My daughter was hogging the computer the other day forcing me to find something constructive to do with my time, but I was confused by the sounds I heard coming from the computer. Normally she watches television shows that for one reason or another she can't on our TV. But this was music. Which seemed odd. So I asked her what she was doing. She described to me "Pandora Radio". Which she claimed never plays a song you don't like. I was skeptical, but she said you just type in a song and then it will use the Music Genome Project To select songs you would like based on the song you picked. My daughter claimed she has yet to hear a song she didn't like. I was not so lucky.
I was curious & eager to try it, but first off it didn't even recognize the 1st half dozen songs I tried. Finally I went to something simple and semi-popular. ("Birdhouse in your Soul" by They Might Be Giants) It was recognized, and my journey commenced. And I really didn't like the first 3 out of 6 songs and finally gave up and tried something else. I still have yet to find something I can listen to consistently without getting bored. But that may just be me.
The thing is, I love the whole concept of Musical DNA is fascinating, even if it is for commercial purposes. I don't know while not thrilled with the radio part, I am excited by the new ways we keep finding to explore all aspects of our world. And yes it's art, it can't be dissected. (probably why I can't find a consistent stream of songs I like) But I think the more we explore it the more we can learn about ourselves.