Posts Tagged ‘music’

Last.fm’s New Beta Player Lags with YouTube Videos

Monday, February 3rd, 2014
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Last.fm‘s new beta player is horrible. They now load YouTube videos to try to pull in more songs from bands or perhaps to show a video. But as we all know, YouTube is laggy, sometimes poor quality and the files are much larger than simple audio files. It’s a horrible decision. I can’t even use the site now. I don’t want to see videos. I don’t even monitor Last.fm very often except to flag a song that isn’t what I want.

Grooveshark Review

Saturday, June 27th, 2009
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Grooveshark is another online music site, however I isn’t like all the other radio sites online. Let’s say you find a band you are interested in from Pandora or Last.fm. Pandora won’t let you just listen to one full song from a band in particular, only short clips. Last.fm will let you listen to whatever song you want, but you have to do a lot of clicking to listen to a bunch of them. Even if you add them to a playlist and going through the process of their “pseudo-popups”, you still can’t just tell Last.fm to play each song from the playlist (or at least I was unable to figure out how). This is where Grooveshark comes in. Grooveshark will let you listen to as many songs from a particular band that you want and you can even do it based on one of their albums. This is really great for exploring a band that may have peaked your interest.

However, it is not without faults. The biggest problem right now is that there are duplicate music files, because many songs are spelled differently or differ by a few seconds. It’s really annoying to try to clean up your queue of the duplicates, because you end up losing how far foward or back you are in the navigation. The other issue is that their music library isn’t as in depth as Pandora and definitely not as huge as Last.fm’s. I’ve also noticed that the “Recent songs listened to” RSS feed you get will only pull songs if they fit a certain time period, so if you go without using Grooveshark for awhile that feed will be empty, rather than remembering what you last listened to.

Creating a Good Evanescence Radio Station On Pandora

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
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If you try to create a radio station based on Evanescence on Pandora, you might notice it really doesn’t come close to picking bands like them very well. It usually suggest songs by the following bands: Avril Lavigne, Breaking Benjamin, Plumb, Flyleaf and Linkin Park.

First off you need to add Within Temptation, Lullacry, Leaves’ Eyes and The Divine Madness they are the bands that comes closest to sounding like them. Lacuna Coil is a little more rockish, but you’ll want to add them as well. Naio Ssaion has the same pop goth metal sound as Evanescence, but with electric violins. Apocalyptica is mostly a instrumental band that uses cellos, although they have a few songs with a male or female vocalist.

Two bands you may or may not want to add are Nightwish and Epica. Nightwish to me sounds like 80s speed metal with modern distortion and medieval singing. Epica has the medieval vocals as well, but the guitars are a little milder. But it just depends on your taste, I’d check them out some samples before you add them though (Nightwish on Pandora, Epica on Pandora).

Piano Soloists on Pandora

Saturday, February 9th, 2008
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If want some music to chill out to on Pandora, I found a few good piano soloists to base your station on.

  • Jim Brickman
  • Lorie Line
  • David Nevue
  • Jennifer Thomas
  • Paul Cardall
  • Jim Chappell
  • Jon Schmidt
  • George Winston

There are plenty more than that though, but pick one of those and you can fine tune it. I like to thumbs down any songs that have other instruments or singing. This really makes great background music, because you usually forget it’s even playing. It’s a little melancholy, but it has become my favorite station. These artists don’t play classical songs either. They are considered “New Age”, but to me they are just piano soloists making beautiful music.

Pandora vs Last.fm

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007
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When I’m coding I usually like to have some music playing, but often I get bored with my own MP3 collection so I usually use a internet radio station. The great thing about the ratings based stations is that you pick what sound you are looking for and say if you like or dislike it and the station adjusts. Here is my own comparison of Pandora vs Last.fm.

When I setup a Chuck Berry station on Last.fm, it was playing stuff not only from the 50’s but also Metallica, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Pearl Jam. I think it was too broad in finding similar music and on a whole Last.fm is much more broad in finding other songs to play than Pandora. I’ve also noticed that the volume of the songs being played on Last.fm are sometimes quiet, too loud or sometimes just right. Pandora has all their music at the same volume which is nice, because that means I don’t have to fiddle with the volume. The “social networking” aspects of Last.fm outweigh Pandora by a long shot but Pandora did add some new features lately. The only other thing Last.fm beats Pandora in is their wider collection of music. If I look for the band Justifide or Reform the Resistance in Pandora, I get nothing but Last.fm seems to have even the obscure and lesser known bands. I think Pandora outdoes Last.fm in many ways right now, since its radio stations are more finely tuned to what you like and are the same volume. The one thing that bugs me about Pandora is that sometimes they play the same songs too much, although u can click on a button to tell them not to play a song for another month. I cant say I used Last.fm as many hours as Pandora so I don’t know if they do the same thing or not, the volume changes were just too irritating to deal with, for me to use if for very long.