Opening Pandora’s Free Music Box

Have you ever wanted your own personal radio station where they only play the music you like? Until now getting your own music station where you liked every song was nearly impossible, let alone getting it for free. Pandora now gives you all of that and more for free

Pandora is a music discovery service designed to help you find and enjoy music that you’ll love. It’s powered by the Music Genome Project, the most comprehensive analysis of music ever undertaken. Just tell us one of your favorite songs or artists and we’ll launch a streaming station to explore that part of the music universe.

The first thing you do upon visiting Pandora for the first time is enter either an artist name or song title. In my example I entered Queen. From that basic information the Pandora system will create a custom radio station based upon your information. It will search it’s music library and start playing a song that has similar charateristics to the song or artist you picked.

While listening to a song, you can click on it so see why Pandora selected it. You can also give it a Thumbs Up or Down depending on how well you like it. If you give it a Thumbs Down, it will immediately stop playing and start something else. The more you tell system about your likes and dislikes the better it is able to tailor your station to your particular tastes.

Pandora is currently being offered in two modes: free which is ad supported and a pay mode $3-4/month depending upon your subscription. They say that they will be increasing the ads over time, but for now they are not too annoying.

In order to use Pandora you need a high speed Internet connection, a relatively new browser and Flash support. The files that it plays are 128 Kbps MP3 files. If you’re into music this a great way to listen to a variety of different artists and songs in the styles that you like.

If you want, you can check out my Ken’s Eclectic Radio station.

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2 Comments

  1. I had heard about Pandora but never got down to trying it. Sounds really interesting. Am gonna do so now.

    Yahoo apparently offers similar stuff, there’s something known as ‘my station’. But I wasn’t too satisfied with it. I use windows media player to trace stations and play them on the same.

  2. rafael

     /  December 1, 2007

    i really love your music thank you

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