Paul Lamere at MusicMachinery.com took on the extraordinary task that explores locations and distinct music preferences, with results that might surprise you.
Lamere says he sampled listening preferences of about a quarter million listeners that have a zip code associated with their streaming music account. Â Listener data is drawn from a variety of music streaming services that are powered by The Echo Nest.
He aggregated the listeners into regions (state, regional and all-US) and compared regions by looking at the top-N most popular artists based on listener plays in each region. Â He then sought the artists that have a substantial change in rank between regions. These artists are the artists that define the taste for the region.
For more in-depth analysis and comparisons, see Lamere’s original post at MusicMachinery.com.