The Pandora Team

Thanks for Asking: New Features at Pandora

Over the course of the year since we launched Pandora, one of the most gratifying things for me personally has been the chance to correspond with many of you about the things that you love and hate about Pandora. We’ve been able to answer some of your feature requests with little tweaks here and there, but some of your great ideas meant we had to make some big changes. I’m incredibly excited to tell you that tonight we’ve launched a version of Pandora that tackles some of those tougher problems.
We’ve heard quite often that you want ways to get a wider variety of styles in one listening session. Some of you are looking for stations that are an eclectic mix of all of the kinds of music you love, not just one style. Tonight we’re rolling out a brand new feature called “QuickMix” to answer that request head on. When you visit Pandora, you’ll discover the QuickMix button at the bottom of your station list. Click the button, tell us which of your stations you want to mix together, and click “Listen Now”. We’ll automatically create a station that shuffles those stations together. You can also share your mix station with your friends.
You’ve also told us that we sometimes play a song that you like, but it’s just not a good fit for the station it’s on. Our new “Move this song” feature will let you take it off of the current station and move it to one of your other stations. This is one of our most-requested features and now it’s an option under the song menu. When you hear something you want to move, just click the album art and select “Move this song to another station.”
Finally, some of you have taken us up on the offer to create 100 distinct stations. One thing is clear: with that many stations it can be pretty hard to find the one you’re looking for. Especially since we always sort them in the order you created them. Not anymore. Now you can choose to sort the stations alphabetically too. Just click the “Your Stations” line above the station list to choose your sort preference.
Thanks for inspiring us here every day at Pandora. We love your ideas and suggestions. Keep ’em coming!

Pandora for the ages

You may be surprised at how many Pandora listeners there are who are over 70 years old. Some of them are using the internet daily, so put away your stereotypes! There are other older listeners who are using the internet solely for listening to music via Pandora, having been turned on to it by a relative or friend.
More than one listener over 70 has written in to tell us that while listening to Pandora they’re actually getting up to dance to their old favorites such as Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry, remembering doing The Twist, The Jitterbug and The Bunny Hop.
Hollywood Palladium, 1940
Last week a gentleman wrote in to tell us that he’s 82, and that his Benny Goodman and his Tommy Dorsey stations remind him of his teenage years, dancing at the Hollywood Palladium in the 1940s. (Entry fee: 50 cents.) Another woman, 71, listens to music from her college days on Pandora on a laptop, in bed. She likes the trip down memory lane listening to Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong. The internet is sometimes thought of as a young person’s game, but we’re finding that love of music draws listeners of all ages.

Boston, MIT Recap

Memorable day in Boston, capped off with a terrific MIT meetup.
Spent the morning touring the Berklee College of music – amazing facility. State of the art everything. Kids everywhere with guitars, saxophones, drumsticks… was waiting for everyone to suddenly break out into some big choreographed number… “fame?”

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Red Barn Recap…

Well I must say, that’s some of the most beautiful country I’ve ever seen. Took me quite a while to get to Amherst because I kept stopping to take pictures of the changing foliage. Mesmerizing. Passed the stunning stone buildings at Mt Holyoke College (which I learned from some evening attendees are all haunted). I took the liberty of adding some of these pix to the blog for your viewing pleasure…
Thanks to everyone who came to the gathering. We met in a beautiful, rustic wood cabin on the Hampshire College campus…

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Providence Meetup!

The tour is going strong! This Wednesday, October 4th, we’re meeting Pandora listeners at the Columbus Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island. Looking forward to a lively talk and discussion with local Pandora users.
When: Wednesday, October 4th, 2006 – 7:00pm
Where: Columbus Theatre
270 Broadway Directions
This is a FREE event. If you have any questions, please send an email to
Hope to see you there! Tim (Founder)

MIT Meetup Tonight!

Woke up this morning to a Charles River full of rowers… what a great time of year to be in Boston.
Come join us for a town hall meeting tonight at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Promises to be a great mix of students and townies…
When: Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006 – 6:00pm
Where: MIT Campus: Building 26, Room 100
General campus address is 77 Massachusetts Avenue, access to Building 26
is via 60 Vassar Street Directions
Should be a great conversation – perhaps a little extra technical discussion from the aspiring engineers… We’ll of course have our pandora gifts too.
See you soon. Tim (Founder)

Coming back to LA!

For those of you who missed the Pandora Town Hall last month (see recap below) or if you want another chance to get your questions answered, the evening of Monday, October 30th 2006 I’ll be on the UCLA campus for another get together (open to the public). The meet will start at 6:30pm, and will be in the Northwest Auditorium of Covel Commons. Parking will be available on campus for $8 per car.
Please RSVP to the event by sending an email to with “LA” in the subject line.

Hampshire College – Red Barn Meetup

Finally getting out to Western Mass – thanks to everyone who sent us suggestions and invitations on the blog. Look to forward to meeting many of you tonight:
When: Monday, October 2nd, 2006 – 7:00pm
Where: The Red Barn
It’s located on the Hampshire college campus on Rout 116 – Directions

This is a FREE event, and we’ll have some cool Pandora gear. Looking forward to an amazing drive through the leaf-changing Berkshires…Please email if you have any questions about the meetup!
Hope to see you there! Tim (Founder)

Los Angeles Recap…

Started the day off with a stimulating conversation with students at USC’s Annenberg school. Thanks to Aram for inviting me. Particularly interested to hear the students’ thoughts on the listener-to-listener part of the service. Los of lessons to be learned from the existing social network sites.
Amazing location for the evening get together at the Silent Theatre. Quite a bit of discussion around the rigths and opportunities for artists – clearly reflective of the many musicians, and music label folks in the audience.
I was impressed with the general commitment of everyone there to furthering the interests of musicians…

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September 21, 2006 Dallas Meetup…

Nice to come back to Dallas. 90 degrees at 10pm… wow.
Thanks to everyone who came to Mark Cuban’s Magnolia Theatre downtown. Great spot for a meetup. Learned among other things, that much of college radio is programmed automatically. Stunned me.
Hope we had a small enough size for her…!
Next stop Los Angeles…