Music/tech writer Paul Lamere is using "an aggregation of data across a wide range of music services powered by The Echo Nest" in interesting ways on his Music Machinery web site:
For this study, I sampled the listening preferences of about a quarter million listeners that have a zip code associated with their account. I aggregated these listeners into regions (state, regional and all-US). To compare regions I look at the top-N most popular artists in each region and look for artists that have a substantial change in rank between the two regions. These artists are the artists that define the taste for the region.
- Springsteen took Jersey, to nobody's surprise.
- Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros won PA? I'm okay with that.
- Kurt Vile conquered Oregon.
- Florida and Arizona... c'mon.
- Several states, most notably West Virginia, have no idea what century this is.
- Rhode Island stop streaming Nirvana and buy the album already.
- Vermont and New Hampshire are fixing to start an old-school/new-school jam band pothead civil war.
- Hawaii and Alaska, I don't what is going on. Some music just doesn't cross Canada/the Pacific I guess.
- Idaho, you surprise me and I think we should be friends.
There's lots more data at Music Machinery.
See Also: This map of the best-selling artists by state, because sometimes people supports the arts they like.
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