The Fallacy of ‘Similar Music’

There are many different sources of streaming music available today – Pandora, Spotify, Rdio, etc…  All of these rely on what I call the ‘fallacy of similar music’.  You put in a starting artist or song, and it builds you a playlist of similar music.  While this makes getting started relatively easy, after about a half an hour I get really bored.

As I get more into photography, I am figuring out the difference between a snapshot and a portrait is the ability for the picture to create an emotional reaction in the viewer, music is the same way; a well crafted playlist will make you go ‘oh wow’.

I have yet to find an algorithm that does that.

Do you want to listen to snapshots or portraits?

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Geek, dad, entrepreneur, cook, wood worker, cyclist, and music freak. View all posts by Craig Huizenga

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