I have been a listener of Pandora for the past 3 years and it has grown to be my favorite site on the internet. The RIAA has been pushing SoundExchange to increase royalty rates for web based radio and were successful in increasing this rate substantially thereby threatening to end all web based radio streaming as we know it. While there are new efforts to save net radio they appear to be hitting a wall.
So what happens to all that data Pandora (The Music Genome Project) has amassed? I would like to be able to download all the data and use in some future use. It would be a goldmine of data for the music industry. Imagine knowing what your customers like and dislike. Imagine having the ability to see exactly what types of music your customers are listening to. While I hope Pandora is able to survive I also hope that if they are forced to shut their doors the data they have accumulated isn’t locked behind that closed door.
I would love to hear other ideas on how the data could be released and used.