After checking out Pandora the other day I have been listening to some of their streams and thinking about how this might work as a business. One of the great things about all this tech is that I have access to tools that are easier, faster and infinitelty cheaper than the old days in radio. Using Skype and SAM I can record an interview then using Audacity I can edit it up and drop the whole thing on the blog.
All you have to do is ask. Tim Westergren who is a founder of Pandora . said OK and here are the results.
- First of all I asked Tim about the background to Pandora and how they tag the music so that an algorithm can fit any song into my personal preferences. (3:45 880KB)
- Next we looked at something that has been nagging both me and Tim Cabell who has built a CrispyNews Pandora Community site. How do we connect with other people of similar tastes and how does independent music get a boost from Pandora. (4:00 933KB)
- As a former radio programmer, the one thing that was always in mind was the role of gatekeeper that we played in controlling the information that reached the listener. Tim accepts that pandora is no different, Pandora is not a democracy, its a musicologist's dream, or nightmare. (1:45 408 KB)
Plenty to come by the look of it, but don't ask them to stick to a schedule, its already been beaten up too often to stick its head over the parapet again.