For those that may be searching (or have searched) for decent free web radio station that plays the music you specifically like please check out The Pandora Genome Project. I’m a huge Frank Zappa fan but find it incredibly difficult to find any Zappa on the internet; Pandora actually has a nice assortment of Zappa on the Zappa radio station. You can create nearly any artist station and Pandora does a good job matching similiar artists in the mix. I created an Al DiMeola station and have discovered other artists that I had never heard before (and actually liking!). I have a Supergrass, Bob Marley, Gwar, Slayer, Eliot Smith, Iron and Wine, Jimmy Smith, John Coltrane, Cal Tjader, and other radio stations to choose from that I created. The possibilities are quite endless. I found a cable that connects from my laptop to my stereo and was able to feed Pandora through larger speakers, the sound quality was very good.
A cool thing about Pandora is that if you like the song you can give it a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” and it will assist you in creating a more personal play list.
Yes, there are commercials every once and awhile, this is actaully something quite new and I would suspect allows Pandora to provide this music for free. There was a time, I was told, that Pandora began limiting the amount of free songs you could listen to, but I have not experienced any limitations yet. Commercials are just part of the World Wide Web these days whether you like it or not, but hey…it’s still FREE, so don’t complain.
Check it out and I hope our readers in Iran, Saudi, and other countries where the Web is monitored can access this great station.
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