Viewer Mail – Why does Pandora only play music?

Listeners often wonder why Pandora doesn’t play news or sports or talk radio programming. Here, Tim Westergren answers that question and asks for a few new ones.<!– –>

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18 thoughts on “Viewer Mail – Why does Pandora only play music?

  1. That reminds me… how about podcasts? You could start with music related podcasts such as NPR’s All Songs Considered.

  2. @Tim,
    Funny that you should ask — we DO have a music-themed podcast, actually, right here:
    The subscription is free, and shows up directly in your iTunes, or whatever other software you prefer to use to access podcasts.
    Enjoy, and let me know if there’s anything you want to hear on there.

  3. How about an e-mail address for Pandora Desktop App feedback? I use this piece of software so often (it’s what encouraged me to sign up for Pandora One) that I would love to be able to contribute in making it better.

  4. Hello, I agree that at times music does not express anything at all except what the person who wrote it was thinking about. But I guess even that had meaning to them. Music is a deep spiritual influence. Back then they couldn’t turn on a TV or grab a book. They wrote and sang music because it was their entertainment. I just started getting into Gregorian chant from a music appreciation class I am taking. I don’t know what it is about it, but it moves my soul and tweeks my spirit. It makes me feel so conected. I would love it if you had a roll that gave the meanings of the words they were saying. I enjoyed your veiw on music. I am a new listener. God bless! Thanks.

  5. Hey Tim. Where are the insipid DJs? Seriously, this is the future here. You guys rock.
    (age 63)

  6. Because other stuff would be STUPID! Who needs anything other than great music? You got 49Kazillion other networks–go there!

  7. I have sent a link to all my friends so they can enjoy my stations! great job. stef age 59

  8. Pandora Rox !
    I’ve been using it on my computer for about 3 years and just got it recently on my itouch. Pandora One was so worth it. Keep up the good work Pandora Team

  9. I also wonder why Pandora doesn’t play news or sports or talk radio programming.I think they can give their 100% in this also.

  10. About ads. I’d pay a fee to use Pandora, but I’m not going to listen to ads. Talk about a step backwards. People who are sensitive to sound can’t bear to open their neural pathways to music only to be assaulted by an ad. I’m done until you change this.

  11. i like the fact that pandora is an music only internet radio. Because most site are to full of ads and other stuff. not really good for just listening to music. Then again i think alot of people forget why pandora was made to pass around the Music Genome =)
    anyways i’m ranting just want to say i love the site and i love how it gets you picks of song you might like base on the type of music you listen too. you guy are doing a great job and keep it up

  12. @Regina — If you upgrade to Pandora One, you won’t hear or see any ads. Write me at kevin at if you’d like more information on that.
    @Jess, Jared, and Laguna — Thank you, eh! Very kind. The news/talk/sports programming is just an idea, and if it were to happen, it wouldn’t intrude upon your music listening. It would merely be another option. “I want to make a soccer discussion channel” or “I want a stand-up comedy station,” that sort of thing, not “News on the 10s and 25s.”

  13. I am an avid listener of Pandora. I absolutely love it. I would like to make a suggestion on how to better serve the fans. Most often I listen to Pandora on my computer while searching the web and/or checking email. When a song or artist comes on that I like but don’t know I always have to stop what I am doing and click back on the Pandora tab to see who it is. My suggestion is is it possible to have the artist and song scroll across the top of the Pandora tab? So while I am using other internet tabs within the same window I could always see who is playing.

  14. I’ve noticed when searching for certain songs or artists, that some are classified with a “(family)” indication next to the song or artist, but Family/kids songs isn’t one of the genres. I’m trying to create a station for my kids (based originally on Laurie Berkner) but it’s hard to filter out the more “adult” music. Many artists (Jack Johnson, Barenaked Ladies, Ella Jenkins, Peter Paul and Mary) have both kids’ songs, and more adult music. I don’t want to necessarily filter out all “adult” music (I want to enjoy the station, too!), but it would be nice to have Pandora pull as much “kids’ music” as it has in its library. Thanks!

  15. Pandora would be GREAT for talk radio! I could envision typing in “Rush Limbaugh” or “Alan Colmes” or whoever, and their latest radio session would play. Pandora could even have their own radio programs if they wanted to, much like Sirius XM. For all I know, they could broadcast live too? I think the potential is nearly unlimited. I just wish I was an early investor! :-)