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SXSW, Here We Come…

Every March, music aficionados and fans alike head to Austin, Texas for the renowned SXSW festival and it’s only a natural fit for Pandora to be there too. We are excited that, for the first time ever, we will have an official presence at the festival.

Because Pandora enriches the lives of music fans by helping them discover and rediscover music they love, we are bringing that concept to life with the Pandora Discovery Den. The Pandora Discovery Den will be hosted at the legendary Austin venue Antone’s from Tuesday, March 13 through Friday, March 16.

We will treat attendees to a variety of live musical performances, spanning from Rock to Hip Hop to Americana, including Theophilus London, WALK THE MOON, Gary Clark Jr and Bahamas. Attendees will also have the chance to win daily raffles with limited-edition items, participate in hands-on technology demos and much more! Read More →

Pandora playing in a store near you

I have lost count of the number of times a Pandora listener has told me that they learned about our service from their hair dresser, dentist, barista or bartender. I’ve also been saving a long list of emails from business owners, large and small, who have written to us in growing numbers since we launched Pandora asking when we might offer Pandora for use in a commercial setting. I’m really excited to be able to tell these folks that we now have an offering just for them. We have recently established a partnership with a company called DMX. They’re an innovator in the commercial music space and have integrated Pandora into a product that is designed for use in business establishments. It is a very affordable solution that enables all types of businesses from car dealerships to medical offices to salons and coffee shops to play Pandora.

With this service, businesses can effortlessly personalize their in-store music program to match their environment and brand, and create the perfect in-store and in-office sound for you, their customers.

The next time you’re settling into the dentist chair or – much better – sidling up to a bar, ask them if they’re playing Pandora. If they’re not, you can tell them to check it out here: www.dmx.com/pandora

Pandora shifts into high gear!

Over the past few years we’ve heard a growing chorus of listeners asking about our plans for bringing Pandora into the car. Many of you are likely plugging your smartphones into an aux jack to get Pandora through your car speakers already, but we know that the long term solution is something more seamlessly integrated with the vehicle.

To that end, for several years now we’ve had an extensive engineering and business effort underway to bring Pandora into vehicle dashboards – and it’s now starting to bear fruit, with Pandora-enabled cars and trucks actually hitting the showrooms.

We’re currently partnered with 11 of the world’s most well-known automotive brands and many aftermarket manufacturers and have had a steady stream of vehicle launches over the last few months. We thought it would be useful to pull together a list of the car companies and car audio manufacturers whose products support Pandora…just in case you’re in the market for a new ride or you’re retrofitting your sound system. Read More →

Holiday Music

Year after year, we are consistently blown away by the popularity of Holiday music on Pandora. This year we thought it would be fun to survey some of our users to get their perspective on Holiday music and we found that just as we suspected, they certainly do have a sense of humor!

Check out the questions and results, below. We are sure you will be feeling full of good cheer (and maybe even “Eggnoggy”) by the time you’re finished reading…
Happy Holidays and Happy Listening! Read More →

Tim Westergren on CNBC

Tim Westergren, CEO of Internet music upstart Pandora, tells CNBC’s Julia Boorstin how his company is reinventing radio.
September 29, 2010

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Children’s Music on Pandora

We’re proud to announce that we’ve officially added a new genre to Pandora: Children’s Music!

We’ve hunted down some truly excellent children’s music for our collection, and our Music Analysts have spent months listening to every one of these songs. They’ve categorized the songs along hundreds of musicological traits so playlists are kid-friendly, musically interesting, and combine a great mix of familiar songs and fun new discoveries.

With Pandora’s built-in variety, never again will you have to listen to the same CD on repeat for weeks at a time. Anyone who’s under the impression that most children’s music is cheesy or that there isn’t much out there, is in for a treat. Read More →

Secret Insights into the world of Jazz Drumming

The “Musicology Show” is back, with a new show about jazz drumming. Pandora music analyst Jeff Anthony pulls back the curtain on our jazz genome to show us the signature styles of Elvin Jones, Tony Williams and “Philly Joe” Jones — arguably three of the greatest drummers who ever picked up sticks.

This show was edited and recorded by Tyler Brown at Bellboy Recording, a studio that has served as home to many fine Bay Area jazz recordings.

As always, it’s free to subscribe to “The Musicology Show” in iTunes or in any other feedcatcher (Google Reader, Juice, etc.)

Just scroll down on the main podcast page to hear those 50 earlier episodes, or jump straight to the category pages for Composition, Styles, Singing, Instruments and Rhythm.

Happy Holidays from Pandora

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Merry Christmas and all that jazz.
I hope you’re enjoying the holiday season so far!
Here’s some great holiday stations we’ve made for you:
Rockin’ Holidays
Peaceful Holidays
Swingin’ Christmas
Jazz Holidays
A Classical Christmas
There’s many more holiday stations, including Hanukkah, here.

To make your own holiday station from scratch, all you have to do is type in the name of an artist + the word holiday. Like so:
Ray Charles Holiday
Nat King Cole Holiday
Harry Connick Jr. Holiday
Vince Guaraldi Trio Holiday (A Charlie Brown Christmas!)
Mariah Carey Holiday
Vienna Boys Choir Holiday
Or, you can start a station from a holiday song, picking which version you’d like:
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White Christmas
Angels We Have Heard On High
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow
Santa Baby

From all of us here at Pandora to all of you out there enjoying the music, Happy Holidays!
— Lucia
(community manager)

Global Giving, and a Choice of Pandora Gifts

For this week only, we are offering these three artist-designed Pandora posters as gifts. One or all of these can be yours if you donate to Global Giving, a charitable group that supports three different music-education programs.


Grand Prize Winner

Mapping Out Music

Artist: Amanda Tafuro
www.drivengraphics.com

Runner-up

Music that moves you

Artist: Jason Wyatt
www.jasonwyatt.com

Editor’s Choice

Music = Creativity

Artist: Luis Medel
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Please donate now to one of our Global Giving projects to get a poster. With a minimum $10 donation, you can select which poster to receive. Donate at least $20 and receive all three. Paper the whole place!

Kevin
(executive producer)

Happy Hanukkah

Happy Holidays!
This year, we’re delighted to present a Hanukkah station on Pandora.
Also known as “The Festival of Lights,” Hanukkah begins this year on December 11 at sundown.
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This is a special, curated station that solely features Hanukkah-related music. While you won’t be able to personalize it like other Pandora stations, we hope that the music we’ve collected adds to the fun and festivity of your celebrations. Enjoy the music, light the lights, and have a wonderful Hanukkah.
Jem
Listener Advocate & Hanukkah station music curator

…For those who are looking for Christmas music, you’ll find some here.