I’ve written before about Pandora, the online service that helps you discover new music. I actually quickly met with the CTO at Techcrunch7 in the Valley. There are a few things I disliked about the service:
- there’s no opera. impossible to create a channel with my favourite divas
- I have a couple of channels about crooners for example. Every time I launch them I just keep on listening to the same stuff. tiresome.
- there’s no directory on which you can choose a channel. Imagine a tagcloud with the possibility to navigate in a couple of clicks to the music of your mood ?
I decided to give it a try again the other day. I wanted to listen to Italian Pop. right: how do you get there ? So I tried the only names of Italian Pop I know: Zucchero, Gianni Nanini, Eros (although I spelled him Enzo at first ) Ramazzotti. I got lucky with that last name, and by a small miracle I’m getting similar music but in SPANISH ! not in Italian. Even Ramazzotti in Spanish. I guess that’s because he sells albums in the spanish-speaking Miami ?
Then I tried something else, after seeing Martin’s funny flamenco video. Of course I know Camaron, and Paco de Lucia. So I tried typing in Paco, and I got this GREAT channel i’m listening to now:https://www.pandora.com/?sc=sh149616744829292415Now… when I’m in the mood for something else next time, such as Lebanese classics (Feyrouz…) what do I type ? I’m sure a catalog interface is easier to do than the fantastic catalog work that the Music Genome Project have been doing for years.