A More Social Pandora

Dear listeners -

After months of furious development, this morning we’re launching a major new initiative on Pandora.

As you may know, we’ve tried for a while now to figure out how to incorporate the more social aspects of music into our service. Sharing music is, after all, one of life’s great pleasures.

The idea behind today’s update is to make it really easy to share your Pandora stations and music discoveries with your friends – and vice versa. Now your friends can be a daily source of inspiration for new stations and music discovery. I’ve been testing out the service while we were developing it and I have to say it really brings a wonderful new human dimension to the listening experience.

To make this truly easy for you, we’ve partnered with the experts at Facebook. Starting today, you can easily link your experience on Pandora with your friends on Facebook. This quickly brings your Facebook friend list into Pandora along with your Facebook profile picture. It quite literally puts a whole new face on Pandora.

Know that this is entirely optional. Even though we’re excited about the new dimension this adds to Pandora, we want to be very respectful of your privacy. If you don’t want to bring your Facebook world into Pandora, just opt out. It will disappear forever. Period.

As always, and maybe on this one more than ever, we’re eager to hear what you think.

Enjoy!

Tim (Founder)
P.S. For more detail, feel free to check out: blog.pandora.com/faq/contents/10010.html

Tim Westergren

Founder http://www.pandora.com/profile/tim

174 thoughts on “A More Social Pandora

  1. I didn’t know where else to post a suggestion, for a band to be connected to Pandora. I don’t know what about y’all have to do to get band’s music on your site, whether you have to search yourself or if the bands/labels offer their music to you. But I thought I’d suggest getting some songs from Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein’s new band. ‘Gorgeous Frankenstein’. It’s a lot heavier than the current ‘Misfits’ with Jerry Only. Much more “balls to the walls!” They’re actually opening for Danzig June 19th at the trocadero theatre in Philadelphia, PA.
    Take care, stay strong. Love, peace, chicken grease. :)

  2. I think this is WONDERFUL! I’m glad that Tim and everyone else at Pandora is so creative! Thank you all for enhancing our lives with this creative way of getting music people can enjoy for free! This is truly fantastic. I can also now easily share new songs that I’ve found with my friends on facebook, or discover them through seeing what my friends listen to!
    So all in all, THANK YOU!!!!
    –one enthusiastic supporter of Pandora

  3. ALL I WANT FROM PANDORA :
    I want to save my quickmixes… you know name a quickmix and be able to save it. Could click on diff quickmixes and have different mixes of stations.
    I spend a lot of time checking those boxes depending on which friends/scene I’m at. Plus it would be fun and should be pretty easy for you guys to set that up.

  4. I love Pandora. The only thing I ask for, is if you will make it for the HTC Pure :).

  5. We also partnered with Facebook for our Social Security Disability company and the experience has been great.

  6. Thought this would be a cool program to use, it was preinstalled on my Hp computer so I thought I would check it. Well gonna uninstall it I can get free unlimited internet radio from alot of differnent internet sites why would I use yours if I can only get 40 hrs a month then have to pay what a rip opp

  7. Okay, so here’s what I have noticed after reading several dozen comments (no, I haven’t read them all) on here…Pandora has automatically “opted-in” everyone to share their Pandora listening experince with Facebook. And the overwhelming majority of comments about this are negative. All the answers I see form Pandora moderators is the information needed to opt-out, which is appreciated but doesn’t address the core issue, from Facebook sharing of information. Here is a direct question to Joe and all his minions at Pandora: Why is “OPT-IN” the default rather than “OPT-OUT”?
    By having “OPT-IN” as the default you are saying Pandora doesn’t respect the privacy of its users. You have now lost our trust. Is that how Pandora wants to be known?
    Dave

  8. I mostly listen to Latin music preferably salsa and WOW what great selections you have. I can’t put it down until my battery dies. a million thank yous…

  9. This radio is really awesome, I love it!! I can listen the music that I like so much.
    Rochi

  10. My MP3 player just died on me & I am looking for a new one. Any chance I’ll be able to find one w/ Pandora on it? Thanks.

  11. I downloaded pandora and I cannot get it to work. I obviously not very good on the computer and I am a elderly person. Does does work through my lap top speakers or do I have to buy some different speakers. It lets me pick a artist but it won’t play. I have XP.

  12. Why does this not work on my phone … BlackberryPearl … It takes forever to start up and then you get it going and it freezes … and wait a min and you get 20 sec. and then freeze for another 1 or two … i have changed the settings for low connection even though it is a good connection … I love the idea behind Pandora but whats the point if it takes 7 mins to liston to 1 song… anyone else with this problem on their phone any ideas on how i might fix it … thanks XooX

  13. hey every one i love this radio there is no better way to wake up and here all the great metal bands. I love this station thank you for making it i love it

  14. A rather simple technical question: Assuming I have the maximum possible bandwidth, which I do, am I receiving MP3, CD quality, degree of compression, if any.
    Also, I could not help but notice that some of the comments are pretty acrimonious, especially when it comes to Facebook. My response is very simple. If your social life is such that Facebook friends are a necessity, then you get what you bought into.
    As for my musical choices being posted on Facebook, that is of course wrong but again of no consequence to me. Again, I don’t feel a need to be social in that sense, i.e. a need to share my musical choices with others. I have too many friends in the “real world”.
    As for Pandora being a subscriber station and charging a fee, I have only two responses: 1) The fee is nominal and the quality is superb; 2) If you don’t like the reality of keeping the lights on and the need for charging a nominal fee accordingly, Please Go Elsewhere. Ah, but a big OoPs! on that one. Other places ALSO charge a free and their quality is crap. So stop whining, shut up and enjoy the station or …
    And did I post this to be “social” or win “friends”? Not exactly. I just wanted to ask a question about the degree of compression and had to plow through a whole litany of whining and complaining in search of an answer – and still didn’t find anything even remotely relevant. And that has teed me off.
    Pandora is a real gift. So Enjoy it!

  15. I’m with AA on this one: get some VARIETY in the ads. I pull my headphones out every time the stupid “This is an actual call to Philadelphia, PA” [obnoxious giggly voice] “Yeah, I want [giggle] steak and peppers on top of my [giggle] burger.” [giggle] “duh, what? You want MEAT on top of a BURGER?” “Yeah, [obnoxious giggle] I like meat.” [more giggling and stupid responses for the rest of the commercial]
    I could probably list the commercial word-for-word if I wanted to, but I DON’T WANT TO. Repeated commercials actually DETRACT from advertising. I am now very UNlikely to ever get a cheesesteak burger from Carl’s, Jr., because that would imply that I want them to continue making bad commercials about it. Perhaps the commercial would have been good if I didn’t have to hear it every ten minutes.
    I used to have the same problem with MLB.TV: they played the same five or six ads over and over and over and over again. Fortunately, I now block those by redirecting the advertising agency’s HTTP requests to 0.0.0.0, but I can’t find a similar solution for Pandora.
    If I had hired the individual(s) responsible for putting a small number of advertisements through a rotation that occurs every few minutes (and thus the same ad repeats more than once every hour), thus annoying my customers and wasting the advertising client’s money, I would FIRE that/those individual(s). Enough said.

  16. everyone blasting pandora for charging needs to stop it because they’re ignorant of the politics of that situation.
    soundexchange (SX) is the organization that collects royalties on broadcast music in the united states. without going too deep into the details, SX charges pandora every time an artist is played. if pandora stayed fully free of charge, it would have to shut down within weeks, maybe even days because of the royalty fees. you should be happy pandora still exists at all — they came within a whisker’s width of having to shut down forever last year.
    look, i miss the happy fun days of free internet everything just as much as the next person, but bills must be paid and people have to eat — and royalty collectors, justified or not, nevertheless exist and they demand their “due.” so please, before you spout off stupid selfish ignorant ****, do your homework and stop acting like a crybaby.

  17. I just visited the website for the first time today. What an unpleasant surprise. Not only is all the info from my mobile account available for anybody with a passing interest, the default privacy settings are the least protective. The only reason I checked was because my cousin mentioned that she had noticed some music my wife was listening to. What kind of people assume that you want your personal information advertised on the internet? Nobody, that’s who. This was done purely for money, not out of any motivation to partake in the joy of watching people share music. The developers could have just used the Pandora site for that. In fact that would probably serve this little social experiment much better. By the way, to you parents; who has pandora given info about your kids to with this little escapade? That may seem a little paranoid now, but that passes when you watch the news for a bit. Once again, this was not an innocent mistake, the developers sold you out.

  18. I have to say, the volume slider just stinks as it stands. The extra clink makes the thing so much more clunky and it always thinks I’m trying to mute when I’m not. . . Please, please, please change it back!

  19. I love(d) Pandora One, but I am very disappointed that Pandora has chosen to follow Facebook’s total neglect of privacy issues. Yes, it takes longer to grow a community that is opt-in, but it is the responsible thing to do. NOT impressed.

  20. Wow, I’m floored. I did NOT authorize Facebook OR Pandora to access, share or post my personal information. Shame on you, both of you. I received neither notification nor request for approval. I didn’t even receive information about how you are guaranteeing my privacy. This is incredibly irresponsible, disrespectful and I would guess illegal but I imagine a loophole was found as you would hate to be sued. Bad business choice.
    Seriously disappointed, Jamie