MacVoices #748 – MacVoices at Expo featuring Pandora: Kevin Seal Discusses Music Analysis and the Pandora Podcast

Kevin Seal
MacVoices at Expo featuring Pandora
The host and producer of the Pandora Podcast and a former Music Analyst for Pandora, Kevin Seal explains why everyone is a music expert and how Pandora wants to help further that expertise by educating the listener about the many aspects of music. From the MacVoices at Expo featuring Pandora event at Macworld Expo, Kevin also discusses his history as a Music Analyst and describes the process that involves answering hundreds of questions for each and every track of the over 500,000 selections on Pandora, the equipment they use, the occupational hazard of “ear burn” and more.

MacVoices #747 – MacVoices at Expo featuring Pandora: David Bassin Discusses Music Discovery

David Bassin
MacVoices at Expo featuring Pandora
Legendary Bay Area DJ, music taste-maker David Bassin, who has a reputation for helping listeners find new music, discusses music discovery, how it has changed, and how he does what he does. David has a global audience thanks to his show appearing on a wide variety of media web sites as well as being available as a podcast, and that gives him an equally global perspective on the way that music is currently published, circulated and publicized. At the MacVoices at Expo featuring Pandora event on Friday night of Macworld Expo, David compares and contrasts what Pandora offers as a method of music discovery, explains that major record label content shouldn’t be viewed as poison, and that music can be good no matter where it comes from.

MacVoices #746 – MacVoices at Expo featuring Pandora: Tom Conrad Looks “Under the Hood” of Pandora

Tom Conrad
MacVoices at Expo featuring Pandora
To get “under the hood” of the music streaming service Pandora, we talk to Tom Conrad, the Chief Technology Officer for Pandora. Tom starts with his Apple/Macintosh credibility as the author of a feature that remains part of the Mac OS to this day, then digs in to what makes Pandora tick: the bandwidth necessary to support, “many tens of thousands” of simultaneous users, how they address the challenge of delivering a quality listening experience and the state of the Pandora interface, Recorded live at the MacVoices at Expo featuring Pandora event on Friday night of Macworld Expo, Tim also talks about how they store and back up their collection of over 500,000 tracks (and the CDs’ they came from), delivers some thoughts on where they would like to take Pandora from both the accessibility and interaction perspectives.

MacNotables #707: An Eclectic Conversation with The MacNotables

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In what may be the most eclectic edition yet, MacNotables panelists Tonya Engst, Adam Engst, Andy Ihnatko and Chuck Joiner touch on a wide variety of topics, including the UK version of the Apple ads, the issues facing both Mac and all electronics users with the change in daylight savings time rules, why you need to pay for the 802.11n Enabler, the iPod shuffle’s colors, some random thoughts on Valentine’s Day and a way Microsoft could sell more copies of Vista.
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MacVoices #745 – MacVoices at Expo featuring Pandora: Rogue Amoeba’s AirFoil Helps Set Pandora Free from the Desktop

Paul Kafasis
MacVoices at Expo featuring Pandora
At the MacVoices at Expo featuring Pandora event on Friday night of Macworld Expo, Paul Kafasis, the CEO of Rogue Amoeba discusses how his company helps Pandora “escape” from the desktop by allowing the streaming music service to be played to remote speakers using their AirFoil product in conjunction with Apple’s Airport Express. AirFoil is available for both Mac and Windows so that anyone can enjoy Pandora. Paul also discusses the product line that makes Rogue Amoeba one of the premier Mac developers out there, and then Tom Conrad, the Chief Technology Officer of Pandora joins in to tell a story about how AirFoil helped net Pandora a significant investor.