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.
I first heard about Pandora two years ago in my English composition class that I was teaching. A music fanatic wanted to write the majority of his essays on music topics. When I assigned a persuasive research paper, he was at a lost for a topic. During a brainstorming session in my office, he decided that he would tackle the case of online radio streaming programs versus traditional radio stations found on stereos and inside cars. Next thing I knew, he was talking on and on about this new radio … more
Pandora radio, an online streaming radio station; takes what you say you like, and expands upon it. Fear not, you can always say, "I don't like this song" and you won't hear it again. Really love Joan Jett's, "Little Drummer Boy" but don't want to hear it in June? "I'm tired of this song" puts it away on a hidden shelf somewhere to be dragged out in a couple of months. What I like most about Pandora is I don't have to take up space … more
All reviews, so far, for Pandora Radio have been positive and all have covered the free version. I used the service for a week before deciding to upgrade to the paid version. Was it money well spent? Mostly yes. How it works: Pandora uses a fairly simplistic standard AI (artificial intelligence) engine. Create a seedbed of artists and songs and Pandora will augment that list with songs that fit your genres or songs that others with similar lists also like. Free version or … more
UPDATE: 1/25/11 Since writing this review, I've upgraded my membership at Pandora to the paid subscription. And so, I'm going to put in some thoughts on how that's been after using it now for about a month. If you're looking for thoughts on Pandora a free service, read towards the bottom, where you'll find my original review. Pandora One is $36/year and offers some perks as a paid members. To sum it all up: no ads, … more
Pandora Radio is a blessing to the ears. In a time where music is centered around worn out singles, there are few ways to introduce fresh songs and artists to the brain. As of late my music library has grown stale. The solution was to fire back up my Pandora account. I use channels such as: Nirvana Radio(gotta have the grunge fix), City and Colour(relaxation at its best), Blink182(nostalgia), the Cool Kids(little hip-hop now and then), Girl Talk(hurray sampling), and Sufjan … more
I'm in love...again. All I need is a WiFi connection and my Android tablet and there it is - from music I've loved for years to gems I've never heard. The Pandora mobile app ties in with my online Pandora account, takes my choices and tailors "radio" stations to suit my every mood. It's easy to use and almost always spot on. With the mobile app, I'm loving it all over again.
I don't love Pandora, but I like it. I just don't like how it limits skipping songs or it stops playing if you let it be. Regardless though it is great for discovering new artists that might have something you'll love! Because of the cons I haven't been a very loyal user though...
Heather Marie Poitras (HeatherSkills)
Hi. I'm Heather Marie Poitras, or as most of you on the internet know me, Heather Skills. I'm a 26-year-old Journalist from Boston, Massachusetts with an undying love of music, fashion, writing, and acting. … more
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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.