Why I use Pandora

Recently, I canceled XM Radio in my car, the sound quality was so low and the music selection was repetitive. I listen to Pandora at home and at work, it’s really great. They get the concept that the user is in charge. Here’s a few things I like about them:

  • Streaming video
  • Music the way I like it
  • Simple, smooth interface that is easy to use
  • Advanced features just one click deeper (but not cluttering the main player)
  • High quality sound
  • No ads in the play list
  • A pretty deep play list, and
  • You can customize your channels, vote for songs, and build the radio YOU want.
  • No login to sample (I believe LastFM requires this)
  • I can share my playlists
  • It’s free!

Recently, Pandora started to apply branded skins on the webpage home, this is part of their advertising model. I really respect Pandora and their sponsors.

Because Pandora respects me as a user, I respect them and their sponsors. I’m much more inclined to purchase products from their vendors such as Nike, Apple iPods, Chase Freedom, Comcast, and Palm.

My wish list is that I want the channels for my mobile consumption, in the car, on my iPod. I wish they could easily (legally) export that content to me. Next is to add more community features so I can communicate with others and find others that share my similar interests.  Also, I just took a look at StumbleUpon, this model could also be applied to Pandora, perhaps rather than having Pandora classified content.
Although I know some of the good folks over at Pandora, I’m not obligated by any way for this review, these are my personal recommendations as a consumer.

Oh, and case you’re wondering what do I listen to? Chill, Lounge, Bluenote Era Jazz, Acid Jazz, Trip Hop, Progressive House, and Salsa. I own albums such as Coltrane, Miles Davis, JJ Johnson, Bill Evans, Crystal Method, Tiesto, BT, Oakenfold, Zero 7, Thievery Corporation, Massive Attack, DJ Shadow, Tito Puente, and Pancho Sanchez.

I’ve no relationship with Pandora, this is just my personal review.

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  • Tim

    Expand your Pandora experience at…

    http://pandorastations.crispynews.com

    Thanks!

    Tim

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  • I’m not understanding the model here. Copyright issues? Who is creating these “stations”? Am i just being thick?

  • Pandora is parterened with some pretty well known media companies, one is MSN Radio

    http://www.techcrunch.com/2006/12/19/pandora-goes-social/

    It’s all legit

    Who creates these stations? You do, I do, we all do!

    And that’s the beauty. give it a try, you can vote up and down the song you like and then share with me.

  • Jeremiah

    I just started using them and, yes, I am hooked. I listen to almost exactly the same mix of music as you (used to play Jazz myself).

    Would realy be great to see them get into the mobile music arena – so much better than anything that’s out there now.

  • Craig

    I love Pandora, too, even to the extent that I use it on my cell phone all the time. The problem I’m having is that it’s too repetitive – any idea how to introduce more ‘relative randomness’? Granted, I should probably look a bit harder for a feature to do this, but as a software engineer I believe that if the feature isn’t intuitive to the user then it may as well not exist – I’m sure you understand…

    Can you share my thoughts with your friends at Pandora? As much as I evangalize their service, I’ve had two fellow workers comment on how repetitive it is.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks.

  • Mike

    Does anyone know if there is a way to stream Pandora into Second Life?
    Please email EliSchlegal@gmail.com if you do.

  • Pandora is parterened with some pretty well known media companies, one is MSN Radio

    http://www.techcrunch.com/2006/12/19/pandora-go

    It's all legit

    Who creates these stations? You do, I do, we all do!

    And that's the beauty. give it a try, you can vote up and down the song you like and then share with me.