This Thing had us wandering about in the list of Web 2.0 Awards nominees, and picking one to write about. I picked the music category and what do I find as nominee #1? Pandora! One of the single best music sites on the Internet.
Here’s how it works. You start with an artist or a song that you like and create a "station". That song is then played for you, followed by another, and another, and another, all fitting into the same general style as your original song. To adjust the types of songs that are being sent to you, click on the thumbs up or thumbs down for the song currently being played. Too much bass in that song, thumbs down. That song’s perfect, thumbs up. It’s a great way to hear artists you may not be familiar with.
I mostly use Pandora at home. Despite an extensive CD collection (thousands) most of which is not yet on my network, I’ll often got to Pandora on the laptop hooked up to my HDTV and have Pandora supply the soundtrack for the afternoon.
Here’s the favorite of my stations based on the classics of Miles Davis. This and my other stations can be access through my profile page.