Review: Pandora Radio

Recently, friend Amenditman from Scot’s Newsletter Forums – Bruno’s All Things Linux turned me on to a really cool Internet radio site called Pandora Radio.

I have been jammin’ pretty good since setting up my account the other day. This site uses suggestive software and technology to anticipate your next track choice based on parameters you set up. So far for me, it’s been right on the money. I’m listening to my “Hard Rock Radio” station right now as I type this. Stevie Ray Vaughn is twisting the hell out of the strings on his old Fender Strat as he plays Hendrix’ Voodoo Child. Awesome shit, man!

Pandora is free. Go on over there and sign yourself up an account and start jammin’

Rock on!

~Eric

Image credits:

Rockin’ smiley courtesy of http://www.vvdrienerlo.nl/allsmileys.php


13 Comments on “Review: Pandora Radio”

  1. comhack says:

    Not quite:

    “Registering for Pandora will provide you with a free, advertising-supported Pandora account.
    You are never required to pay anything to use Pandora.

    However, free Pandora accounts will only play 40 hours of music for free per month.”

    Reference: http://blog.pandora.com/faq/contents/15.html

  2. comhack says:

    Oh I did not know that, very cool.

  3. ichase says:

    Learned about Pandora a couple of years ago from my wife. Another good one right up your ally (because of the name) is Slacker Radio. http://slacker.com

  4. abarbarian says:

    Dear Pandora Visitor,

    We are deeply, deeply sorry to say that due to licensing constraints, we can no longer allow access to Pandora for listeners located outside of the U.S. We will continue to work diligently to realize the vision of a truly global Pandora, but for the time being we are required to restrict its use. We are very sad to have to do this, but there is no other alternative.

    I’m surprised that they even let us non americans look at the site. ;-)

  5. comhack says:

    Check this out Eric, it is a command-line Pandora client for Archlinux:
    https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=23233

    You need to sign up for a login (free account) to access it. Here is a snippet of what it looks like in the terminal:
    ╔═ comhack@Cerberus 12:20 AM
    ╚═══ ~-> pianobar
    Welcome to pianobar (2011.04.27-dev)! Press ? for a list of commands.
    [?] Username: username@email.com
    [?] Password:
    (i) Login... Ok.
    (i) Get stations... Ok.
    0) Breaking Benjamin Radio
    1) Hard Rock Radio
    2) Hatebreed Radio
    3) Led Zeppelin Radio
    4) Rock Hits Radio
    5) Q securitybreach3's QuickMix
    6) q Seether Radio
    7) Stevie Ray Vaughan Radio
    [?] Select station: 3
    |> Station "Led Zeppelin Radio" (469237512413450934)
    (i) Receiving new playlist... Ok.
    |> "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by "The Beatles" on "The Beatles (The White Album)"
    |> "War Pigs/ Luke's Wall" by "Black Sabbath" on "Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)"
    |> "Fat Bottomed Girls (1991 Bonus Remix By Brian Malouf)" by "Queen" on "Jazz"
    |> "The Great Gig In The Sky" by "Pink Floyd" on "The Dark Side Of The Moon"
    (i) Receiving new playlist... Ok.
    |> "Layla (Unplugged Live)" by "Eric Clapton" on "Unplugged (Live)"
    |> "Stuck In The Middle With You" by "Stealers Wheel" on "The Best Of Stealers Wheel"
    # -00:28/03:25

    • Now that’s just geeky. ;)

      • comhack says:

        Nah, you think? ROFL

        But it does save you from having to leave a a tab open. I connect using one of my GnuScreen sessions so I can completely restart X and never lose the playback. It works pretty well for me.

      • That is pretty neat. I will probably try it, too. You know me. ;)

        Oh and about keeping the tab open… that’s no biggie in FF. I right click on the tab and choose “Pin as App Tab”. It shrinks the tab to just about the size of its favicon (1/4″ square) and shoves it over to the far left out of the way (click for screenshot). It also locks it to prevent other browser operations from stealing it. Pretty cool! :)

        I’m listening to 80s “hair band” music now… Bon Jovi, Poison, Stryper, Skid Row, etc. Ah… the memories. ;)

      • comhack says:

        Very cool, I never used the pin tab option before.

  6. comhack says:

    You can hit the ? key to get a list of the shortcuts:
    ?
    + love song
    - ban song
    a add music to station
    c create new station
    d delete station
    e explain why this song is played
    g add genre station
    h song history
    i print information about song/station
    j add shared station
    m move song to different station
    n next song
    p pause/continue
    q quit
    r rename station
    s change station
    t tired (ban song for 1 month)
    u upcoming songs
    x select quickmix stations
    b bookmark song/artist
    ( decrease volume
    ) increase volume
    = delete seeds/feedback

    Pretty easy, huh?


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