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Music Has Been Reduced to a Set of Flow Charts.

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"Listening to music has historically made people feel free and let us revel in our subjectivity. By contrast, listening to Pandora makes you feel predictable. The first few times I tried Pandora and heard the new songs derived from my old songs, as clone puppies might be derived from a dead dog, I lost my fighting spirit." 

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My path through this human civilization, my choices of things to like and not like, a path that I believed was defined by weird twists and turns and that had taken everything I had to blaze, could have been charted by a robot. This spirit-loss has been a problem with the musical experience since the advent of the MP3 in the 1990s..." - Virginia Heffernan, NYT (Read on.)

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