I don't know whether to curse or thank him.....
I was talking with Wayne Turmel a couple days ago, recording a podcast for an upcoming Cranky Middle Manager show (congrats on 1 year and 48 shows so far!) and mentioned I was keen on Fiona Apple for mood music for a particular type of writing.
He told me about Pandora and warned me that if I gave it a try, I would become addicted. Yep! Addicted within 20 minutes. Super addicted. Listening to it right now.
What is Pandora? Well, it is musical magic. You tell them a song or artist that you like a lot and they create a radio station with great stuff like that. Pandora creates customized radio stations with very little effort on my part (I love that). They match up tones, styles, artists, and genres. It's cool what they connect, but it caught me off guard at first. I got a little creeped out because they were connecting seemingly unconnected stuff that I loved (on my Fiona Apple station, they played Depeche Mode - how did they know that I like both? Why were they connected? I'm curious now..). It gave me the feeling that I am way too predictable. Then I got over it and enjoyed the music.
You gotta check out Pandora.
This is a brilliant advancement. What's next? What's next in your industry and what part will you play in offering up new magic? I love this kind of stuff and think about how your employees will feel when they know they are part of something cool and cutting edge. I would guess that it is a blast to work for Pandora.