Discover More Music with Personalized Station Recommendations

Music discovery has always been at the heart of the Pandora experience and today we’re thrilled to announce the launch of personalized station recommendations on both iOS and Android mobile devices.

Pandora had 76.2 million people listening to 1.58 billion hours of music just last month alone. When you layer on the more than 35 billion pieces of thumb feedback we have received since launching in 2005, it equates to billions of data points right at our fingertips. These valuable insights into our listeners’ tastes provide us with a deep understanding of what people love about music and enables us to power the best personalized radio experience for each individual listener.

Up until now, we have primarily been focused on making behind-the-scenes improvements to the playlist experience and we’re excited about the opportunity to apply our same methodology to this brand new Pandora feature.

Here’s how it works:

Personalized station recommendations on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets will provide listeners with up to 6 suggested artist stations to add and listen to at a time, based on current listening preferences, taking into account your station list and what you have told us you like or dislike through thumb interactions.  Station recommendations can be found in a couple of areas in the Pandora app:

  • Create a Station screen: when you tap to create a station, your recommendations will be listed on the screen.  You can create a new station by tapping that station name or choose to expand “More Recommendations” to view more.
  • Bottom of Station List: If you scroll down your station list, you will see recommendations at the bottom.  You can create a new station by tapping that station name or choose to expand “More Recommendations” to view more.

Your station recommendation list is refreshed when a new station is created or deleted. We will be rolling out this new feature with personalized artist station recommendations and have future plans to evolve and refine the recommendations feature already under development. The more you engage with the product, the more Pandora will learn about your musical preferences and tastes and be able to further optimize the station recommendations for the best personalized listening experience.

Create Station View (2)More Recs View

As always, we’d love to hear what you think of this new product feature. We’ve said this before, but we’re really just getting started. As we work to fulfill our mission to completely reinvent radio, we are constantly thinking of new ways to seamlessly deliver the best personalized radio experience in every possible listening environment. So stay tuned for even more product enhancements and updates on all of our platforms throughout 2014.

Happy discovering!

54 thoughts on “Discover More Music with Personalized Station Recommendations

      • This Idea of spending all this time trying to create stations that there are not giving me what I want.Just give me more song selections on what they have in the Geners.I wrote them ,they blew me off.I tried it and they didnt have a clue on what I wanted to here.Tired of hearing the same 20 songs over and over no matter the station.

    • I think there is a problem with the Pandora algorithm for music variation. I can create a station by artist and the start liking/disliking songs but the artist that the station is based upon can almost completely be overwritten and that should not be possible. The base artist should automatically have a heavy weighting or a fixed percent. I’ve managed turned my Pink station into a country music station! Now, to get any Pink songs back I have to like every song to give that artist a better weighting, but I shouldn’t have to like Pink since that was why I created the station in the first place.

    • We’ll let our product team know you’d like feature parity on the desktop app. Thanks for your patience in the meantime. -Alyssa

  1. Sounds great. Now how about adding the ability to remove artists from a particular station. If a group is included in multiple stations one can be overwhelmed by the number of times you hear songs from that artist leading to “burnout”.

    • @Larry Keep giving the artists you don’t want to hear a Thumbs-down and Pandora will learn not to play their songs. Keep in mind: Thumb ratings are station specific! -Keegan

      • My Pandora keeps skimming through Artist and Stations on my account just as if I was clicking the fast forward icon or thumbs down…any ideas?

  2. What version is the Android app for the S4 supposed to be with these changes in it? Want to make sure I have the right version. It would be nice if you guys released the version info along with the update notes. Thanks!

    • @James I’ll let the product team know. In the meantime, make sure you’re thumbing-down all live tracks on each of your stations. -Alyssa

  3. For a web-based service like yours, I am unclear why the feature is not available on all clients including Windows Phone and the web. This doesn’t bode well :-(

  4. First timer here, different topic (sorry). For as long as I can remember, when the curser (desktop) is moved over the station list, the list moves in opposite directions as I am moving. When I move the curser off the list it moves entirely up or down. Makes it very hard to select the channel I want to.

  5. I’d like to be able to see a graphic of the genome for my stations: something like a Wordle showing which elements are most prominent/central to how music is selected. It could just be colored dots of various sizes with the genome number which I’d need to mouse-over to view the full description of that element. If we’re shooting for the moon, I’d love to be able to thumbs up/down individual elements from the same graphic. :-D

  6. When listening to Lady Gaga’s Poker Face, I noticed that the lyrics listed do not relate to the song. Perhaps you can make a correction., Thank you

  7. Pandora needs a complaint form.And that complaint would be with so much music out there for each station why does evey staion keep repeating the short list of songs it has.Tired of hereing the same music over and over again no mater the channel.Repeat repeat repeat.Can not stand that type of wearing out of good tunes when there is so much more.Love the quality of the high def.Love alot of the songs they have selected.But its getting boring.Please join in with my plea and see if someone can figure out how to get them the news.I am certain that I must not be alone in this quest.Chip in and Thanks for your time.

  8. Pandora is not user friendly. It sucks ass. I could create something more user friendly and I dont know shit about programming. I was going to upgrade but refuse if it keeps playing worst songs from the artists I choose and then stuck listening to the crap. Bad music pisses me off and makes me want to break things.

    • @Smokersodysseycom Try these tuning tips to create the Salsa station you’re looking for: http://pdora.co/tunepandora. Also, check your station details to remove any thumbed up songs that have a merengue sound that may be causing your station to drift. -Alyssa

  9. Recently my Pandora keeps shutting of requiring me to log back in on my iphone after every other song? Please tell there is some simple oversight that I am missing and not just another ploy to get me to again upgrade. This free internet radio I started with started getting more and more commercials and less and less listening time without an upgrade, so I upgraded and now this? What’s up?

  10. Will there ever be a drop down menu option, move song to another station on mobile version? So many songs played on created stations are not remotely related to the stations genre.

  11. I have a bit of a complaint. I use to listen to the free version of Pandora, but decided I didn’t want listen to commercials, or the “Are you still listening? We dont like to play music for an empty room.” questions that pop up while I’m working, so I decided to pay and be free of it. Well, guess what? It still asks me. And the rooms not empty. If I pay for it, then i should be able to play it without any disturbances. Right? Thank you for listening to my rant.

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