I’ve always dreamed of a radio station that I could control myself. Sure, you can play your own CDs or MP3s or whatever, but for me there is just something different about the radio. Maybe it is the anticipation of not knowing what’s coming next, I don’t know.
Anyway, there’s a new service out there on the web called Pandora and it’s a very innovative and cool idea.
It’s an online radio station (more or less) that allows you to control the music that it plays for you. You select an artisit that you like and the system then begins building a list of music that it thinks you will like based on that selection.
If you don’t like a particular artist, you can give it the “thumbs down” and it will stop playing that song and not play anything else from that artist.
I’ve just started playing with it and I began by telling it I like Rush. In addition to the Rush songs it has played, it also played songs from Asia, Evanescence, Led Zeppelin and Crossroads. Needless to say, some of them got the thumbs up and some got the thumbs down.
It appears that Pandora is available as a free, advertising-supported service or a service you pay for which eliminates the advertising.
So far I’m pretty impressed and plan to keep on listening.
[tags]pandora radio, internet radio, web radio station[/tags]