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|Pandora Vs. Last.fm: Agalloch|
It's battle of the music streaming services! On one side we have Pandora, the popular service that's free with limitations, and bases its music recommendations on a database of song attributes known as the Music Genome Project. On the other, Last.fm, the older, free-er system that utilizes a human-powered social ranking method to recommend tracks. Which will provide better results for an Agalloch station? You decide.
|2|| ||Erik Wollo|
Interesting first pick from this Norwegian composer/guitarist, but Pandora must be doing something right, as an Agalloch fan I enjoyed this and gave it a thumbs up.
Not really seeing it... Amorphis has a much less BM/Folk sound, particularly on Eclipse which features a dose of middle-eastern influences you'd never hear on an Agalloch album.
Couldn't find this album on SM, maybe it's a compilation. The track wasn't too terrible, but not exactly reminiscent of Agalloch either.
Pandora makes an unhealthy habit of saturating my Agalloch station with Opeth. I love both bands, but they have very little in common if you ask me.
Another popular pairing from Pandora... I'm a fan of Daylight Dies and would more or less consider the recommendation to be valid given the overall atmosphere of certain tracks.
A Disease For The Ages
Didn't really care for this one.
Storm Of The Light's Bane
Enjoyed it, thumbed it up, I think at this point I stopped paying attention to how similar the bands were and just considered whether or not the band sucked.
Pretty much some of the most badass, well, flamenco-metal out there, I can dig.
The Novella Reservoir
Never got into this band. Should I?
|12|| ||Last FM's|
|13||In The Woods...|
Strange In Stereo
They could have recommended a better album, but okay.
|15||Swallow The Sun|
The Pale Haunt Departure
It's 4 degrees of separation!
Love this album, but similar to Agalloch? Not quite.
Both services recommended this album within 10 skips.
Agalloch, similar to 99% of music out there, has very little in common with Ulver.
Call Of The Wretched Sea
Sure, why not.
Lamentos A Poema Muerto
I thought I had struck gold until cookie monster started mournfully croaking out vocals. What a shame, the music is glorious.
|Tried to separate the 10 picks with #1 and #12, but it looks kinda silly. Oh well.|
|In the end, I think I preferred Pandora's selection, though not to an extreme degree.|
|pandora is meh|
|last.fm cause i can integrate wif my sputniks.|
|I use it because I have a Blackberry, and last.fm is only kinda-sorta not really supported.|
|last.fm fur shur.|
|this comment isnt exactly what you asked for...but ....|
I prefer last.fm as a whole. I used pandora for a a year, thenused slacker radio. after i found last.fm, i never went back. for what i listen to the radios are perfect, and the unlimited skips are awesome. the added ability to connect with people with similar tastes makes it that much better imo.
anyway, just posting my opinion on the two, though that wasnt what you were asking ;)
|Muzik- I have used last.fm since forever, but decided to check out Pandora because I'm a geek and the idea of a Music Genome Project sounded right up my alley. I find the concept fascinating, but in the long run I think I still prefer last.fm. No skip limits, feels like a larger database of music, too. Not sure if that's a fact, but on Pandora I find myself groaning every time the same freakin Opeth track pops up.|
|last.fm has a wider variety, and since the people tag it I believe that it is more accurate. with the genome it doesnt always work out. after reading the 'why we played this' it seemed like complete bogus. It is a great idea, but it needs a lot of work.|
|I actually read every description.|
|Based on this selection, Last.fm clearly is more accurate. I've never used Pandora, but I've always been satisfied enough with Last.fm to never have a reason to use something else.|
|How to Train Your Dragon ftw. Saw that twice and paid for 3D both times.|
|last.fm is the best|
|In the Woods is the most similar band to Agalloch that I've heard, except for the singing, which sounds like Life of Agony. |
|I'm a huge Agalloch fan and I know of a couple bands that are similar to them. Most notably Gallowbraid, and This White Mountain (who obviously take their name directly from Agalloch haha).|
|OM is a go-to album if you have love for black metal with a lot of atmosphere. |
|'Agalloch, similar to 99% of music out there, has very little in common with Ulver.'|
|Never tried out last fm personally pandora works great for post hardcore and classic rock. that's about it.|
|last.fm documents your music listening more than it allows you to stream|
|I've never had a good experience with Pandora|
|they generally didn't play interesting stuff for me, plus i'd rather just jam a whole album by a band i want to check out|
|The problem with pandora is that they keep playing the same bands all the time. They play Eyes Set To Kill a ton for post-hardcore, and Breaking Benjamin a ton if I choose the Heavy Metal option.|
i'd rather just jam a whole album by a band i want to check out