It’s the little, itty-bitty things

When we rolled out Pandora 2.1 a couple of weeks ago we talked about our efforts to polish up the “little things” in the user interface. Tonight we rolled out one additional tiny little improvement that we hope you’ll like.
Starting tonight each time you hear a song you’ll be able to click on the song title (in the song “slide,” above the album art) which will take you to a page devoted to just that song. You’ll then be able to listen to a sample of the song, see what album it’s from (lots of you have asked specifically for that) and send the URL on to your friends that might like the song. Ok, so it’s a very small thing, but we hope you like it. More to come. Stay tuned!

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72 thoughts on “It’s the little, itty-bitty things

  1. Hello! I’m a devoted Pandora user, I must say it’s a wonderful tool and a great iniciative…
    I would like to propose, though, that you add latin singers to it (other than shakira.. for example, I didn’t find any chilean artists..), and also classical music.
    I told about Pandora to my dad, and he found some real nice stuff, but no classical. He tried for Mozart with no luck!
    Hehe, just a suggestion of course ^^
    Thanks for all this, really, it’s a great project…

  2. I love this tool. I have discovered so many artists that I enjoy but never would have found otherwise. One comment, I cannot find any Ethiopian jazz. Any tips on that one?

  3. I have found so many artists that just rock my socks, and rediscovered some old ones I have forgotten about too…
    I have had two small ideas… A desktop download that works the same way would be nice… also perhaps a list of the songs that are already in the database, because the search function is rather simple minded, and that way people can see for sure if you have the song or not… just something that was floating around my head…

  4. New “not so small thing” request from a brand new user…
    How about an interface that allowes me to build and edit my stations quickly and easily…
    A form to add multiple artists and to be able to go back and edit that list would be GREAT.

  5. Hi,
    great thing MUSIC GENOME PROJECT !
    Good sound quality, great music choices.
    Missing report about which RADIO are created, genere, and recents.
    When i’ll see them?
    Smile :-)

  6. it would be great to be able somehow to view the album art larger or even better to be able to see liner notes

  7. I love it. A real enrichment.
    I am however slightly irritated by the following two things:
    1. Now and then, songs’ endings get cut off too early.
    2. Too many repetitions – ok your choice of salsa, merengue, bachatta, regaton and the like is somewhat limited for a start, that is o.k. – but why don’t you play other songs from the same album instead of only a single song over and over.
    Here is my crazy idea for an even better version: add a “genre” function – however it is tedious to add this classification centrally – instead you could let the users add their genre classification in good wiky fashion.

  8. Hey, Great service. But there’s one problem: My preferences don’t seem to result in hearing the music I’ve requested. Instead, I get a seemingly endless stream of unfamiliar music. Now don’t get me wrong, I like hearing new music–I’ve found a few gems so far. But the balance should be more toward 75% familiar, 25% new. (Or selectable)
    Right now, some of the bands I entered are not played at all. I’ve been listening for 4 days, and not one Pink Floyd song. You’ve played only 5 or 6 Rush songs, although it was my first and main preference. Same with Dream Theater–I entered it as one of my main preferences, and have only heard 5-6 songs. Also, the algorithm doesn’t seem to be learning. Even though I’ve rejected quite a number of songs, a lot of songs with the same style I’ve rejected keep coming up.
    Another thing I suspect is that you use the age of the user to select songs from their ‘youth.’ Yeah, I’m 41, but I’m not a big fan of 80’s music. Yet it keeps coming up. This should be selectable. I’m sure you’re working on overall refinements, but it’s kind of rough right now. Also, a notation of album and release date would be good.
    In the radio station department, it would be good to be able to duplicate a station. This would allow deletion of some artists and songs to create a more focused station, while still keeping the original. Thanks again.

  9. Yes, many itty-bitty little things make for a great whole – you guys have done a wonderful job!
    How about someday, in a future release, you add another itty bitty capability of moving a song from one station to another? I have several genre stations, and sometimes you guys stray a bit – say you played a song I consider more rock on my jazz station – and I like the song but don’t want it there? Yeah, I know, it’s not about categorization. What can I say, I’m a categorizer, not a disorganizator?
    Wonderful project, great site, fab music that I’d never have been exposed to otherwise. Big smiles.

  10. One more instant fan . . . tipped to the site days ago and have not stopped using it. Like many others, I’ve stopped listening to my existing playlists. Wonderful stuff.
    The song info is very nice. A few suggestions: 1) You currently link to an artist’s’ All Music Guide entry through the song info page. Can you also make this a live link from the player?; 2) Successive AllMusic entries should open in the same window, not new windows, curtailing the proliferation of new windows; 3) Have an album link on both the player and the song info page.
    I’d also like to reiterate suggestions elsewhere asking for an easier way to add multiple artists in a row.
    Once again, the design and funtion of the player is amazing. Well-crafted, a pleasure to use and to listen to. I am happy to see the enthusiasm for and success of the service. Thanks,
    -R3

  11. Love the service. The simplicity of Pandora is great, plus it allows for the divorery of new music by serendipity. Like some of the other posters, I’d like to see more latin music as well. As for thumbs up/thumbs down, that’s cool, but I wish there was a way to give thumbs down to an artist. I find myself having to give thumbs down to a song, but two songs later, the artist I hate comes back in the queue with another song that I don’t like, to which I give another thumbs down. And it keeps going. I just wish I could banish an artist once and for all. Other than that, I give the service an A-!

  12. Hello Tom and Tim,
    Once again my kudos to you folks for what you’ve done, simply amazing it is. I have two suggestions for you. First off, it’d be nice to have the ability to make a copy of a shared station that I’d then be able to tweak and fine tune from that point. The second thought has to do with the song page you talk about. Noticed a lot of people are looking for song and album info, so I have to ask, is the link you have to the Allmusic website still just a dirty little secret at this point? I was stoked when I found that as I’ve using Allmusic as my main source of info for years and it’s a beauty. So my suggestion would then be for you to first make this linking capabilty known and follow it up by making it even more convenient to access. Would be perfect if it were an option on the pop up menu or maybe even make the artist’s name the hyperlink?
    Cheers to all

  13. When a song comes up that I’ve already rated thumbs up, it should already have the up thumb in the little box. For some stations I’ve literally rated hundreds of songs up or down, and it would be nice to know, for each song, if I’ve rated it already or not.

  14. While we’re on suggestions…
    How about an “autolog” that keeps track of all the tracks/artists you’ve listened to during a session as a scrolling, ever-growing HTML page in a separate browser window? Similar to favorites, but you don’t have to tell it to save. Perhaps it would even keep track of skips and thumbs up/down. That way, if you’re too busy to check what you’ve heard, you could still catch up later.
    Also since the multimedia buttons handily control pause/play, forward, and volume up/down, why not find an application for the reverse button? Since there’s no reverse in Pandora, perhaps it could be a forward with a thumbs down. Multimedia buttons sometimes appear on laptop exteriors or remotes – a + button is not always handy.

  15. Hi Sharon,
    The approach we take to playlist construction is based on what we call “music analysis”. Our team of music-analysts listen to music one song at a time and document the underlying musical characteristics for each song. Right now we analyze Jazz, Rock, Country, Hip Hop, Dance, and Electronica music. We’re also hard at work on Latin music. We love classical music too, and have designed an approach for capturing the unique features of world music — you can imagine that the instruments, playing style, harmonics, and construction are different enough that a different vocabulary of attributes is required. We’ll be working our way through a catalog of classical music, but it is a time consuming process. It will take us a while to get to “critical mass,” but we will get there.
    Tom
    CTO @ Pandora

  16. I just arrived in pandoraland a couple of weeks ago, I am now completely obsessed. I actually look forward to going to work (how is that possible). I used to work in a music store and my life was constantly filled with new music over the last ten years I moved to suburbia, took a job in corporate America, and bought a car based on gas milage – I lost myself. Thanks to you I am inspired and my soul feels full of music.
    Thank you