NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- In recent articles, I have highlighted the Music Genome Project (MGP) as one of Pandora's (P - Get Report) insurmountable edges over the competition. Even Apple's (AAPL - Get Report) iTunes Radio.
I get into it a bit in the video that accompanies the article at this link. I get into it a bit more in Crucial Facts You Should Know About Apple Vs. Pandora. And I get into it a whole lot more in Why Pandora Blows Apple's iTunes Radio Away.
Here, I lay it out with the type of on-the-ground examples that happen, to some extent, every time Pandora plays a song for you. At the same time, however, the inner-workings of the MGP run pretty much behind the scenes. That's cool for the user, who, ultimately, wants to kick back, listen to the radio and hear/discover good music.
But, smart generalists and investors must appreciate the power of the MGP if they desire a better understanding of why Pandora will not only survive, but thrive alongside iTunes Radio.The other day I was driving in my car. Pandora served up a song I know I never heard before from a band I had never heard of.