Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Pandora's Jukebox

For music lovers

‘The Music Genome Project’. That’s what they’re calling this crazy-hip new thing. The incredibly self-explanatory is a site all about music. All about spreading "the know" of music. It’s not even one of those things that you get sucked into and then have to pay for (you only pay unless you want to subscribe). The music keeps going and going. You type in a band or a song and BAM, you have your own radio station. Circling around what you typed in. For instance, I typed in the Stills. Within seconds a Stills song was playing, streamed, through my Internet browser with the best sound quality I have ever heard online. It sounded just as if it were pounding right out of my iTunes. After the Stills song is finished another contender comes up, very similar to the Stills. “Pool Song” by Longwave starts beating throughout my speakers. The site explains that this song has similar characteristics to any Stills material such as the electric guitar and vocal harmonies and experimental tonality. Then soon after that, Pandora churns out songs by Interpol and The Walkmen on my new "Stills Radio". The site almost never stoppes, only halting you once to ask you to make an account (to continue to listen for free or to subscribe for money) and then you might eventually get stopped again, the site saying that you have to stop skipping songs for a while because their music license demands it. After about 5 minutes (at least for my Mac) I was able to type in another radio station. Kasabian is now being produced through my Kaiser Chiefs station. Great, stuff. Good quality music for free. is seemingly too good to be true, but as of right now it is still free. This site is genius and besides being a great way to discover new bands (a fantastic hobby of mine) and hear awesome music, it is great fun. And not to mention, again, it is free, with a capital “hell yes”. Check it out.

-Adam Fitzgerald

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