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?

About Craig Huizenga

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

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