I stumbled across a streaming music site a few weeks ago. It’s called Pandora and it rocks.
What’s special about it is that it uses “recommended if you like” intelligence to suggest songs that you might like by artists you may not yet have heard. (They call it The Music Genome Project.) When you set up Pandora, you create stations and give each a few artists you like (say, David Bowie or The Cure). Pandora will play songs similar in melody, harmony and rhythm, to instrumentation, orchestration, etc.
From my experience it does a damn fine job. It lets me hear artists I might not otherwise have heard since I avoid radio at all costs. When Pandora hits or misses the mark, you can teach it by giving it a thumbs up or thumbs down, a la Tivo. They also allow you to skip songs, but limit to a few times an hour due to licensing restrictions.
Check it out! When you decide you like it, give Pandora’s Box a try. It’s a wrapper program for Pandora that frees up the browser window by moving Pandora to your system tray.