Another great get together in NYC. Started off a little badly as we waited a half hour for the film in the theare we were using to end. One of those 4 hour French epics…
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Thanks to everyone who patiently waited in the jammed lobby to be let in. Hope the free popcorn helped ease the hassle…
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Very lively discussion (set to the faint soundtrack of explostions and gunfire from the adjacent screening of ‘letters from iwo jima..’). One cool idea I heard was to allow listeners to put multiple thumbs up on song to indicate that it was a true favorite. Nice way to get additional ratings without adding a new menu.
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Some interesting feedback also about folks appetite for mobile Pandora. New Yorkers commute by subway primarily – so a phone-based service was less attractive as it wouldn’t get coverage. The solution there would have to be something more like ‘time-shifiting’ where you’d have Pandora downloaded onto your device. Tricky licensing issues of course.
There was also a fair bit of discussion about the advertising, and how it was being targeted. We’re trying to deliver the most relevant visual ads to listeners. It’s the best way for us to build a business and I also think (and hope) that it makes the ads feel less intrusive. Someone asked why we don’t charge for the service instead. A show of hands on who would pay I think quickly answered that question!
We could only accommodate a fraction of our NYC audience, so we’re looking forward to planning a couple more in the city.
Heading to Princeton, NJ for a town hall on the following night.
Tim (Founder)

Comments

  1. Andi
    February 18, 2007 at 2:25am
    Hi guys! it is a shame I am not in the US to get to these road trips from time to time. But I am really happy the Pandora Project is alive! Music is Happiness *yay* Take care! Andi (from Paris & Vienna, Europe)
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  2. p0ps
    February 18, 2007 at 7:46am
    I appreciated the opportunity to be in an audience of Pandora users and be able to discuss some issues with the hope of making Pandora better. From another's request, important to me, which I don't think got enough discussion was the desire to establish language, national and ethnicity groupings. As it is now, my Brazilian music station gets a lot of Spanish language music thrown in. From a musicality point of view, there are similarities, but I'd like to have all Portuguese language, Brazilian music in that station and have other stations for Spanish language music. Similarly, my Mexican music stations will often drift into Cuban music. Again, some of the music is similar, however, I want only Mexican music in that station. Likewise, in my Cuban music station, I don't want Mexican, Columbian, or other Spanish language music. Could we limit selections to specific a country of origin, when we like and limit to a specific language when we like?
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  3. Steven
    February 18, 2007 at 9:03pm
    This meeting was very productive- the group I attended with was more than satisfied with the up-front honesty you shared with us. Maybe every meeting would be more beneficial to have someone take notes for you or voice-record the session. I asked during the after event section about how I could help, because I was so charged and motivated by your vision and what the company is doing. I want to share with anyone out there reading this that Tim's response was "keep on clicking thumbs" and keep telling friends.
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  4. Ashley
    February 20, 2007 at 10:08pm
    Hi, I'm sorry i wasn't able to make the get together this time around, I would have loved to be there. I'll have to keep an eye out for the next time you come back to the NYC/NJ area. I would like to reccommend a few local artists, though. My favorites right now are the Josh Dion Band (www.joshdionband.com) and Jill Stevenson (www.jillstevenson.com) both out of NYC. Check them out if you get the chance. I look forward to seeing you at the next get together in the area. Thanks for creating a great site. Best, Ashley
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  5. PathRhino
    February 25, 2007 at 4:09am
    Word up, thanks for the window into the Pandora gENOME POEM AS i LIKe to call it, word-a-delia. love the site, it accompanies me into the work-o-sphere, i don't know how my boss feels, but i do have a pink floyd station for his listening enjoyment. that french film seemed to be quite drag, the last half hour i saw anyhowz. brand new thoughts recycling along the great chain of being. tim, i like the everyone is an individual approach a ton. also was feeling the musician middle-class concept. i feel as an unsigned rapper i could use a little more of that middle class mentality. don't always bring the bling, sometimes you just need to sing for coffee and a buttered roll, man, well earth balance i avoid dairy like the plague. signing off y'all, see you again, Bravo!
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  6. George
    February 27, 2007 at 3:30pm
    I like creating radio stations. Pandora is a good website. I am a big Hip Hop and R and B FAN. George Red Bank, NJ
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  7. luvchic
    April 20, 2007 at 3:37pm
    Hello anyone and everyone------"I am happy to be part of the now generation of music lovers and musicians and spiritual beings out there" I am a soul in search of all that Rocks me World, and I have plenty of stories to go there,,,,,Thank you for having me along the Journey ------"Happy Trails" sincerely ; Luvchic
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  8. michael
    March 31, 2008 at 9:55am
    hey what do you think about letting certain attributes be added or taken away from a station. for instance only male or female singers, or no country or only country what do you think ??
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  9. william burt
    July 13, 2008 at 1:04pm
    i love pandora music and the variet it has
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