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WSJ: New Music “Radio-like” Subscription Service – a customizable Pandora

Sounds like a great way to find new music that matches your tastes

WSJ: Beats Electronics, the company behind the very identifiable headphones, intends to pick and play the music you hear through them. Similar to leading competitorsSpotify, Rdio and Google GOOG -3.13%Music All Access, Beats Music gives users an on-demand library of over 20 million songs. Having tested the service this week, I was happy to see that the flashy newcomer brings an unusual human- and computer-powered recommendation system to this mammoth catalog. I could easily find new music I actually wanted to listen to.

First, you download the Beats Music app to your iPhone, Android or Windows Phoneand then tap on floating circles to identify music you like. A tap on “Pop” told Beats I “like” the hits, double taps on “Rock” and “Indie” told it I “love” the good stuff. A press-and-hold on “Metal” music said I “hate” the sounds of bands like Metallica.

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