So, I’ve been listening to a lot of internet radio lately, and the best site that I have found so far is Pandora, as far as a station that will play what you want to hear and that is good at predicting what you like to hear.
I think the only problem that I have noticed is that because they are breaking down songs into parts (i.e., “dynamic female vocal”), a person has to listen and categorize all of these songs, so they are missing a lot of very good songs. And of course, there are things mislabeled. When you type in Cocco (as in the Okinawan J-pop artist) you get some band that is really called Coco and is totally unrelated.
Another huge flaw is that Pandora does not have my favorite J-Rock group, GLAY, aka “The Japanese Beatles”.
They do have a fairly good selection of music from around the world, so I will give them kudos for that.
Last.fm is fun because it “scrobbles” your music, and tracks everything that you listen to, so that you can share compatibility with your friends. I was also able to easily upload my music to Last.fm, where Pandora does not currently have an option for that.
The issue that I have with Last.fm is that it seems to categorize artists by popularity (major label vs. not) when you want to listen to a specific genre. And if you listen to a genre station for more than an hour, it will literally start playing the exact same songs over again. Probably the worst thing is that if you want to listen to Ben Folds, for example, and you type his name in the search box, it will play music that they think sounds like Ben Folds, but will NEVER actually play a Ben Folds song. Which is really frustrating.
But I found out a weird thing the other day. I guess people started tagging artists… according to how Asian they are!?
So under the “half-asian” tag, I am one of the top artists. (Second row from the top, on the right)
I will say I don’t think that this tag is entirely accurate; I’m sure some of the women (and it is all women on this page for some reason) are entirely Asian.