Pandora 2.1: RSS Feeds (Beta)

Tonight we’re launching a new set of RSS feeds powered by Pandora’s listenership – that’s you! With these feeds you’ll be able to keep up to date on your friends’ stations and favorite songs from any RSS aggregator. You’ll also be able to watch as the Pandora community’s favorite songs, artists, and stations ebb and flow.
To quickly get started playing with our feeds, you can visit where you’ll find some simple tools for generating Pandora feed URL’s. At this point we’re providing 5 distinct feed categories:
– A listener-specific feed of favorite songs: keep track of the songs your friends are discovering
– A listener-specific feed of stations: keep a running list of your friends Pandora stations
– A Pandora-wide feed of the top-rated songs playing on Pandora*
– A Pandora-wide feed of the top-rated artists playing on Pandora*
– A Pandora-wide feed of the most-shared stations playing on Pandora*
For each of these feeds, you can control the number of items you want to receive, as well as the time period you’re interested in. For example, maybe you want to get back the top-10 best-rated artists playing on Pandora over the course of the last week. Visit the feed generator page for the all the details.
Once you’ve created a feed URL it’s a simple matter of subscribing in your favorite aggregator (for example, My.Yahoo!, Bloglines, NetNewsWire, etc.). Your friends can subscribe to your feed of favorites and then they’ll be notified each time you discover a great new song. For a really neat trick, add your Pandora favorites feed to the Mac OS X “RSS Visualizer” screensaver for a cool animated show of everything you’re finding on pandora.
About the Beta: In addition to setting these feeds up so that they’ll render nicely in your aggregator (with album art and so forth — including CSS classes so you can customize till your heart’s content), we’re also using RSS 2.0 with namespaces to include a fair bit of metadata about the items as well. So if you want to know the Album or Artist name, it’s in there and expressed in the “mm” namespace; if you want the iTunes or Amazon purchase URL’s they’re in there too in their respective namespaces. To cover the cases where no existing namespace would do, we’ve created a pandora namespace for additional information. For example, a URL that you can use to create a Pandora station from a song is delivered in the Pandora namespace.
Our use of existing namespaces is one area where I’m particularly interested in feedback during the beta period. Drop a note to with “RSS Beta” in the subject line if you’d like to share your perspectives and feedback with us. I’m looking forward to talking with you about it. You are also invited to leave your comments here on the blog and we can have a conversation out in the open; that’s always fine with us.
I’m really excited about this new dimension of Pandora; we’ll certainly be adding more feeds over time (for example, a feed that captures all of your thumbs up/down feedback would surely be a great thing). It will be fun to see what the community does with all this.
* Known Issue: The top song, artist, and shared station feeds are being calculated from data that we’re collecting starting today and they’re updated on a daily basis. Expect that it will take 24 hours or so for these feeds to populate with items.


The Pandora Team

27 thoughts on “Pandora 2.1: RSS Feeds (Beta)

  1. Agreed! “What I’m currently listening to” would be nice.
    Overall I’m VERY pleased at how Pandora has evolved over the last few months; I can’t see why I won’t be renewing my subscription when the time comes.

  2. “You’ll also be able to watch as the Pandora community’s favorite songs, artists, and stations ebb and flow.”
    # Ebb :
    # A period of decline or diminution: �Insistence upon rules of conduct marks the ebb of religious fervor� (Alfred North Whitehead).
    Tom: i don’t think you meant ebb! but we all know it was because you were listening to the great san francisco band, “the ebb and flow.”

  3. Hey! It was late when I wrote this. Give me a break! Plus it seems to me that we’ll surely see particular bands and songs “ebb” (yes, diminish over time) as we watch the feeds. Favorites come and they go.

  4. I’d like to add a third voice to those asking for a “what I’m currently listening to” feed. I can think of any number of other places I’d like to use that. And then you could have the “Current song” feed revert to a ‘favorites page’ link when the member isn’t listening.

  5. Yeah I love To listen Just wish I could listen to it at my house, but I can’t because I cannot hear it. So I listen to it ever time I work on something at school.

  6. you guys are doing wonderful things with Pandora, and the feeds are working proof. You have already jumped the perverbial wall that others are stuck behind when it comes to media players. I personally listen to Pandora over my Launch! subscription.

  7. This thing is spreading like wildfire. I go to school in Ohio and everyone I’ve showed uses this over their own personal music collections. I haven’t listened to my Winamp collection in months. I know this is all relatively new but has there been any progress in making this a widget?

  8. Guys: great job!
    I love it.
    Suggestion: why not make a kind of XML feed for each station we create so wec put it inside itunes as a radio station?

  9. What a great experience this is! On my blog you can find a movie called: loose change second edition. You can directly see it; I wonder if it’s possible to share my musical prefs directly with the people that read it?

  10. Hi…
    Another vote for ‘what I’m currently listening to’. I think it would be really great if it displayed the current station and then listed the current song playing or perhaps even a list of last 10 songs played….
    I hope this feed becomes available soon. :)
    Also, top 10 most played songs might be a nice option…
    I am a new user and really like pandora alot and am (really) considering subscribing to the full service, but I would definitely want to have the option of what I am listening to…
    Anyhow, overall I really like pandora and I appreciate the work that everyone has put into it. Thanks & kudos to everyone involved.

  11. an album art url tag would be great, at the moment, i’m having to parse the content for it. I’m working on some very nice site widgets, i’ll submit them when i have them nice. What i’m currently listening to would be very useful. As would a prieview button enclosed in the nasty table content. Might temp me to use it lol.

  12. Here’s another vote for the “what’s I’m currently listening to” XML feed.
    I want to mash it with Yahoo Pipes! to build some enhanced Pandora peripheral apps.

  13. When are you going to add a feed for what i’m currently listening to. This is long overdue.

  14. I was stoked to find out Pandora offered some feeds, but….
    You don’t understand how long and hard I looked for a ‘What I’m currently listening to’ feed.
    Any plans for this?

  15. “What song I’m currently listening to” or at least “What station I’m currently listening to” that contains ONLY the station I’m on would be fantastic. How come these aren’t available? No significantly new feeds developed in the past two years? Tom Conrad, please give us an update. Thanks! (:

  16. WTF? FIVE YEARS have gone by since other people asked for a ‘track im currently playing’ feed and there isnt even a REPLY from someone at pandora about it?

  17. Loving Pandora Radio so far but I agree it would be nice to have a currently listening to for MSN. I use my MSN for work and what I’m listening to would be seen by a lot of people. In my honest opinion MSN could draw a lot more people to Pandora Radio. Thanks for listening.