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Pandora vs. Genius

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I’ve heard and seen some herald Apple’s new Genius playlist creator as the end of Pandora.  Pandora does have some challenges ahead regardless of Genius.  But as far as Genius is concerned and in its current form, I don’t see a direct conflict.

Pandora’s current tag line is “Stations that only play music you like”.  I’m pretty sure at some point it was “Find music you’ll love”, or something along those lines.  I could be wrong.  At any rate, my fake Pandora tag line and Genius’s nicely sum up the difference between the two.  Genius’s tag line is “(Re-)Discover your music”.

In other words, Pandora is for exploring music that may not be in your collection but you might like.  Genius is for digging into your own collection to find things that you might be neglecting.  Both are valuable, but exploration and rediscovery are fundamentally different.

Yes, Genius can find new music too.  The problem is it’s an active process of listening to snippets and if you like them you’re forced to purchase.  I don’t like that at all.  Pandora just lets me actively or passively listen to stuff and if I really like it then I can look into getting it.  That and with Pandora I’m not suck with purchases on iTunes, which still struggles with DRM.

Overall, this is positive for both.  They each have their own part of a niche and together they have the ability to create a richer listening experience.  Which is all I really care about.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 9:34 pm

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