Last night, Sarchasm told me about a fantastic way to discover new music. It’s called Pandora. The way it works is that you tell it what kind of music you like, starting with one song or artist. The programme will create a station, find songs in the Music Genome Project that are musically similar to the song you chose, and play it on your station. If you don’t like a song that comes up, then you tell it you don’t want to hear it again. It doesn’t stream songs on the basis of popularity or the genre to which the artist usually gets shoved into, it goes only by the music. Apparently their team have done an in-depth analysis of each song and given them attributes. These attributes form the criteria for song selection in the station you have created.
The site has music licenses as well, so it’s all legit. The first 10 hours of streaming music are free, and then there are two unlimited streaming options: quarterly (3 months for $12.00) or annual (12 months for $36.00). Dial-up users need not apply, as Pandora is only for broadband. There is an FAQ.
EDIT: There is now a free, ad-supported version of the Pandora player. No more time limits. See the FAQ for details.