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2/7 Pandora Music Meetup

Posted by novoscene on February 7, 2008

You all know Pandora right? For the last eight years the Bay Area streaming music site has been providing customized radio through it’s Genome Music Project-just type in the names of bands or songs you like and sit back as your player streams tunes tailored to your liking. The system uses hundreds of musical attributes, or “genes” to cross classify msic by tens of thousands of artists. While the doesn’t always get it right, the breadth of music they’re able to cover is pretty astonishing-from radio hits to lesser known indie to some of the more low key grime and dubstep.

Since the RIAA turned on internet broadcasters last year the and began demanding insanely high royalty rates, Pandora and similar sites like SomaFM and LastFM have been fighting to stay afloat. In early January Pandora was forced to block all listeners outside the US when talks around liscensing and royalties ended.

Now that’s the sucky part. The good news is that, at least for the moment Pandora is alive and thriving in the states and tonight, all you luck music heads get the chance to come out and celebrate for the hell of it. The event is a chance to meet other users and music lovers and get away from your screen for a while and into the realm of real people. Pandora founder Tim Westergen will be on hand to talk about the company, the ups and downs of being a new media entrepreneur and I’m sure, to tell you about all the cool new music he’s discovered through the site. The event is free but reservations are required. RSVP with Angie at tour@pandora.com

Pandora Oakland Meetup
Free (RSVP Required)
7pm
Historic Sweet’s Ballroom
1933 Broadway in Oakland
www.pandora.com

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