As my friends at Casa Mia know well, I’ve got strong opinions about music played in restaurants. Admittedly it’s a hard thing to get right: too much Perry Como and you risk losing the young rockers, too much Bedouin Soundclash and you loose the suits. Personally I would be a happy man if I never had to listen to Andrea Bocelli again for as long as I live.
So here’s my proposed solution: each restaurant should have its own last.fm group and invite customers to become members of the group (here’s a group I’ve created for Casa Mia as an experiment; feel free to join it).
Then all that’s left to do is to stream the group’s radio station into the restaurant; in theory, while every track won’t appeal to every customer, at least every customer’s taste will be factored into the playlist.