Pandora radio

8/15/2012 5:46:59 PM

Pandora Internet Radio didn’t start out as an application. In fact it has been a very successful web-project since its creation black in 2000. Codenamed the Music Genome Project, Pandora promised to be a different kind of ‘radio.’ It succeeded by offering users the ability to ‘craft’ their own specialized radio station, filled with all of the songs and genres that they adored. Pandora has achieved this goal through a fairly simplistic system.

Description: Pandora radio for Ipod

Pandora radio for Ipod

Songs are added, categorized, and organized according to specific values that developers have added to the database. The ‘customization system’ is based on whether the user likes or dislikes a specific track. Once the track is playing, individuals can click a ‘thumbs up’ or ‘thump down.’ These simple buttons act as the catalyst that really drives the customization of a given station. If a song is given the thumbs up, then it will be played on that station again and Pandora will scrounge around its databases in order to find songs that share similar traits. These traits can be anything from a specific tone, genre, or artist. If a song is given the thumbs down, then Pandora will no longer include that song on that station and will begin to weed out songs that share similar attributes. Because of this, the longer an individual listens to a station and gives songs a rating, the more ‘customized’ the station becomes. Its not all about liking and disliking though. You are free to ‘skip’ songs if you don’t feel like rating them.

Description: Pandora Radio for iOS

Pandora Radio for iOS

You can have as many stations as you want and each newly created station can be renamed and further customized. You can even see lists of the songs you ’liked’ and links to where you can purchase them. There is even a nifty little ‘add variety button’ that can be clicked on any station. This will allow you to mix and mesh genres, artists, and overall sounds. For example, what if you’re a fan of both country and rock and roll. By first starting a country station and then adding rock-and-roll as a variety, you can begin building a hybrid group. The possibilities are endless here, as you can create as much variety per station as you want.

The best part is, Pandora is one-hundred percent free, although there is a ‘paid version.’ that will cost you around $36 per year. The free version will require that you listen to ad’s (some can be skipped) in order to enjoy all of your music. Also, you can only skip a certain number or songs with the free version. The paid version will get rid of these ad’s and will allow you to skip as many snog as you like. You can try an upgraded trial of Pandora for 24-hours before you purchase it to give you an idea of the perks.

Description: The Pandora Radio Apps

The Pandora Radio Apps

It isn’t just a web-platform anymore either. Developers have brought an official (and free0 application to Apples iOS store. The app functions pretty much the same, giving you all the freedoms of the web-platform in a much more streamlined design. The neat part about the application is that its designed to run in the background, meaning that you can surf the web on your phone, or play around in other applications, all while continuing to hear your custom radio stations.

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