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7/11/2006

ANOTHER RADIO REPLACEMENT: PANDORA

Why would I listen to the radio at work when I can listen to Pandora. Listen to music of all genres for free, no DJs, no ads for car dealerships, no traffic and weather breaks and no division of sacred and secular. Music is piped in for me based on what I like about music and nothing else.

Upon arriving at Pandora you'll be asked to enter an artist's name. Let's say, you know, just for example sake, you put in my name. Pandora "programs" a station with my music and similar music - music with the same "dna." So you're likely to hear Robbie Seay Band, Tom Petty, Cool Hand Luke or Leigh Nash. But as each song plays you can tell Pandora if you like it or not, if you want to skip it or give it a thumbs up, and over time it learns why you like my music and fine tunes your station to better reflect your likes and dislikes.

You can set up multiple stations. A Rob Zombie station. A Johnny Cash station. A Kanye West station. A Death Cab For Cutie station. Each station plays music with similar DNA to the artist you've chosen. You're in charge.

Brilliant. For free.

13 Comments:

Blogger euphrony said...

I haven't used Pandora, but for years I've been using Yahoo Music in the same way. If you do not already have Yahoo/SBC/AT&T as your ISP (which gives you full access to usage) they have a free service (which plays the occasional commercial and limits the number of songs skips per month) or a pay service for ~$5 per month. I do the same thing - rate genres, artists, songs, albums, videos - and it will play songs based on these ratings. You can also listen to preprogramed stations, artist stations, or other users stations. I love it. I get music variety, don't have to listen to the same song five times a day, and I'm not limited to one genre at a time. I can listen to Natalie MacMaster play a fiddle-driven Touch of the Master's Hand and then hear Wayne Watson's softer version right after it. Then follow with Aaron Copland, Van Halen, The Chieftans, Rush, and of course Shaun Groves. If you ask me, it beats standard radio any day of the week. I like too many things, and get tired of hearing the same old thing, to stay on a radio station very long. Also, I tend to hear new music and new artists sooner through Yahoo Music. It has some drawbacks (some of my favorite artists have little of there music on the sight) but is good overall.

7/11/2006  
Blogger holyteach said...

Oh man. I love Pandora so much.

I only have two complaints: 1) I'd love it twice as much if I could mix stations that had either the DNA of (say) Rob Zombie or Death Cab, and 2) the option of a non-flash interface would be nice.

However, it ain't broke, so I hesitate to try and fix it.

7/11/2006  
Blogger Katie Hart said...

I've been using the free version of Yahoo Radio for some time now, suffering the ads and only 600 medium-quality songs a month (not enough for how much I'm online). Pandora is a great find - though they are getting ads on the free version soon. I'll enjoy it until I'm ready to plunk down $60 for a year of Yahoo. Thanks for mentioning it!

7/11/2006  
Blogger Nancy Tyler said...

Yeah but I LIKE DJs! ;)

Pandora sounds similar to http://www.mystrands.com/

7/11/2006  
Blogger Shaun Groves said...

You ARE one.

Conceited.

7/11/2006  
Blogger Nancy Tyler said...

Jealous!

7/11/2006  
Blogger Cristy said...

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7/11/2006  
Blogger Cristy said...

Now now, play nicely, children... ;)

7/11/2006  
Blogger Randy Webb said...

yes Pandora.com is an amazing invention.. yet music after a while can sound a tad derivative when you only feed it one or two of your favored artists/bands.

7/11/2006  
Anonymous andrew said...

For those who have a last.fm account, there's a version of Pandora available at http://pandorafm.real-ity.com/ that will submit the tracks Pandora plays for you to your last.fm profile.

7/11/2006  
Blogger The Cachinnator said...

I like.

7/12/2006  
Anonymous Nathan G said...

BRILLIANT!!

7/12/2006  
Anonymous Laura said...

I realize this comment's late..but..that;s freakin' amazing!!! U've never heard of anything like it however im not taht tech savvy...Thanks...one problem though...no Downhere.....can i change that anyway?
Thanks.

Laura

7/12/2006  

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