Pandora is nice, as far as it goes, but it won't fill the need for me. The algorithm isn't as good. I DON'T just either like a song or hate it - thumbs up or thumbs down is no good. I have shades of gray. I will listen to "Cowboys" by Counting Crows (another song I heard for the first time on LAUNCHcast, and completely fell for) any time it comes up. I'll listen to Big Head Todd and the Monsters' "Broken-Hearted Savior," but I don't want to hear it every day. I can take a Wilco song once every other month at most. And so on.
And I have an mp3 player, but I know all those songs already. I'd like to discover new music, too.
Of course, there's the great irony. Because of LAUNCHcast, I now have CD's by Sunny Day Real Estate and The Promise Ring and Coheed & Cambria and The Reputation. This is because I finally found out who that woman fronting Sarge was, and because LAUNCH helped me find Elizabeth Elmore's other band, too. To say nothing of that Jimmy Eat World album. See, because of LAUNCHcast, I did something unheard of in the year 2009.
I actually bought CD's. More CD's. Real, physical CD's.
You can tell me I don't get the new media revolution all you want. I don't care. I found my own way through it. I'm not a revolutionary by any stretch. I'm just a guy who likes music and wants to support the good stuff.
And I'm losing one of my best tools, a tool so familiar that I call it a wonderful old friend. It's just really, really sad.
I just heard one more new song that impressed me - a band called World Wide Spies, a song called "Philosophy." I rated it 90. There's no chance I'll see it come back around on this station before it dies, so the rating was in vain, but it was completely automatic, just like it has been for so much of the past ten years.
I suppose I can always visit their MySpace page.