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I was checking out personalization service matchmine today and it made me think of Last.fm vs. Pandora for finding music to listen to while I work. Last.fm uses collaborative filtering — recommending music based on what people with similar taste in music like — while Pandora […]

I was checking out personalization service matchmine today and it made me think of Last.fm vs. Pandora for finding music to listen to while I work. Last.fm uses collaborative filtering — recommending music based on what people with similar taste in music like — while Pandora characterizes music on a number of attributes and then suggests music similar to songs and artists you say you like.

I prefer Pandora, because it consistently provides music that I enjoy. Last.fm never seemed to get my taste quite right. But many of my friends prefer Last.fm.

matchmine seems closer to Pandora in its approach, matching content such as music, movies, video, and blogs to people based on its inherent qualities rather than based on who liked it. matchmine’s service is only available in beta right now, but they’ll be rolling out integration with online services in the new year. You can read more about matchmine at GigaOM.

Where do you prefer to get your music recommendations? Collaboratively filtered (Last.fm), matched by musical DNA (Pandora), or some other way?

Take the poll, then tell us in the comments what kind of music you like to listen to while you work.

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  1. pandora seems to be the site of choice for those who know exactly what they want and not terribly interested in going much further than that. it’s rec engine isn’t nearly as strong or broad as last.fm so you end up with very simliar sounding music.

    last.fm is usually preferred by those more willing to deviate and open to new sounds due to their stronger database. they are crowdsourcing, so pandora will never be able to keep up with the data that last.fm users are constantly submitting and updating.

    i like last.fm, duh

  2. While I agree to a degree, I have actually found more interesting music using Pandora, at least for the stuff I like. Also, for some reason the sound quality on Pandora is better.

  3. I’m not sure I know exactly what I want, but I know what I don’t want: Kevin Federline and Last.fm suggested that to me at one point. I think I didn’t scrobble enough, my bad.

    Anyway, I have been introduced to lots of music new to me by Pandora but I’ll admit I’m not the most adventurous consumer of music. So it could very well be true that Last.fm is for people who want really new sounds.

  4. I listen to Pandora when I want background music (I also listen to Groove Salad and Folk Alley via iTunes) but I rely on mp3 blogs to get introduced to new music.

  5. BBC Radio – there are scads of “stations” there. And di.fm for those heads-down, don’t-bother-me programming sessions.

    Honestly, it continually amazes me why people choose vanilla ice-cream when there are at least 30 other flavors in the store.

  6. The last time I checked, Pandora closed it’s services to those of us coming in through an Australian IP address.
    Until this move, I really liked Pandora, but going through a proxy server in the States is not an option for streaming music.
    So, even though I want to use Pandora, I have no choice in the matter.

  7. Debra Dalgleish Wednesday, December 5, 2007

    I listened to Pandora until they cut off Canadian users. Now, I use last.fm, and find “like Liona Boyd” easy to work to.

  8. I prefer to build my own playlists at Finetune [http://finetune.com/] using music I know and love but don’t necessarily already have on CD or in iTunes. Great for rediscovering almost forgotten hits from the past. Each playlist must contain a minimum of 40 songs before you can begin listening to it and you can have no more than 3 songs from one artist on each playlist. Other than these restrictions, I have no complaints.

  9. Good post Anne.
    I’d like to invite you and your readers to try iheard.
    iheard.com makes it easy for people to find their favorite internet radio stations by providing an easy to use search interface and directory with thousands of stations organized by genre, country and language.

    Give it a listen.
    Thanks,
    David

  10. I have used both Pandora and Last.FM, but I have discovered more great music at RadioParadise.com. It’s commercial free, DJ’d by an intellegent human, and just plain cool.

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