Lyrics, Variety, Gifts, and other Tweaks

We’ve been quietly rolling out a number of enhancements to Pandora.com the last few weeks and I thought I’d tell you a bit about them.
The biggest of the bunch is the launch of lyrics! This has been one of the most requested features for Pandora for as long as I can remember and the trick for us has always been to find a great provider of legal, fully licensed lyrics to share with you. Happy to say that we’ve found a great partner in Gracenote and last week we launched the first iteration of our lyric integration. To see the lyrics for the song you’re currently listening to just pull up the “about this music” panel underneath the player and select the lyrics tab. We’ll show you the first four lines of the song on the home page and you can click through to a second window that will show you the complete lyrics for the songs. Find a song that moves you? Click the share button to send them to a friend.
We’ve also been fiddling with the interface for adding more variety to your stations. Variety is a tricky subject when it comes to radio. We never want you to get bored with your stations, but a certain amount of repetition is welcome and expected. We’re constantly tweaking the core algorithm to impact station variety and we’re not done in that dimension. On the other hand, we’ve always had tools that allow you to expand the musical scope of a station by adding more song or artist “seeds” — but that interface has been largely hidden and only used by a small minority of our listeners. In a change that rolled out a few weeks ago we’ve added a “Add variety…” button to the player itself so that it’s easier to find and access. We’ve also updated the Add Variety panel to prompt you with a few ideas about artists you might want to add when you run out of your own ideas.
We also recently launched a “station gift” feature — this is your chance to make a kind of Pandora “mix tape” for a friend. Just visit www.pandora.com/station_gift, pick some favorite artists or songs, choose a design, and we’ll take care of the rest. Think of it as a musical e-card from Pandora.
One last tidbit you may have noticed is that we now support “bulk” purchase through both iTunes and Amazon MP3. Instead of buying songs one at a time, you can now use your Pandora bookmark list as a starting point for buying a whole bunch of music with just a single click. Click the “Buy All” button on your profile page to get started (and don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of chances to review your song selections before the purchase actually goes through).
We’ve had a lot of fun building these new features and we hope you enjoy using them. As always, we look forward to hearing your feedback and ideas in the comments.

Pandora

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

73 thoughts on “Lyrics, Variety, Gifts, and other Tweaks

  1. I also had a problem with lyrics being blocked by Chrome. At the right end of my address bar however, there is an icon of a window with a red x in the bottom right corner. Clicking it will let you change popup settings for Pandora.

  2. Been listening for years & love it. Lately I’ve been trying to update my musical tastes – is there some way to refine your station to only include albums released in, say, the last 5 years?

  3. The lyrics feature does not seem to be working anymore for me. My browser is set to accept cookies from Pandora, so nothing seems to be blocking it. Any suggestions?

  4. Pandora is great. I love it and that’s pretty much the reason i wanted to buy a smartphone. One more thing would make it even better — for smartphone application, if the lyrics is available taht would be great. right now only the band/artists info and the song info available. i would love to see some lyrics simply by tapping another button on the screen.

  5. “The lyrics feature does not seem to be working anymore for me. My browser is set to accept cookies from Pandora, so nothing seems to be blocking it. Any suggestions?”
    This is a definite concern that has not been addressed. One someone clicks, “view full lyrics” it simply opens up the particular bands bio page, NOT the lyrics page. This has been going on for a few months now.

  6. I am so impressed by Pandora, and your continuous search to evolve and improve! I’ve been long wishing that Pandora-a reputable source- would provide lyrics to the songs that I love! Often, I have to search various sites to find lyrics, and even then, I’m not sure if they are authentic/licensed, as these sites are usually just fans who post what they think are the lyrics, and there’s usually discrepancy.
    I like the other new attributes that you’ve mentioned, too. I think I’ll send a musical gift today! I have Pandora on my smartphone, my desktop and my laptop, and I LOVE it!
    Keep up the progress, Pandora!

  7. Hi! I was wondering why android phones can’t get the new updates like Iphones. I can only download 1.9.something with no lyrics while IPhones get lyrics and 3.9.something update. Please help a brother out! I have a DROID RAZR. I need some updates! ;) I love Pandora!

    • Hi Kristine,

      Sorry for the confusion around this. We’re aware of this and working on it, thanks for looking out! -Katie

  8. I love pandora I do but what happen to the lyrics ? I can’t look up the lyrics when the songs come on it’s just some info about them and other artist related to then. I want the lyrics to come back on. I’m half deaf and it helps to see the words on it do if I mid a work or not sure wht they are saying I can go back and see it please return them.

    One of ur loyal customers

  9. My lyrics hasn’t been working for awhile. I don’t know why. One day it was fine and the next suddenly every song says lyrics are unavailable even though i have viewed those lyrics before. Please help! I love the lyrics especially for the songs I don’t know.

  10. Please bring the lyrics back…….
    Especially when I read the comments….I am so glad that there are others like myself who were just as disappointed when the lyrics didn’t show up on the “song page” and are asking for it to be brought back. I so can appreciate the support of Pandora fans, because I want it back too!

    Aside from your station attributes, which is spot on, your lyrics page kept “most” of us internet radio listeners loyal!!

  11. Ah, so the lyrics are now removed from the page. I wonder if this is just an issue for those who do not PAY for PANDORA but are using the FREE version?

    Because if it’s the latter, then i understand completely.

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