Pandora for Everyone

After a 5 week preview release, Pandora is now open to the public. We’d like to thank the thousands of people that helped us during the preview; we took all of your feedback to heart and were able to rev. the service based on your feedback. In particular the launch release includes several new features you told us you wanted:

  • Complete station history – scroll back and see all the songs played on your stations
  • Rate and buy any song – even after they finish playing
  • Quick access to song feedback (“I like this”, “I don’t like this”) from the song popup menu
  • Simplified “Guide Us” panel
  • An improved audio library
  • Enhanced station sharing features
  • A simple URL interface for creating stations from your blogs and websites (more on this later!)

There’s much more still to come — you’ve given us enough ideas to fill 10 releases!
The most gratifying thing about the past month for all of us at Pandora has been the opportunity to interact with all of you. We want to have the same kind of relationship with all of our listeners. Please don’t hesitate to send us an email ( with your thoughts, feedback, ideas, and comments. We’re still listening!


The Pandora Team

73 thoughts on “Pandora for Everyone

  1. In addition to classical and Latin music, I’d like to throw in a vote for a catalog of Jpop.
    totally awesome so far

  2. I just discovered this project..shame on me…
    I is really a discovery, I tried to enter some artists I liked and discovered many more I didn’t even know and that fit my musical taste.
    Thx for opening me to new musical horizon..
    A new subscriber.

  3. First off, great job guys! Having been a Savage Beast follower since early on, I have been waiting for this service for a few years. I am suitably impressed. From a Liz Phair station, Pandora played a couple of my favorite songs by Smash Mouth and the Clash — very cool predictions! Never would have picked up on the percussion similarity between Magic Bus by the Who and the songs from the Feelies.
    Couple of additional suggestions:
    1) I would like to echo sonium’s request of being able to tag/bookmark a song for later purchase or exploration.
    2) How about an option to have listeners suggest artists/songs/albums to add to the MGP? That could be a pretty powerful demand-side pitch. I am sure that you are tracking user listening habits, patterns, feedback etc., so you could even prioritize the attention that you pay to addition suggestions from listeners (to avoid potential robotic listening & request spamming).
    Keep up the good work. Look forward to seeing later revs of the player incorporating the great suggestions from this blog.

  4. ok. I am hooked. Can. Amon Duul II. It is hard to stump that little Genome brain. If we do stump it – like the band Dark Water Transit ( – how can we suggest it to the Genome? Also, is there a way to go back and hear a previously played song? forgive me if this option is obvious, but I am just starting out. I have found so many new bands already. Bitches Brew is my favorite station.
    take my money. you guys have earned it. excellent work guys!

  5. You guys ROCK. I have been using MusicMatch for years and this is a MUCH better solution. You don’t make me listen to music I don’t like and the variety is much better. You also allow me to pause songs and continue listen later.
    One suggestion: If I say I like Maroon 5, that doesn’t mean I want to listen to them 10 times a day. Maybe let me determine “how much” I like them from 1 to 10 or determine if I want to really listen to them or just get similar artists. The problem is that I liked Maroon 5 two years ago, but got tired of them, but I’d like to listen to similar music or if they have new CD.
    Also, It would be very useful to be able to access the list of artist I’ve added and remove/edit them and determine “how much” I like them.
    I hope that makes sense!
    Keep it up, I am a fan.

  6. This is such an amazing service. I love what you’ve done and the music selections Pandora is providing me with are so RIGHT on. Thank you for all of your hard work!
    Best, Wendy Maynard

  7. Great service, just awesome. One feature I would like to see is the ability to fast forward in the songs that are played (not just skip to the next song).

  8. Just heard about this through a German website and immediately came to investigate. Sound quality particularly grabbed and impressed me. This is the first thing that I have discovered and immediately know I will pay for it. Without question a good thing.

  9. Pandora – Week Whatever
    Much to my surprise, considering my milli-second attention span, I’m still actively enjoying Pandora. Perhaps it’s because she likes to drop little surprises my way. Yesterday my “FunkyTown” station started playing late 50’s / Early 60’s Beach-Boys / Jan & Dean / “Hot-Rod-Lincoln” heavy-guitar stuff, which is a lot of fun to hear, and included a version of Hava Nagila! WOW!
    Today it was Boomtown Rats, Boyz II Men, and Bobby Darin.
    One thing you can count on with Pandora: Consistent Change that’s Within Reason and Outside Your Expectations.
    Fun thing to do:
    Make a station of a favorite artist and listen for a while.
    Make a station of ONE of that artist’s songs and listen for a while.
    Make a station of a DIFFERENT song from that artist and listen for a while.
    The similarities and differences can be very eye-opening.
    Good Job, Keep up the good work, Pats on the back and Attaboys all around.

  10. Ok, this is just a great way to find new artist and music alike, my respect, I myself are in the works of a big music site, maybe we could do some bizz at a later time, but once again Im impressed and thats not a easy task.

  11. Ohh I got a real “no match” for you, I like the Beastie Boys Intergalactic, I made a station with that song and jesus I got a lot of bad songs, so I think I got a though one for you there.

  12. Although it’s a while Pandora has been launched, I’d like to add my grain of salt and some suggestions for additions to the service.
    * RSS feed of the Playlists of the radio stations
    Sometimes, you listen to this beautiful music and at the end, forget to check what artist you listened to. Therefore, some kind of persistent “history” would be great. For example, the last 100 songs played in a specific station. And why not include the links to the iTMS and Amazon?
    * An option to simply copy the name & artist (occ. album) of the curent song to the clipboard.
    Other than that, it’s just a great service! I wouldn’t missit.

  13. I figure it goes here, seeing as there’s not a blog entry about the free version yet:
    I love you guys. Seriously.

  14. Not to complain because I love what you are doing, but I’d like to hear songs and artists such as Mabel Mercer and Ernestine Anderson that apparently you do not hqve available. How can that happen?

  15. Nice app, I like!
    I would be nice to be able to see the “music gene” weightings of the station and the current song and maybe be able to edit them directly for the station…?
    Good work.

  16. I just found yor genome project and would have to say it kicks total ass. I will be a dedicated listener for years to come. As you already know its hard to find our music on the radio ,so this is great. Keep up the metal,and rock on. Your voice is being heard loud and very “— —” clear.

  17. Can you suply songs recorded by the BRITISH singer “Marion Williams”, She at one time in the 50s sang with OSCAR RABIN Orchestra, she was a terrific ballad & jass singer.
    Thank You Cliff

  18. Was just looking back over the archives and I have to say what a difference a year makes! Keep doing the good work guys ;)