They don't have this ridiculous skip limitation (or at least they didn't the last time I used it). No matter how good the algorithm, its really hard for a computer to understand the intricacies of musical taste. Skipping is a necessity on a service like this.
I finally checked out Pandora recently, after using Hype Machine for several months. Despite Hypem's advantage of MP3's, I'm finding I like Pandora better.
One thing I do think is odd is their max-skips-per-hour rule, like 10 per hour. What's up with that? It seems like most legit streaming options (amazon, etc) limit you to a few seconds per song. But at Pandora it seems the opposite... no sampling just a few seconds of related artists, but streaming all of the songs in their entirety is just fine.
What's the intent here? It would seem like skipping would be fine, since you're exposed to more artists and stand a better chance of finding something to purchase. Plus, the paranoid RIAA types can be pretty sure you're not copying small snippets of a boatload of songs.
It's not too hard to bounce over to another station... curious if anyone has any idea why this limitation would exist. TIA.