Thursday, August 25, 2005

Discover new music from artists you never knew you liked...

So for the past month or so I’ve been a beta tester for a new music application that will be launching next week- Pandora. I’ve enjoyed using it, so I figured the least I could do is put a plug for it on my blog. Anyways, the application was designed and is modeled off the vision, “creating software that is the most comprehensive analysis of music ever.” To do this they gathered as many musicians and music-loving technologists they could, and listened to different artists (over 10,000 songs)- ranging from popular to obscure - and analyzed the musical qualities of each song one attribute at a time.

Basically the way the application works is you enter the name of artists that you currently enjoy, and it plays music of the same similar style/genre that “the computer” recommends (basically a streaming music version of Amazon.com). The result is some pretty neat stuff. I’ve been using the program for over a month now, and I’ve found some new artists I’ve never heard of that I really enjoy regularly.

You can add 100 artists/radio stations and pause, skip, and review the history of each artists you’ve listened too. If you want to purchase the song or album you can choose to purchase the album from iTunes or Amazon.com. Below is a screen shot of the actual program. It is going to available to the public next week. Subscription is 12 months of unlimited use for $36 and 3 months of unlimited use for $12. My prediction in the future is that both MP3 devices & applications will be engineered similar to this application. Check out the website here.

Whoa, thats kind-a trippy...

Battleships...

Admit it, destroying stuff is always fun...

This is a flash game that involves a really big magnifying glass overlooking a city. The point of the game is to use the magnifying class to destroy things in the city (by clicking). Kind of demented & crude- yet satisfyingly entertaining on a Thursday after making a hit list of all the kids that went to my high school that I felt were making hit lists. J/K. Click image to launch the game.

Freakin' sweet cell phone dude...

Yeah- so the U.S. gets screwed in getting the latest cell phones (we all know this). This phone by Samsung (SCH-B250), is freakin’ sweet! Pretty much the phone does everything (even TV). It has a 2MP digital camera, MP3 playback, 128Mb of memory and an Office and PDF document viewer. This device should cost around 600 EUR (which translates to $737.156 USD).




I think I'll be a iPod for Halloween...

Check out this guy who decided to dress-up as a fully functional iPod for Halloween. Talk about dedication. Check out the website he made about it.

Do you think he landed this?