Pandora Conundrum

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Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. I love the idea but can’t get the service here in Mexico. What’s the deal here? Mexico is North America’s piracy capital and yet…

    So… what music do you like? I have a shitload of lady jazz singers if you’re interested. I can easily put them up on my dropbox account for you if you want to trade some stuff…Report

  2. Avatar E.D. Kain says:

    Oh I like tons of different things, all sorts except basically pop and pop country.  Who are these lady jazz singers you speak of?  I’ll plug the names into said Pandora and give it a shot…

    And you don’t get Pandora in Mexico?  It’s just pandora.com – I thought it must be everywhere…Report

  3. Too bad Pandora isn’t everywhere. Licensing agreements, according to their web page. I got on their list for when they make the agreement—fat chance!

    Anita O’Day; Rachell Farrell; Liz Wright; Jane Monheit; Diana Krall (why not? She has a great voice); Abbey Lincoln; KD Lang; Kate Bush; Nina Simone; Bonnie Raitt (not jazz, but she’s outta sight!)

    I’ve got a lot of stuff in Spanish—I love the boleros! Just so you see I’ve got a romantic streak to me!

    Check this out. Or this.Report

  4. Avatar Max says:

    can’t get pandora in Israel, either, it’s been a terrible shame.  Though I understand they’re having some serious financial trouble, and perhaps soon you won’t be getting them in the US, either.

    I used Pandora in college a ton, and as I understood it their algorithm is based directly on the ‘sound’ of what you’re hearing, not on any artist information–so you should be fine voting down covers by artists you don’t like.  An alternative is last.fm, which functions nearly the same way but does base its ratings on artist info.  (And Roque, you may want to check out that one; it works in Israel, and I’m guessing Mexico, as well.)Report

  5. Max: last.fm works great! Fantastic! Now I’m a believer… Thank you!Report

  6. Avatar David says:

    Pandora will actually recognize if you thumb down 2 songs from a particular artist without giving that artist a thumb up, and will no longer play that artist on that station. In your example, if you were to add Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’, or Tom Petty as an artist, as a “seed” on your station, that song/artist will be “protected” on that station.Report

  7. Avatar Josh says:

    E.D.: Thumb it down!Report

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