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Pandora Online Radio

An automated music recommendation and Internet radio service created by the Music Genome Project.

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Great for learning new musical artists and bands!

  • Dec 1, 2009
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Pandora.com has done great things for my discovery of artists and bands in a specific genre that I choose. I have come across music that I have never heard before, or haven't heard enough of to form an opinion on. Since starting my Pandora account, I have some new favorite bands and musicians.

As a music journalist, this helps me a great deal. I can discover new music, and then research the artist more heavily. Tour managers could benefit from this site too, through finding similar artists that would be a perfect fit for a tour that they are planning.

I haven't delved too deep into Last.fm, but I have heard from several people that they prefer it over Pandora. The one thing I did notice, however, is that the initial sign-up process for Pandora is easier and faster than Last.fm. Once you hit 40 hours of play time in one month on Pandora, you have two choices: either stop listening until the next month, or pay a premium fee. 40 hours is a good amount of time if you don't use it every day, or not for very long every day. Since I work from my laptop, I tend to go through 40 hours of music faster than the average person. So where this limit may not affect you, I have hit my limit every month I have been on Pandora. 

I wouldn't have a big complaint about only being able to skip 10 songs per run IF each station wasn't so redundant. Sometimes almost the same exact play list will come on every day I choose a specific channel. This defeats the whole learning new music concept. This doesn't happen all of the time, but semi-frequently. I have also found myself wondering a few times, "why would they ever put this song on this station?!". But for the most part, they are pretty on point with genre relevance. 

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December 01, 2009
Nice to know! While I honestly stick to iTunes, I should definitely check one of these out in the future. When you get a chance, check out our Music community!
 
December 01, 2009
Ahhh...another fan of Pandora! :) I was unaware of that 40 hour limit as I've never gone anywhere near that level. I look forward to more of your professional level writing.
 
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Pandora is an automatic music recommendation and Internet radio service created by the Music Genome Project. People enter a song or artist and the service plays a list of songs that are similar. Pandora refines the personalized radio station with the person's thumbs-up/thumbs-down feedback on each song. Over 400 different musical attributes are considered when selecting the next song.

People can buy songs they hear from Amazon MP3, Amazon.com, or the iTunes Store.

The Pandora media player plays through a web browser and on portable devices such as iPhone. The service is supported through advertising and subscriptions.

Pandora radio is the personalized internet radio service that helps you find new music based on your old and current favorites. Create custom web radio stations, listen free.
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