If listening to music rates high within your hobbies then there’s good chance that you’ve heard about Pandora.
Part of the Music Gnome Project, the idea behind Pandora is fantastic to say the least. You submit your favorite artist(s), album(s) and their algorithm tries find bands which they think you may enjoy also. Their algorithm involves going through other people’s playlists who’s music matches with your taste, anlyzing the genre of your band and finding others with same criteria and finally going through a few sound algorithms.
You don’t need to be genius to predict that no algorithm(s) will be perfect in finding the music you’ll always like. That’s impossible no matter what.
Take me. Here’s a short list of the bands I listen to (and been listening to for the last 20 years or so): Slayer, Metallica, Bathory, Sepultura, Iron Maiden (some pretty heavy stuff), Red Hot Chili Peppers, Primus, Seether, Nirvana, Blink 182, System Of A Down, Deep Purple, Evanescence, Live, Linkin Park, 311, Kings Of Leon, 16 Horsepower, Rage Against Machine, Rob Zombie…
Now, I myself cannot see a direct correlation between these bands. The only thing that can be said is that my music taste spans from Hard Rock to some kick-ass Heavy Metal with some Alternative styles mixed within.
Anyhow, I still immensely enjoy Pandora. If nothing, it’s a great way to discover quite a few bands (I did discover a lot for my share).
One last note, Pandora has added social integration into their service. That’s to say, now you can go through other people’s playlists and discover still more great music.
Give Pandora a try. I’m sure you will not regret.