A couple months ago, I was blogging about my exploration into the world of internet radio and streaming music. I was enthusiastically trying new services and overall just making a push to find a better way to experience music. I was weighing pros and cons of a few different services over this time, and I’m happy to emphatically proclaim that Pandora radio is by far the best service for me.
I purchased the annual subscription to the premium Pandora One service, and it is possibly the best 36 dollars that I’ve ever spent. The premium service grants several enhancements; most important are the ad-free listening, a desktop application, and higher quality audio streams. For a clean and simple to use service, it’s amazing what somebody can get from Pandora. I supremely enjoy the fact that I can queue up an endless stream of music that is specifically tailored to my tastes; all while not having to worry about creating playlists or syncing up any media devices.
Not only has Pandora simplified the way I listen to music, but it’s drastically expanded my exposure. Before Pandora, I had very specific musical tastes. I grew up listening to only a handful of what the music had to offer, and that basically trained me to keep in a “sheltered” state of music. I was overly picky and I never gave anything new a chance. I didn’t know that Killswitch Engage’s song “Holy Diver” was a cover of Dio. I didn’t know Dio sang for Black Sabbath. I didn’t know or appreciate what Jimi Hendrix could do on a guitar. I didn’t enjoy the vintage appeal of bands like Led Zeppelin or the Rolling Stones. I didn’t grasp the depth of genre that has come with the last decade or so in music.
In short: Pandora has been my higher education of music.
I’ve also noticed how the tech world is adopting Pandora on a much wider scale than I realized. I was amazed to see that my new Panasonic television has Pandora streaming capabilites. Heck, Ford is even in the works to get Pandora into their Sync platform! (which, I still give massive props to Ford) Pandora is clearly the frontrunner and defining what streaming radio can be.
Pandora is an awesome service; plain and simple. You’re doing yourself a significant injustice if you dont give it a try. It’s free, easy, and immensely powerful. I highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys music.
If anyone is interested, feel free to check out my Pandora stations. I’m proud of them and they have become finely tuned to my liking.
And for reference, here is my Pandora profile: http://www.pandora.com/people/vanberge5#
What in the world is that…
I figured lil man would have ended up vanberge5.
I’ve been trying out pandora as well. Not sure for me if it’s worth the upgrade price mostly picking a “band” station plays alot of the same bands but I have found a few new cool bands using it. The ads arn’t horrible as well especially if you have an application installed.
I might need to what you did and make a genre list rather then a single band list.
It picks your username for you based on your email address. I had no control over receiving vanberge5. 🙁
When you start a station with just one band it does get repetitive if you leave it that way. But as you thumbs up/thumbs down songs it gets better. You can also “Add Variety” and make it so more bands/songs are the “seeders” for the station.
For me the upgrade was pretty much a necessity because the free account only gives you 40 hours streaming per month. I was going to run out.
For example, my “Metal” station has the following Bands as “seeders”
All that remains, bullet for my valentine, in flames, killswitch engage, mutiny within, shadows fall.
With those seeders I get a pretty good mix of death/thrash metal, metalcore.
So you do have to spend some time and give your stations some TLC; but Pandora makes it pretty easy to do that.