (AQLo+)

21 This sounds nice. I would love to be able to listen again to music I really enjoy.

I remember a song my grandfather used to sing to me. I remember, it was raining. It goes...mmmm... boats mmm mmm mmm .....fishing mmm mm mmm fishing bobbers ... mm mmmm mmmm

I can'tt remember the words. Grandpa never spoke that clearly.

Posted by: Music Loving Brawny Guy at February 26, 2006 06:45 PM (56ssE)

22 Sure, it all starts out innocent enough.

Type in "Tool", and you get a Tool song. Then maybe you get a Godsmack song after that. Okay for me. But if you don't pay attention to the damn thing, it will wander off on its own path. And then it will start playing songs by Creed. It even tried to play a new Skid Row song...(shouldn't they be playing county fairs by now, or setting fires to bars in Rhode Island?)

If it does that again, there will be trouble, I assure you.

Posted by: genghis at February 27, 2006 02:30 AM (0/c+a)

23 Genghis, I can top that. For some reason they gave me Night Ranger. Oh, heads are gonna roll for that one, I can assure you.

Posted by: DB at February 27, 2006 03:51 AM (UvebG)

24 I typed in Pink Floyd. The third song of the set was Huey Lewis and the News. WTF?

Posted by: wiserbud at February 27, 2006 06:23 AM (AQGeh)

25 Very cool link, Ace.
So far it seems to stream a lot better than other internet radio sites, but maybe that's because no one knows about it yet. Nice take on social computing. Ace is so cutting edge.

A. Weasel

Posted by: A. Weasel at February 27, 2006 06:44 AM (12gN8)

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