The Musical Conversation

Finally broke down and picked up some voice recognition software today. It was that or wrist casts! I’ve been having a wonderful time corresponding with all the music lovers that have become part of pandora. And I really mean ‘part of’ pandora. We’re reading every word: bug fixes, new feature ideas, suggestions for improving the interface, and what probably stands out most – the unbelievable number of music recommendations – simply fantastic. Everything from out of print bluegrass gems to underground death metal must-haves; from great garage recordings with hastily pasted UPC stickers, to early records from legends that we didn’t even know existed. If this continues, the Music Genome Project will in no time become the world’s greatest record collection.
Perhaps the most gratifying part of the last month has been this vivid reminder, in the form of this flood of wonderfully thoughtful and personal emails, of just how much music means to everyone. Thanks to all of you for your generosity in sharing your musical passion and history with us.
Keep it comin’… (sorry in advance for the slower replies… doing our best)
Also, I want to start meeting you. I’m going to drop a note when I’m travelling to various cities and towns. Would love to sit down and talk music. Check in periodically to see when we’re doing it next. NYC is on the list this week.

Pandora

The Pandora Team http://www.pandora.com/

62 thoughts on “The Musical Conversation

  1. What an amazing experience! I have never been able to find so much music that fits my often strange tastes. I was shocked at the volume of music I was able to access.
    Also, I am really impressed by the definite match of each selected (and largely unknown) artists to the selected song/artist I requested. It’s amazing. I also really enjoy how the selections cross genres and time periods while sounding remarkably similar. Elton John and Norah Jones in the same playlist? Simon and Garfunkel with sudden modern jumps that are so slight you hardly notice? FANTASTIC!
    I have so many new “favorite” artists…people no one has heard of!
    Thanks for enlivening my music tastes again!
    If you’re ever in Virginia, give a yell…I’d love to meet the creators of this project!
    Thanks so much,
    Best wishes,
    and the very best of luck!
    ::Leah

  2. Pandora is amazing, I’m stuck in China with no access to new music and suddenlt I find all of these amazing new sounds being thrown at me, superb!
    I’d like to suggest an artist;
    Jeffrey Lewis
    Please do your best to add him to the selection, cheers!

  3. Wowzas!!!!
    This is the best site i’ve EVER been to in my entire life!!! I’m so jealous that I can’t be a millionaire with the idea of Pandora. I read about the site in Time magazine and checked it out. Great great job to everyone who is involved. I’m getting my music fix all day! Oh just one mention…I don’t have a Zip code since i’m canadian and there is no other option for registering, so all I can say is its a good thing I remember the show Beverly Hills 90210.

  4. Hi Tim
    This is one of the most exciting sites on the internet.
    Ever since I first heard about Pandora it’s completely changed the way I listen to music and totally expanded my musical horizons.
    Great idea, really well thought out and exceptionally well implemented.
    Keep up the good work.
    Cheers
    Steve

  5. Pandora is a panacea for my musical woes, and a virus for the rest of my life. Seriously, there have been nights where my eyelids droop and sleep threatens to hold me hostage at gunpoint, and I still cannot stop listening. I can’t stop listening because finding new music that I like on my own has suddenly gone from a tedious (and possibly expensive) chore to a nirvana-esque ease.
    Becoming addicted to a song/band is nothing new for me. Becoming addicted to the medium through which the music is presented . . . definitely novel. I’ve been spreading the news of this discovery to my friends with the haste and enthusiasm of Columbus when he discovered America (thankfully, with a lot less violence). I can’t wait until you guys figure out a way for me to take this with me when I leave the house. Hell, don’t be surprised when I send you guys a job application when I’m done with college.
    Keep up the good work. And as far as my two cents: everytime an artist plays that I’ve never heard of (which is very, very often), I like to find out more about them, and I find that allmusic.com is a great way to learn about artists and their releases. I think it’d be really cool to be able to click on the song playing and have an option to go right to allmusic’s review of the album.

  6. Thank you for a great service, it’s amazing.
    Just two things, one artist recommendation: the swedish artist Sophie Zelmani, fastastic songs. Sometimes described as the swedish Norah Jones (although in my taste much better).
    And then just like someone else mentioned above I would love it if the lyrics were taken more into consideration. Examples of artists that I love particularly because of the great combination of fantastic music and lyrics out of the ordinary, Paul Simon, Weakerthans and Belle & Sebastian. When I listen to the channels created from these artist it seems like this aspect has been missed. Although I understand that it might be hard to do anything about it.
    Forever grateful for this great service.

  7. This is really exciting- I’ve found several heretofore unknown artists that I really like. However, the program doesn’t seem to be selecting for female vocals (or even for a specific vocal range or tone).
    It would be nice if users could rank specific musical characteristics according to importance/appropriateness for the station. For example, it would be neat to see a station where “prominent slide guitar” was the most significant characteristic.

  8. Hey, will you please start selling Pandora T-shirts (and not just in men’s sizes, either!) so I can spread the Pandora love?

  9. I think it would be cool if you added an option to look at artist or album information from allmusic.com as a selection when you click on the album cover.

  10. Amazing!
    I did some reading before jumping in and I was concerned about your Hip Hop collection. Too many stations mislable their ‘rap’ collections. I was genuinely surprized that after a few thumbs down choices I’m able to listen to a steady stream of pure Hip Hop joints without the commercialized nonsence that wrecks the industry. Even crossover artists are getting only the tracks I enjoy played, and to top it off I’m hearing alot of artists that were unknown to me.
    I noticed a response or two that mention lyrics getting more consideration. I can’t help but feel that they are, given the tracks that are getting play time, but the ‘why is this track playing’ doesn’t seem to incorporate that as heavily as musical characteristics. From a ‘back packer’s’ point of veiw, an artists vocabulary and structure is much more important than the medium they are using.
    Past all that, this is the best service I’ve found on the net. I’m excited for your emminent success. Good job!

  11. Pandora used to work on my desktop, but now it doesn’t. I find that if I hold down CTRL and ALT keys, it plays. It worked before so I must have done something to inhibit it. It works fine on my laptop, and used to work fine on my desktop. Any suggestions as to how I can regain use of Pandora again, without holding CTRL and ALT keys, which is a real pain!
    Thanks

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