Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Insulted by Pandora

I have been listening to Pandora.com a lot lately at work. Its a really cool concept, and so far, I have been really impressed with the product. For those who are not familiar with Pandora, it is like an online radio station. You can create your own stations based on your own music tastes (just enter some songs/artists that you like, and pandora will find other, similar songs/artists that it thinks you would like). You can further refine your station by saying whether you like or don't like a song that the station plays for you or by adding additional songs/artists that you like. So far, I have created a few different stations with some different genres of music. I can switch between stations depending on what kind of music I feel like listening to. If you haven't checked it out yet, I recommend it.

Anyway, I was just listening to one of my stations that plays songs that are kind of a throwback to the rock music that was popular while I was in high school (Our Lady Peace, Better Than Ezra, Chile Peppers, Foo Fighters, etc.). Then it started playing this crappy Euro, synthesizer-fused love ballad. I pulled up Pandora to see what it was, and it was "Current of Love" by David Hasselhoff. I was so insulted. What had I revealed to Pandora that would make them think that I would like a song by David Hasselhoff? I don't know. I will have to do some retooling to my station to make sure this kind of thing doesn't happen again.

9 comments:

THE RUMBLER said...

Don't Hassle the Hoff. You apparently like songs that are too manly.

Robbie said...

Pandora never makes a mistake... Never.

Lucia @ Pandora said...

Hey Ian -

Lucia, from Pandora, here. Sorry Pandora insulted you with the Hoff!

In addition to your retooling efforts, know that if you give his songs 2 thumbs downs in that station, he's banned forever.

Enjoy your Hoff-free radio!

Cheers, Lucia

Katie said...

That is too funny. I knew you had a man-crush on the Hoff.

Pandora does look so cool.

Matt's Blog said...

Pandora does rock! Let's be honest, who can't resist a good episode of Knight Rider....just go with it man...

Cicely said...

How did you get pandora to be a reader on your blog? Man, you must be famous.

oh, and once I was enjoying my pandora time and then it happened- Hillary Duff. I feel your pain.

Ian said...

Its funny how a site like Pandora can tell us things about ourselves that we didn't expect. I have turned very introspective. I must have more German in me than I knew because, as we know, Germans love David Hasselhoff.

Darth Spencer said...

My guess is that Pandora was able to scan deep into your subconscious mind and detect that during the time of your life when you were listening to 90s rock music, you were also secretly watching Bay Watch. My question, and I'm sure Sigmund Freud would have the same one, is why did Pandora give you a single by The Hoff rather than the red hot single "HeatMeater" by Pamela Anderson?

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