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Friday, June 02, 2006


As /. have been recently comparing different music suggestion engines, and I'm a big fan of this kind of Internet websites, and a very satisfied user of, I decided to give Pandora a try.

I took a look at my favourite songs at, because I never remember what I really like if I don't have it all on a nice list ;-), for something that I liked but didn't quite knew many songs like it. I would be totally sold if Pandora found something cool and new in the first few tries.

First I tried "Bruised" by Sugababes. I figured they'd at least know a lot about Pop. Their proposals were kinda ok, but nothing exceptional. On the other hand the explanations were really funny, like this one for "I Love Rock'N'Roll" by Britney Spears:

Based on what you've told us so far, we're playing this track because it features a subtle use of vocal harmony, mild rhythmic syncopation, a vocal-centric aesthetic, minor key tonality and many other similarities identified in the music genome project.
Wow :-)

Well, it's probably hard to find good propositions based on so little information. Anyway, I moved further, trying to start from "Purunematu" by Vanilla Ninja. Pandora didn't know about it, or about anything else by Vanilla Ninja for that matter. Oh well, so trying "Shallow Water" by Sylver instead maybe ? Oh it sure knows "Shallow Water", it's a country song by Randy Travis. Darn ;-)

A few more tries. Groove Coverage ? No. Alizee ? No. I was almost going to go back to at this point, but at least it knew Ayumi Hamasaki. Well, a few more tries just out of curiosity - it doesn't know Closterkeller or Special D, but it knows Lisa Loeb and Rammstein. So the selection is weak but maybe not fatally weak. I suppose it's all just labels politics, meh.

I wasn't sold on the interface either. I couldn't figure how to rate a song that just finished playing, it seemed that one can only rate one that's being played right now. (Finally I got it, apparently the right thing is clicking on album cover pic, not on the song title.)

So to sum it up, if you want some nice music recommendations, try If you're bored and want to see something differnt than user clustering, you may also give Pandora a try, but don't expect too much. User clustering is still pretty much state of the art in 2006. ;-)


Anonymous said...

Eh, sounded promising, but then it actually didn't sound at all. You need to register, you need to download, just to see the telling *** glibc detected *** double free or corruption: 0x0a7f3048 ***. Tough luck!

I want something simple.

taw said...

Well, I use AmaroK as a music player, and it has support builtin :-) So does the default Gnome player Rhythmbox as far as I can see.

But remember, we're The Early Adopters, the vanguard of the Internet. Occasional rough edges should not scare us too much :-D

Anyway, I had similar problem with MusicIP, it was actually segfaulting during library scan (Sun Java 1.5, Linux), so I wasn't able to test it. A quick view tells me that it uses some binary libraries, and I guess they may be incompatible with Java 1.5.