While we are on the topic of music, a new internet radio site I started using last week is called Pandora. They are unique in that they have been evaluating songs based on musical qualities that are beyond the understanding of casual listeners.
Over the past 5 years, we’ve carefully listened to the songs of over 10,000 different artists – ranging from popular to obscure – and analyzed the musical qualities of each song one attribute at a time. This work continues each and every day as we endeavor to include all the great new stuff coming out of studios, clubs and garages around the world.
For instance if you click on the “Why are you playing this song” link, you’ll get something like this:
Based on what you’ve told us so far, we’re playing this track because it features mild rhythmic syncopation, mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation, major key tonality, melodic songwriting and electric guitar riffs.
You can keep adding songs to better optimize your station, though I’m still trying to figure out why they played Ashlee Simpson for me. My hunch is that you’ll get less of a broad range of musical styles if you stick to adding individual songs instead of artists.