Review: Pandora vs. MusicMatch "Artist Match"

I haveĀ a subscription MusicMatch's "On Demand" service, which includes the ability to put in an artist and say "Music like this." I loved this when I first experienced it, but Pandora is much better.

Compare these two results for a seed of "Jesus & Mary Chain":

MusicMatch "Artist Match"

  1. "Situation" by Yaz
  2. "Blue Monday" by New Order
  3. "Love & Peace or Else" by U2
  4. "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" by The Smiths
  5. "Cities" by The Talking Heads

Okay, fair enough recreation of a 1982 New Wave commercial radio playlist...


  1. "Eric's Trip" by Sonic Youth
  2. "Stand Guard" by Bob Mould
  3. "Pig Knuckled Clown" by Flour
  4. "Sometimes" by Firehose
  5. "Soft Signals" by Limblifter

Now that's like what you'd expect from a college DJ! With Pandora, you can actually fine-tune what you want to hear considerably, but even with just the seed there's no question that Pandora "gets" the sound of Jesus & Mary Chain and MusicMatch "gets" the era and that its "New Wave."

Between KEXP.ORG, ReplayRadio, MusicMatch On Demand, and Pandora, I actually feel like I'm hearing as much musical diversity as I ever did on the mainland.