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Opening Pandora’s Box

TechCrunch profiles a new music matching service called Pandora.  Basically, it is a recommendation engine built on the components of a song, rather than what other users decided to listen to or purchase.  They apparently have human listeners who tag each song with a wealth of information about the sounds and style.  Then when a user plugs in a song or artist they like, the service will match up other songs with similar characteristics.

It certainly leads to some interesting results.  At one point I punched in Enya to see what it would pair it with and up popped a Bette Midler song and another from Kenny Loggins.  I was skeptical, but both songs had similar sound qualities to those in much of Enya’s music. 

The service is apparently set to go to public beta in just a few weeks.  Similar technology could have all sorts of applications in other sectors as well. 

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