Pandora

Pandora

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 18 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    Not available
  • Total Downloads:
    10,213
  • Date Added:
    July 19, 2007
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2
  • Operating Systems:
    Webware

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Pandora is a music discovery and recommendation service that creates custom stations based on artists or individual songs. The service is powered by the Music Genome Project, a taxonomy of musical information by a team of musicians an audio analysts who have gone through a massive database of songs and categorized them based on more than 400 characteristics (among them harmony, instrumentation, and rhythm). Once you input a song, Pandora spits back a continuously-running playlist of music with similar characteristics.

Pandora is an extremely simple and easy-to-use site that requires very little information from you to sign up. The service consists of a centrally located jukebox that contains a list of previously-created stations on the left-hand side for easy access. Or you can click the Create a New Station button on the top to input a new song or artist. During playback, you have a variety of options. You can pause playback and skip tracks, as well as click thumbs up or thumbs down for the songs you do or don't like, respectively. There's also a menu button for each track that lets you move it to another station, find out why it was selected, bookmark it, or buy it from iTunes or Amazon MP3. With enough use, it can effectively introduce you to all sorts of new music, and users can really tailor radio stations based on personal tastes.

The service makes its money from advertisements that are inserted every few songs, similar to terrestrial radio stations. As with all free Internet radio services, you are subjected to skip limits during playback. However, there's a subscription option that removes the skip limits and ads, and lets users relisten to songs from the playlists. In addition the Web, Pandora is available on a variety of mobile devices, such as the iPhone, as well as home network music players, such as the Sonos. All in all, Pandora is great way to discover new tunes or just pass the time with some background music, whether you stick to the Web version, take it on the go on your phone, or pump it out to some speakers.

 
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User Reviews
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  • 5 stars

    "Awesome....."

    December 17, 2011   |   By Big_Strapper

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    Pros

    Selections Offered

    Cons

    There is a limit on the amount of times you skip music

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  • 2 stars

    "Too Restricted Country wise"

    December 14, 2010   |   By jpslimecakes

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    I have seen this working and I must admit it is very good

    Cons

    Not open to Uk

    Summary

    Open this to uk and I will be using this

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  • 5 stars

    "I LOVE this service!"

    November 17, 2010   |   By comatronic

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    I can specify my own stations AND can use it on my droid phone!

    Cons

    Can think of none at the moment.... except the negligible inconvenience of limited # of chan skips.

    Summary

    I love this service and have it on my droid phone, laptop and desktop. I am workin on a way to get it on my WiFi enabled HD Plasma.

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  • 5 stars

    "It has all of my favorites, easy to use"

    April 25, 2010   |   By guerres

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    I've have all my old lp's on Pandora, playing through my home entertainment system

    Cons

    ---none---

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  • 5 stars

    "I love Pandora. Even went for the paid version"

    December 17, 2009   |   By lavonalo

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    ability to change stations instanteously

    Cons

    Can't repeat a song, must change songs (and artists) as designed

    Summary

    very easy to listen to as one goes about daily life

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  • 5 stars

    "Kudos for Pandora"

    December 09, 2009   |   By carlib965

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Muti channel internet radio
    does what it says it can do
    great variety options

    Cons

    cannot think of any

    Summary

    Kudos to the folks who created Pandora. I cannot live without it. Smart radio stations that you create yourself. The program seems to learn the more that you use it. Great job!

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  • 5 stars

    "My favorite place to go for music!"

    November 11, 2009   |   By gamemaster406

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    FREE!
    Choose the kind of music you want by Genre, band, plus it takes related songs for the band you chose that go good with it!

    Cons

    None at all

    Summary

    Awesome, I like this better than my iPod because now I can listen to music on my computer speakers while doing work, all for free.

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  • 5 stars

    "Absolutely GREAT!"

    October 06, 2008   |   By dave421sol

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Good layout & variety. Easy to use. OpenPandora makes it even better by not requiring you to have a browser open all the time. Easier to use than LastFM imo. Plus, I've found more new artists/songs on here than anywhere else.

    Cons

    You can "Thumbs down" yourself into oblivion and end up with just a few songs repeated over and over on some stations if you don't add content.

    Summary

    I've started using this both at work and at home. I wish someone would get a good Linux prog going to use it at home like OpenPandora that I use at work on my Windows machine. I'm usually listening to one of my stations 12+ hours a day. Now if the greedy record labels will lay off, maybe there's hope for more groups like this. I've bought more CDs as a result of hearing new music on Pandora than I have in the past 2 years

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  • 5 stars

    "Best Music Online"

    September 28, 2008   |   By briany123

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Great Songs, multiple playlists, endless stations.

    Cons

    Zlitch - - -

    Summary

    Great, Best, Top Shelf.

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  • 1 stars

    "Only available in the US"

    September 26, 2008   |   By trollslayer3

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Sounds like it might be good

    Cons

    I don't want to move to the US to try it

    Summary

    The CNet review made this sound like the best thing since sliced bread and maybe it is. Unfortunately someone at Cnet forgot that there is a life outside of the US and therefore didn't mention that this app is only available in the US. Not much use to anyone in the UK, Europe or the rest of the world. Would have been nice if this was made clear in the Download Dispatch

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    Publisher Pandora Media
    Publisher web site http://www.pandora.com
    Release Date July 19, 2007
    Date Added July 19, 2007
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    Category MP3 & Audio Software
    Subcategory Music Management Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Webware
    Additional Requirements Adobe Flash Player 9
    Download Information
    File Size Not Available
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    Popularity
    Total Downloads 10,213
    Downloads Last Week 2
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free
     
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