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Pandora Rocks - Personalized Streaming Audio

Built on the foundation of the Music Genome Project (a 6 year collaborative music analysis endeavor), Pandora emerges on the Web 2.0 scene, providing a personalized streaming audio experience for music lovers everywhere.
Published: Feb 22, 2006
Author: Stacy Reed

Built on the foundation of the Music Genome Project (a 6 year collaborative music analysis endeavor), Pandora emerges on the Web 2.0 scene, providing a personalized streaming audio experience for music lovers everywhere.

Here's how it works: Pandora asks you for one of your favorite artists or songs. Then they create a streaming audio station that plays songs by that artist as well as those that are related by style, vocal harmony, or other similarities. This gives each listener a unique experience every time they tune in and introduces them to new artists they might not have heard before.

You can create as many stations as you wish and refine them to your own likes and interests. The more information Pandora receives from you, the listener, the better their service becomes at choosing what you want to hear. Pandora can save a list of your favorite songs so you can go back to them later. Clicking on a song in the playlist brings up a menu that lets you buy the MP3 from iTunes or buy the album from Amazon which is a cool intuitive feature. Once you've created a station, you can share it by sending it to others via email right from the interface. You can even search for shared stations created by others in the community just to jazz things up a little.

Pandora is free but displays unobtrusive ads until you subscribe. A subscription costs $36 for 1 year (that's $3 a month) or $12 for 3 months (which is $4 a month). That's a great deal! The more I use Pandora, the more my heart swells with admiration. Give it a chance, I think you'll dig it too.


About Stacy Reed

Stacy Reed is Tucows' resident software librarian and editor. She has been reviewing PC and mobile software as well as web services for over a decade. Helping developers improve and promote their products is only one of her areas of expertise. Stacy is also an advocate for Open Source, Creative Commons and freeware, taking special interest in educational resources, social media, cloud sharing, and mobile technology.

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