Lyrics, Variety, Gifts, and other Tweaks

We’ve been quietly rolling out a number of enhancements to 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, 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.


The Pandora Team

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

  1. Same here, please bring back the lyrics. I still think the Pandora project delivers the best music experience. However if Apple or someone else will pick songs as good as you and includes lyrics then it will be hard not to leave Pandora. Royalty fees for that can’t be so high, can they? Cheers!

  2. When Pandora had lyric it made it easy to understand and sing. I WANT LYRICS BACK. It’s better with lyrics😥😥😥😥😧😧😧😧

  3. It will be real shame, in the future, when you look back and realize that taking off the lyrics cost Pandora so much.

  4. I really miss being able to see the lyrics, this was one of the things I really enjoyed. Not having this option made it much easier to decide not to renew my subscription.

  5. The reason i always told all my friends to pay for pandora instead of spottily was this!
    Lyrics should be brought back!!!!
    Pandora will do MUCH better with them
    pls :)

  6. The lyrics are back! This is great. The writers of these songs now get the credit
    that they so deserve. Thanks Pandora. It’s also nice to get the words right when I’m not sure what is being sung.

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