“The algorithm that can judge the merits of new Gucci Mane, or intuit that you want to sing ‘A Thousand Miles’ by Vanessa Carlton in the shower, has yet to be written. Until that day comes, the job has fallen to an elite class of veteran music nerds.” Buzzfeed takes you inside the increasingly important playlist factory. I gotta say, my top music discovery service has long been SiriusXM, where I find almost all of my favorite new bands (during the few minutes a day when I’m not listening to Howard Stern.)

+ According to an MIT study, your taste in music is learned, not innate. Which makes Yoda’s comment all the more applicable for most people: You must unlearn what you have learned.