Another great product of web2.0 era is Pandora, an incredibly cool service with awesome user interface. Pandora let users listen to their favourite songs and discover similar genre songs.
How it works?
It is very simple, all you need to do is to create so called radio stations. To create a radio station following guidelines provided on pandora.com. Interface is very nice and straightforward I doubt you will experience any trouble doing it. Start with entering your favourite song, artist or album.
If something is not clear for pandora (i.e. the album name you entered corresponds to more then 1 artist), it will provide you with choices where you would have to select one. Once done, pandora will create a radio station. This rado station will play similar tunes to what you have searched and along the way play what you have searched as well.
For example; if you have used ‘Bob Marley’ to create a radiostation then pandora will create a radiostation named Bob Marley and play Bob Marley’s and some similar in style reggae songs.
This is very nice way to listen to music because you actually discover many more artists and songs similar in genre to what you like.
Users can create multiple radiostations and easily change from one station to another using Pandora’s web based online player. Since your account is accessible online you can use pandora from several locations other then your home. It will be neccessary to register though in order to be able to access your radiostations from multiple locations. But no worries, registration is fast and free.
Some features that are available for each radiostation:
- Delete radiostation
- Email station to friend: You can easily let your friends listen to your radiostations by emailing them
- Rename station: Change the name to whatever you want
- Add more music to the station: You can add more music to radio station. If your newly added music from different genre then your radiostation will play music from both genres.
- Edit station: Each radiostation can be edited. You can view list of songs you have marked as ‘I like it’ and ones you have as ‘I don;t like it.’. You can edit this lists according to your preferece, because these list have an impact on what is playing on your radiostation.
For each playing song you have 3 options that you can see displyed below:
By presssing on menu there are several nice things you can find out about the song including the places where you can immediately purchase it.
That is all for Pandora…You may also have a look at a slightly similar service called Blogmusik.