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Randy Myner

Did programmers from Pandora or Slacker decline to comment?


We have a new music search and discovery technology (Myna Music) that automates playlist generation based ONLY on musical qualities.

Although this does not entirely solve a user's choice problem, it helps significantly by playing music that is much more likely to be satisfying to a listener's up-to-the-minute taste than playlists generated by metadata/consumer data.

Kyle, you mentioned that it's difficult for a Pandora to know when they should try a song again that the listener didn't like once but might like now. Myna can help solve that problem.

If a user was listening to, say, Lady Gaga and thumbs-downed a Dirty Projectors song, Myna could easily be told to bring that song back when that person was listening to something more similar (eg Animal Collective).

It's a really cool and completely unique technology that is going to change the hands-free listening experience over the next couple of years. Check it out! http://www.mynamusic.com

Thanks for the interesting read...cheers!

Yannick, the GeneralEclectic

Yes, it's true that there are certain kinds of music that are great every time they play. But then, there are also those songs that you get sick of after a relatively low number of plays - and those that you can't get enough of after only a certain number of plays.

In my early years of music discovery in the 90s, I used to find the growers by going to the store and re-listening to albums I didn't buy last time around.

But if clicking it away means it doesn't get anymore plays, it's just gone. Sad.

Nick Martin

I think a five star system that Netflix uses is vastly superior to the simple thumbs up/thumbs down/next experience in Pandora. I use star ratings (along with other metadata) in my personal collection to generate playlists all the time. I think five levels is much better than the coarser-grained option from Pandora.


Eh, I gotta agree with the article: the quality of a song isn't easily represented in a five star rating system. Whether within iTunes, on Amazon, or wherever else...it's too subjective. Beyond what rating two different people give the same song, it's that one person would rate the same song differently depending on their mood, musical tastes at the time, etc.

In other words, it's not efficient to apply a 5-star rating to your music library, because you know in a year it won't be accurate.


thank god for the backstreet boys

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