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If you like listening to music, you should check out when you get a chance. All you have to do is sign up for a free account, and then you tell it what artists and/or songs you enjoy listening to. The more information you provide, the better. For example, the artists I selected range from Radiohead to Metallica to The Beatles to The Supremes and even Fiona Apple (plus Iron Maiden, The Who, Led Zeppelin, and Elton John) . But you can also pick individual songs, too. Pandora then throws all of that into its "mixer" and determines what it is that you like about these artists and songs. It analyzes the tempos and keys of the songs you picked and then starts playing similar songs on your "station." The audio quality is superb, and you can even listen to your station on select AT&T and Sprint mobile phones now (or most Windows Mobile-based phones). I'm out of luck there since my phone is a Blackberry Curve.

I was surprised to hear many of the artists that I had selected, too. Pandora isn't just trying to get you to listen to bands you've never heard of before, it will play you the artists you've chosen, too. Within the past 20 minutes, I've heard Sleater-Kinney, Elastica, Lush, Radiohead, The Strokes and The Killers.

Here's a link to my station if you want to take a listen:

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