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About Pandora - I believe that this is a useful and interesting tool and is suffering from being roughly handled by big music companies. It is NOT a music rip off site.





The Music Genome Project®


On January 6, 2000 a group of musicians and music-loving technologists came together with the idea of creating the most comprehensive analysis of music ever.


Together we set out to capture the essence of music at the most fundamental level. We ended up assembling literally hundreds of musical attributes or "genes" into a very large Music Genome. Taken together these genes capture the unique and magical musical identity of a song - everything from melody, harmony and rhythm, to instrumentation, orchestration, arrangement, lyrics, and of course the rich world of singing and vocal harmony. It's not about what a band looks like, or what genre they supposedly belong to, or about who buys their records - it's about what each individual song sounds like


Anyway I received this - I encourage our US members to help:


PANDORA Urgently Needs Your Help: Save Internet Radio Bill Must Pass Senate‏

From: Tim Westergren - Founder, Pandora (tim.westergren@pandora.com)

Sent: 29 September 2008 06:22:07

Reply-to: tim.westergren@pandora.com



Hi, it's Tim from Pandora; Today, thanks to the extraordinary support of many Pandora listeners, we took a giant step forward when the House of Representatives supported Pandora and Internet radio and passed the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008. Now we need your help so that the Senate will pass it also - and quickly... The finish line is in sight! After a yearlong negotiation, Pandora, SoundExchange and the RIAA are finally optimistic about reaching an agreement on royalties that would save Pandora and Internet radio. The legislation would give us the extra time we need to finalize the deal. Please call your Senators Monday morning starting at 9:00 (Eastern) and ask them to support the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008. The person who answers the phone in your Senator's office may ask for the bill number - it's H.R. 7084 (if they ask for a Senate bill number, you can assure them that in this unusual case, the Senate is actually voting on the House bill number). Senator Saxby Chambliss: (202) 224-3521 Senator Johnny Isakson: (202) 224-3643 If the phone is busy, please try again until you get through. These calls really do make a difference. Thanks so much for you ongoing support. Tim




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