The music streaming website Pandora counted 40 million registered users this year. The free service generates a customized radio station for every band in a musical database, playing similar-sounding music in an uninterrupted stream. This continuous stream of similar-sounding music is perfect for the extended focus of a writer.
Here’s more about the music selection process, from the site: “We ended up assembling literally hundreds of musical attributes or ‘genes’ into a very large Music Genome. Taken together these genes capture the unique and magical musical identity of a song – everything from melody, harmony and rhythm, to instrumentation, orchestration, arrangement, lyrics, and of course the rich world of singing and vocal harmony. It’s not about what a band looks like, or what genre they supposedly belong to, or about who buys their records – it’s about what each individual song sounds like.”