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This Smart Trick Keeps Your Pandora Stations Fresh

Ben Stegner 06-02-2017

Pandora pioneered the internet radio to what it’s become today, and it still offers a great experience Which Internet Radio Sites Have the Best User Experience in the Browser? Exploring the web players for various Internet radio services to see which ones offer the best experience in the browser. What good is a great radio selection if the player is frustrating to use? Read More for users. With apps on nearly every device, easy radio stations for every moment, and tons of music, it’s tough to dislike the service.


However, one area many users complain about is music repetition. It seems that once Pandora starts figuring out what you really like, it might play a few artists in excess. This is particularly a pain if you’re using Pandora to discover new music 7+ Easy Ways to Discover New Music You Will Love The depth and breadth of music to be discovered these days is mind-boggling. The problem is knowing where to look. We're here to help with an incredible list of resources just for you. Read More .

Reddit user neccoguy21 discovered an interesting tip that keeps Pandora’s music fresh. You should only ever thumbs-down a song; never use the thumbs-up option. By doing this, you tell Pandora what you don’t like, so it keeps trying to find something you will like. This brings more variety to your stations and should prevent the radio from playing the same dozen songs constantly.

If you accidentally give something the wrong rating, it’s easy to reverse. For accidents that occurred during your current session, just navigate back to the song in question and tap the thumbs-down icon to remove it. Should you change your mind about a rating days later, head to your station list, view its details, and click the X icon next to any track to remove its rating.

Remember that thumbs only affect one station at a time, so you won’t ban a song forever if you thumbs-down it on one station. If a station gets stale, you can click Add Variety under the station name to add something fresh to it.


When Pandora just isn’t playing what you want, consider Spotify, Apple Music, or Google Play Music Spotify vs. Apple Music vs. Google Play Music: Which Is Best? Here's our comparison of music streaming services Spotify vs. Apple Music vs. Google Play Music on price, quality, and catalog. Read More to make yourself the DJ.

Did you know about this trick for rating Pandora songs? Tell us your tricks for keeping stations fresh down in the comments!

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  1. LC
    February 4, 2018 at 9:42 am

    This would negate the Thumbprint Radio feature, which is something I really like. I DID learn to never 'like' a standup comedy, because who wants standup comedy thrown into the mix when you're listening to MúSIç! Repetition of old stale songs truly is the downside of Pandora. While right now I'm on the fence about whether it' has become one-too-many subscriptions, I have stations going back to 2010 on it with some of my favorite stuff. Quitting Pandora would be like having to say goodbye to my old record collection, which did happen in my past and it broke my heart. Pandora Plus offers the comfort of ad-free listening for such a low price, while premium would give me more offline music choices.

    Pandora does have something something special about it, the longer you have it, the harder it is to say goodbye.