Monday, May 5, 2008

LastFM or Pandora?

I was turned onto Pandora about six months ago by a co-worker who was so excited about creating a Dave only station. I began using Pandora and thought it was great - it surely beat the pants off any radio station I could find. As time went by I stumbled onto Pandora's Jar which led me to LastFM.

After this discovery I found myself in a quandary - which one do I listen to? I read posts about this at Steve Krause's blog, David Porter's Blog and at TechCrunch. The insights offered allowed me to have a better understanding of the services; however, I still I didn't know which one was right for me.

I decided that the best way to do this was to let both services play 12 tracks for me based on similar data. Using the LastFM data from my profile I created a Pandora station that used my top 10 bands and top 10 songs as I foundation. I also decided to throw in my iTunes Party Shuffle to help see my tastes and the accuracy of the other services.

Last FM
iTunes Shuffle
Goin' Down South - North Mississippi AllstarsCarl Perkins' Cadillac - Drive-By TruckersBarstools & Dreamers - Widespread Panic
Passenger - Grateful Dead4th of July - Robert Earl KeenMcBain - moe.
Powdered Water Too - Eyedea & AbilitiesI'd Call to Say I Love You - The Hangdogs Midnight Hour - Phil & Friends w/Trey
Via Chicago - WilcoGet Drunk - Drag the RiverOnslaught - Blues Traveler
Euphoria - Leftover SalmonTangerine - Big Head Todd & The MonstersOne Mirror Too Many - Black Crowes
Comin' Back - The Crystal Method
Heavy - Black CrowesTrance Mission - Izzy Stradlin
Weekapaug Groove - Phish
Diamonds on the Inside - Ben HarperThe Ocean - Led Zepplin
Sleep On - Alison KraussSoak the Skin - Blind MelonThree or Four - The New Pornographers
Hey 19 - Steely DanTangled Up in Blue - Bob DylanDown South - Tom Petty
Kill Ya Momz - Sage FrancisGet a Leg Up - John MellencampCome Together - Rat Dog
Outta Shape - Gov't MuleIt'll Come Around - Back Door SlamDoggy Dogg World - Snoop Dogg
Weight of the World - Widespread PanicHang on Loosely - .38 SpecialGemorrah - Jerry Garica
  • 4 Songs I knew
  • 9 Bands I had heard of before
  • 3 NEW Bands
  • 1 track I might listen to again (Crystal Method)
  • 1 I will NEVER listen to again (Sage)
  • 8 Songs I knew
  • 8 Bands I had heard of
  • 4 NEW Bands
  • 1 I might listen to again (Back Door Slam)
  • 1 I HATE (.38 Special)
  • 11 songs I knew
  • 1 I am not fond of (Trance Mission)
  • nothing new
After reviewing this, my decision is that if you want more of what you currently listening to then LastFM is your place; if you want NEW MUSIC with a foundation in your current musical tastes Pandora is the ticket. If you don't want any real surprises, stay with your iTunes.

Let me know what you think of this analysis? Have you found similar results in exploring the services?

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