Pandora impresses the senses

Few sites on the Internet impress me anymore, or even interest me to be honest.  I hit Yahoo News and TechMeme a few times a day, check my Netflix queue, and that’s pretty much the extent of my web surfing day.  So blogging about Pandora is a big deal for me.

Pandora is a streaming music site that gives you the ability to create your own music stations based on your favorite artists.  Its flash architecture is very slick and, in conjunction with an extremely intelligent backend, works effectively in building playlists to match your personal tastes.

Thanks to Dan Bartels (who hat-tipped Wyatt Preul) for turning me onto Pandora.  I’ve been listening to it for the last 3 days non-stop.  I simply cannot work without music filling the office, so Pandora has been a valuable addition to my workday.

Beyond providing sensory enjoyment throughout my day, I’d say Pandora is actually a life-enriching service in how it helps you discover new music.  Despite the abundance of music sites, stations, services and communities out there, discovering new music is hard.  At least it is for me, but in the last 3 days using Pandora I’ve bookmarked 10 new artists and 8 songs.  Quoting Dan, “if you find a new song or artist, you can just bookmark it, and head over to Amazon and pickup the Mp3’s … no drm, no hassle, no subscription, and off you go..”

Another benefit of the web-based, flash-driven architecture of Pandora is that you can sit down at any of your machines, fire up Pandora.com and return to the last song you left on the last machine on the last session.

Thank you Dan, and by extension, thank you Wyatt.  You who are my regular readers might not trust Dan and Wyatt because they’re Telligenti :-), but you can trust me.  Check out Pandora.

 

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A long time developer, I was an early adopter of Linux in the mid-90's for a few years until I entered corporate environments and worked with Microsoft technologies like ASP, then .NET. In 2008 I released Sueetie, an Online Community Platform built in .NET. In late 2012 I returned to my Linux roots and locked in on Java development. Much of my work is available on GitHub.