Under the "more" button at the top you can generate a random playlist from 5 to 50 songs from 'any' genre and year. There is also support for cellphone streaming and ... interestingly ... uploading songs?
I noticed a few weeks ago that this site was no longer accessible and now when you go there it says "account suspended" so I guess it's back to the old drawing board, or www.grooveshark.com for your music fix :)
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When I was in the U.S.A. I was overwhelmingly convinced that Pandora music service would be the next big thing to hit the world of internet music streaming. When I returned to South Africa I was heartbroken to discover that it's limited to U.S.A. and I would never be able to partake of the juicy goodness that lies in Pandora outside of the States.
Almost two years later, a poor substitute has surfaced in South Africa called Playlist Central which boasts (at time of post) more than 76GB of 64Kbps MP3 music (that adds up to more than 1200 artists, 2900 albums, almost forty thousand songs, or in other language - one thousand two hundred hours [forty nine days of non-stop music]) that is free-to-play online.
Some may argue that forty thousand free-to-play songs online for South Africans isn't a poor substitute but clearly those 'some' haven't tried out Pandora! Since this post isn't about Pandora I won't do a comparison and will focus more on Playlist Central and what it offers in a South African context.
Playlist Central is currently in a beta offering but from what I've tried in the afore-mentioned context of available South Africa services it's fantastic. Sporting a range of artists from A-Z including the likes of Abba, Seether, Breaking Benjamin, Adele, and Sepultura there's sure to be something for everyone.
The controls aren't too complicated and you can even set up your own playlists. I am not one hundred percent convinced that this service is completely legitimate (having said that, any would-be music broadcaster can obtain rights to broadcast so why would the medium of internet broadcasting be any different than a radio broadcast?) or that it will survive being free but on the surface it has a lot of promise.
The introduction to Playlist central reads as follows:
Here's a screengrab to show you how it looks:
And here's a screenshot about the cellphone support (currently supports iPhone, iPad, iPod, Windows 7, BlackBerry Playbook, and Android).
One final request - if you found out about Playlist Central first from this post, please do me a favour and hit a thumbs up, a +1, or a comment so I know that my posts are being useful :) Call it an exercise in stats analysis (even though it's a mild flavour of ego patting).
Go and check it out: www.playlistcentral.co.za.