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I had the rare treat of meeting with, and presenting Pandora and the Music Genome Project to the scientist who actually discovered DNA, Dr. James Watson. He’s a wonderful man with an obvious curiosity, and some very strong opinions about Chinese opera!

Had a terrific time touring the Cold Spring Harbor facility out on Long Island, where a global assembly of some of the world’s brightest natural scientists come together to do bench research. We convened for a town hall in a seminar room full of biologists and their friends to talk Genome.

It was certainly an unusual town hall with a whole new set of questions around the science and implications of the Music Genome Project.

One comment that really struck me was the idea of inserting random songs into stations to see if it would generate a spontaneous and random improvement – just like a genetic mutation! It’s a really interesting notion, after all, that’s the process that has defined human evolution for thousands of years.

Looking forward to our Milwaukee town hall tomorrow night (10/13) at the Iron Horse Hotel.

Tim (Founder)


  1. Charlee
    October 24, 2011 at 6:25pm
    I'm out of lgeaue here. Too much brain power on display!
  2. Ryan, Listener Advocate @ Pandora
    October 25, 2011 at 2:28pm
    @Chandra -- On the web, you can like an artist without thumbing up the song that is currently playing. To do this, simply click on the name of the artist and then click "Like this Artist". @Angela -- That's right, Pandora is free! We also offer an $36 subscription called Pandora One which removes all advertising, but that is optional. You can find more information here: @Marty -- Please contact us at so we can assist you. @Austin -- On the web, the tracks that you thumbs-up appear on your Profile as "Likes". Thanks for the great suggestions everyone!
  3. Merak Marey
    October 27, 2011 at 10:36am
    Still the music playlist are not what you expect...why Pandora does not use more intense algorithms to decide the songs of a playlist?...using human filters limits the selection by the taste os a person(s)...I have been working for a while now in something like Shazam but to identify "similar" songs, not identical, and the results are quite interesting...beside there is a lot other things you can do to know what people like...another thing...there is a simple solution to fix the skips/DMCA limitations, and it will also help to determine the playlist...anyway..good luck..:D
  4. hello kitty credit card
    November 03, 2011 at 7:52am
    But this is for free no?
  5. robert hamel
    November 07, 2011 at 10:07pm
    Hey Pandora, I think you guys should switch your rating. thumbs up and thumbs down is not enough. I think you should do a two thumbs up and two thumbs down idea. Two thumbs for favorite songs and one thumb for songs you like. This allows for greater indethness of the listener. It creates a cheap way to get better results with customers. Also, two thumbs down would be dislike the the artist and 1 thumb down means the listener does not like the song. This creates and ability for more indepth genre varied yet specific to the listener. This also creates the ability to more personalize ads. This will, with good business sense obviously generate extra revenue. I hope you look at the idea. BTW I'm full of them. Econ, major, Aquinas college
  6. Maca
    November 08, 2011 at 2:30am
    Dr. Watson is a wonderfull person.
  7. Dave
    November 09, 2011 at 4:22am
    Dr Watson, a true pioneer! The Human genome project near where i live in Cambridge, Uk does a lot of good work, stemcell research in particular. this would not be possible without Dr Watsons incredible work. In particlar his book The Double Helix is a milestone publication. DM live gold rate
  8. bj
    November 12, 2011 at 11:12am
    This is supposed to be a website that allows a listener to listen to music of their choice, plus provide new music selections that a listener might enjoy based on their selections? To date I have had to “thumbs down” chris brown repeatedly. Often twice in a row. Just now it WAS THE FIRST SONG OFFERED as “my” station began. If this continues I will no longer bother to listen at all. It is just too annoying. And if this is an example of the ability of a business to select music appropriate to their venue and taste, then I will not be able to use this station, or recommend its use. You should be able to understand if a listen has rejected an artist more than once, that not only is that not an artist the listener enjoys, but that anything similar will be rejected. Please fix this problem before you lose me and other listeners. Funny I did not have this problem before my “free listening hours” ran out.
  9. Hochzeits DJ Oliver
    November 14, 2011 at 3:08am
    Good work! go for it!
  10. alexdan
    November 15, 2011 at 9:47am
    wow that's great , pandora with Mr james watson. awesome

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