Pandora’s Music Box

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was surfing around quite a bit during winter break, looking for good ways to get music. The older I get, the more excluded I feel. I hear a song that I think is pretty cool, and a student will tell me that that’s pretty old. I guess I don’t listen to enough radio or don’t watch MTV enough. M would probably kill me if I wstarted watching MTV as well. I watch enough TV.

So anyway, I tried Rhapsody because they were having a two week fee trial. It was okay, but I really didn’t find anything new that I liked. I did find some stuff that M wanted so I actually purchased a few tunes, but when the two week trial ended, I cancelled. But I found another site someone had mentioned on RBJ. It’s a music place that will play music that it thinks you will like. It’s called pandora.com.

Many of you may have already heard of this place–as I said, I’m kinda behind the curve. But this is what they do. They have listened to tons of music and have categorized them. After you join, you create a “radio station”, input the name of groups or songs you like and ased on your tastes, it will select and play songs on that station. You can create as many stations as you like. As the songs play, you can give them a thumbs up or thumbs down and that should further narrow down the kind of music that will play. You can continue to add music as well. So far it has been a mixed bag. Maybe I put too many different kinds of bands on one station, so I’m getting a large selection. But the concept is interesting so I will continue to listen to it before I render final judgement. Just thought I’d mention it here…

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