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Salt Lake City Get-together this Thursday!

This Thursday, I’ll be in Salt Lake City to meet Pandora listeners and music lovers at the downtown Main Library. Looking forward to hearing what your thoughts are about the service and current trends in digital music. If you’re in the area, please stop by! Full details are below.
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Details
When: Thursday, January 18th, 2007 at 7:30 pm
Where: Salt Lake City Main Library, Auditorium
210 East 400 South (map)
Hope to see you there!
Tim (Founder)

Play Listen Repeat Vol. 2

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From what I can tell, there are two main types of Pandora listeners: the “I have a single station that contains everything I like” listeners, and the “I have separate stations for each artist, mood, flavor, and occasion” listeners.
Personally, I tend much more towards the latter (especially since I can mix all my stations with the Quick Mix button if I want to). But I can be an adventurous fellow, and so I’m curious to know what your station-creation strategies, habits, superstitions, and obsessions are. Who knows, maybe I’ll change my stripes?
In that spirit, this week’s Play Listen Repeat asks: how do you make your stations? Got any tips for other listeners? Have you developed a station-creation system that you’d like to share?
I’m very curious.
yours,
mz
ps – the response to last week’s post was amazing. Just for kicks, I made a mega-station from every single artist seed anyone put in last week. Not to get sentimental, but it’s our very first station! If you’re feeling brave, check it out here.
pps – bonus points for anyone who can think of good names for the two main types of station creators. My names: bears and squirrels.

Pandora Podcast #3: Electric Guitar Effects

As of today, the newest podcast is ready for you to download (free), listen to on our page (free), or add to your iPod or other portable audio device (also free). Easy to access, and fun for all.
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The new one is our third show, and it’s all about electric guitar and the different effects that a guitarist can use. We talk about Jimi Hendrix’s distortion and his ‘talking guitar’ tricks, the strummy delay used on U2 records, the rhythms played on the wah-wah pedal in funk, and the types of chorus pedals used by the Cure, the Smiths and the Police. Our guest this time is Patrick Greene, a jazz and funk guitarist originally from St. Louis, MO.
Check it out here
If you enjoy hearing the guitar, this podcast is for you. Oh, and Happy New Year, too.
Kevin

Live podcast with Pandora at the MacWorld Expo this Friday

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On Friday, January 12th, Pandora will be joining the MacVoices podcast for a live recording session following the MacWorld Expo. MacVoices host Chuck Joiner will be interviewing Tim, Kevin Seal (host of the Pandora Podcast), and Tom Conrad (Pandora’s CTO).
The event is free to attend and open to the public. Details and the full list of scheduled guests are listed below. Hope to see you there!
When: Friday, January 12th, from 6-9pm
Where: Renaissance Parc55 Hotel – Corintia Room
55 Cyril Magnin St, San Francisco (map)
Other guests will include:
Jim Dalrymple, Online Editor for MacWorld
Paul Kafasis, CEO of Rogue Amoeba Software
David Bassin, Host of Freefall
Michael Butler, Host of the Rock and Roll Geek Show

Play Listen Repeat Vol. 1

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As Pandora’s music curator, my main job is to select the music that goes into Pandora. I’m constantly listening to new bands, researching genres for back catalog, reading books, and searching high and low for music that looks and sounds like it’s worth discovering.
There’s so much music here, though, that I sometimes lose track of the records I selected, even if it was something I was really dying to hear! They come in to the office, get analyzed, and sneak into the library stacks before I can snag ’em. Sad, I know.
So, in the spirit of trying to catch the ones that got away, I want to know what you listeners have discovered, rediscovered, or have just been listening to in Pandora.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it: list your top 3 Pandora discoveries, and what station led you to them.
Mine are:
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Chico Buarque (first heard on Caetano Veloso Radio)

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You are Not Alone

Here’s a funny thing. On the one hand, the very heart of what we do here at Pandora is centered on the idea that each and every one of us is unique when it comes to the music we love. We spend a lot of time every day making sure that Pandora stays true to that idea; always delivering music that you’ll love, irrespective of what others might like.
On the other hand, there’s a whole lot of you listening to Pandora these days and it’s pretty likely that there’s someone out there that shares enough of your musical perspective that it would be fun to take a look at what they’re listening to, sample their stations, and maybe even say hello. In fact, we think it’s a great way to discover new music you’ll love.
Today we made all of that, and a fair bit more, possible. Here are some of the new things to explore at Pandora:
Listener Profiles: Now you can use Pandora to maintain a complete description of your musical preferences, a kind of musical biography, and share it with the world. Just click the “Pandora Community” button above the player, select “View Your Profile,” and tell the world a little about yourself and the music you love.
Listener Search: Find other Pandora listeners that share your musical tastes, hometown, school, or place of work. Explore their favorites songs and artists, listen to their stations, and leave them comments. Even bookmark them so you can check what they’re into later. Just click the “Pandora Community” button and select “Find other Listeners” to get started.
Artist “Fans”: Browse profiles for other folks that are listening to each band we play. Just click the “more about the music” button above the player, search for a favorite artist or song page, and start exploring. Or once you’ve made a station, find other people listening to similar stations by clicking the little triangle next to your station’s name in the player and selecting “Find Other Fans of this Artist”.
Station Search: Search a universe of listener-created stations… looking for “Electro Goth“? no problem. “Romantic music“? yep. You name it, someone out there has probably built a station around it. Build a ‘station page‘ for each of your stations to ensure that your own creations show up in the search results. When you find a station you love, leave the stations creator a comment on their station page.
In the 24 hours since we put the software out there I’ve found dozens of people that love the kind of music I love — and I’ve found some artists and songs that I’d never heard before by browsing their profiles and stations. In fact as I write this I’m listening to a station I found (Kozelekian).
A few words about privacy: we certainly understand and respect that some of you want no part of this. It’s easy to set your profile to private so that other listeners can’t find you or view your profile. Just click over to your profile (click the “Pandora Community” button above the player and select “View Your Profile”), click the small edit button on the right hand side of the center column, then click the “make my profile private” option. If you have other privacy concerns, we certainly want to hear about them. Don’t hesitate to send us email (pandora-support@pandora.com). As with the rest of Pandora we take your feedback on the things we do extremely seriously and with something as important as privacy we want to make sure that you’re comfortable with what we’re doing.
Have fun exploring…
Tom
CTO @ Pandora
PS: One of the little things we did with the new release was to integrate some Flash version checks. The idea was to make sure that folks were running a version of Flash (7/8/9) that ensured the best possible Pandora experience. It turns out that some of you who had been using Flash 6 without any trouble at all couldn’t listen today because your work computer wouldn’t let you upgrade to the newer version. We messed up. We’re going to reverse that change and stop requiring the newer Flash versions. We’ll get that fix rolled out in the next few days tonight for sure. Thanks in advance for your patience on that front.

Pandora Podcast Part II – Drumming

We’re happy to say that the second episode of our new podcast series is up (don’t worry if you don’t know what a podcast is – it’s easy, just click the link below and listen from the site).
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This segment is called “Drums and Drumming, Pt. 1,” and it demonstrates how a basic drum beat can adapt to work in hard rock, disco, mellow pop, and a variety of styles. It features lots of drumming illustrations from our own Jeff Anthony, and provides some insight into how drummers come up with the parts they play.
You can listen on the page, download the show, or subscribe so each show downloads to your computer automatically. It’s all free, of course.
Check it out here
Hope you enjoy it.
Cheers. Tim (Founder)

Philly Recap

Just coming up for air after a few crazy weeks. Rewinding a little… Great trip to Philly. Was picked up at the train station by some wild Australian guy, claiming to be part of a local podcasting group… wound up on theBestDamnTechShow… period for a humorous, and at times completely random segment. Always great to see these kinds of groups popping up – videographer, programmer, lighting expert, radio guy, recording engineer, spontaneously forming a creative group and launching a podcast. Good luck guys…
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Drew was kind enough to drive us to the UPenn bookstore for the town hall.

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Spend the holidays with Pandora!

If you’d like to hear holiday music on Pandora, here’s some tips to get you started! Just start by entering the name of a holiday song you like (for example, ‘Winter Wonderland‘). Pandora will ask you to pick from a list of artists that we know performed that song. Pick a version that you’d like to hear, and Pandora creates a station for you that will play other similar holiday music. We’re not able to play that specific song immediately, but it will play eventually so keep listening!
Or, start a station from an artist name instead of a song title: just enter the artist’s name followed by the word ‘holiday’ (for example, ‘Ray Charles Holiday‘). Pandora will use that input to build a holiday station for you based on the musical qualities of that performer’s holiday tunes.
I don’t know about you, but it’s hard for me to think of artist or song names right off the top of my head, so here’s a handy list of a few holiday artists and songs to get you going. Just click on a name to start your own station. As you listen, add more songs and artists to your station; make it your own. (Don’t forget to thumbs down the tracks you don’t like!) If you’d like to try out some pre-mixed stations, see the end of this post…
Holiday Artist examples:
Harry Connick Jr. (Holiday)
Frank Sinatra (Holiday)
Bing Crosby (Holiday)
Ella Fitzgerald (Holiday)
Louis Armstrong (Holiday)
Vince Guaraldi Trio (Holiday)
Dave Brubeck (Holiday)
Manhattan Transfer (Holiday)
B.B. King (Holiday)
Brian Setzer Orchestra (Holiday)
The Supremes (Holiday)
Nat King Cole (Holiday)
Stevie Wonder (Holiday)
Diana Krall (Holiday)
Elvis Presley (Holiday)
Chet Atkins (Holiday)
Loretta Lynn (Holiday)
Johnny Cash (Holiday)
George Strait (Holiday)
The Roches (Holiday)
Whitney Houston (Holiday)
Destiny’s Child (Holiday)
Mariah Carey (Holiday)
Celine Dion (Holiday)
Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir & Singers (Holiday)
Barenaked Ladies (Holiday)
Los Straitjackets (Holiday)
The Beach Boys (Holiday)
John Lennon (Holiday)
Vienna Boys Choir (Holiday)
The Cambridge Singers (Holiday)
The Choir Of King’s College (Holiday)
Mormon Tabernacle Choir (Holiday)

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Berkeley Get-together on Monday!

This coming Monday, I’ll be hosting a meetup on the UC Berkeley campus, just a few miles away from our offices in Oakland! Looking forward to meeting Pandora users and musicians from the East Bay, and hearing what they have to say about current trends in music. If you’re in the area, please stop by! Full details are below.
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Details
When: Monday, December 4th, 2006 at 7:00 pm
Where: Heller Lounge, MLK Student Union Building, UC Berkeley
Hope to see you there!
Tim (Founder)