If you do your best work with a tune in the background, pump up the volume with these web sites. They work like free, intelligent jukeboxes. You enter a song, band or composer you like, and the web site plays other music that it suspects you’ll like:
• Last.fm (www.last.fm): Choose the music you love—anything from ABBA to Vivaldi—and the web site creates a “radio station” just for you. You can also share your station with a friend or download songs on the spot.
• Deezer (www.deezer.com): Once you’re registered, set up a Smartradio station. If you don’t like a track it plays, just tell it. It gradually improves its selections. Selections skew toward current music.
• Pandora (http://pandora.com): Set up a new station based on specific music or choose from an elaborate list of preset stations. Example: Fans of classical music can drill down to find stations devoted to string ensembles, romantic-period symphonic music and piano solos.