Brief pause in Aspen, CO (blog post to follow on last night’s meetup here), giving me a chance to catch up on some meetup recaps. Two weeks ago I had a fun swing up to the green lands of the Pacific Northwest with stops in Seattle and Portland. Both favorite destinations when I was in bands… great music scenes.
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Tuesday was at the Seattle public library…


– an amazing modern structure right in the middle of downtown, held not surprisingly in the Microsoft auditorium. Public libraries are such terrific community ingredients. A terrific audience – lots of questions about the rates issue of course, which continues to be a theme of the town halls. Fitting given that local representative Jay Inslee is one of the lead sponsors of the Internet Radio Equality Act (he had a staffer at the town hall). Thanks again Mr. Inslee.
There was a lot of discussion about an API for developers to start building assorted guerilla products. Fortunately our CTO Tom Conrad was in attendance when the talk got technical. We’d love to enable that, but are also constrained by music licensing issues as well as the cost (hard to ensure enough advertising revenue to pay for the streams).
I also picked up a healthy number of CDs from local artists which is always nice, and received my first Twitter tutorial.
Portland was great. Blistering hot. We met in a only-in-Portland, reclaimed, all wood industrial space.. beneath a bridge. Thanks to Bryan from Disjecta for hosting our visit (and for the ride to the airport). Really felt like the perfect place for a town hall. Fortunately we had cold water for everyone.
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Portland has always been a unique place for me. It’s one of the most community-minded cities in the country in my opinion. I get a real sense of civic participation everytime I come through.
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There was a lot of discussion about the rates of course, but also lots of advice about playlist creation – finding different ways to get started on stations like mood, genre, musical attributes, etc. (we’ve actually just launched some new features that start down that path).
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Thanks for everyone for making this a memorable swing…
Tim (Founder)

Comments

  1. Sara
    October 09, 2007 at 9:55am
    I'm pretty sure I've told all the other music junkies I know about Pandora. I love it here! Thank You ( 35 min. north of seattle)
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  2. Tina Thomsen-Park
    December 20, 2007 at 1:54pm
    Hi - a friend introduced me to your station & I really love it. You NEED to come to Bellingham! We've got LOTS of great musicians here - one notably being Lydia McCauley - check her out.
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  3. Rich
    August 05, 2008 at 4:36am
    Pandora is great, the only improvement I can see is the ability to choose a song & hear it full length.
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  4. Shanna
    August 05, 2008 at 4:27pm
    What an amazing idea, thanks sooooooo much for providing this service. I listen to it when I have my computer on and even though it's for background music, i can't help noticing the music. Aside from the occasional rogue song, it's music I would play. I hope to catch you guys the next time you're in Seattle.
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  5. Sharon
    December 20, 2008 at 1:11pm
    Pandora ROCKS! I live in an area where I cannot get the big city radio stations and am limited to local music. Don't get me wrong, we have some GREAT local sounds, but I hear nothing new from "the outside world"! I have felt so out of touch coming from the Las Vegas music scene to Central Oregon. Pandora has saved me! Genius! Thank you! Bend, Oregon
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  6. Alee – Listener Advocate
    December 22, 2008 at 10:27am
    @Sharon--There is a frustrating lack of good radio in the sticks so glad we could help fill that void! -A
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  7. Sara Johnson
    December 28, 2009 at 10:31am
    A friend from New Jersey turned me onto your program and I LOVE IT! I am an old gal from Oregon coast, borned and raised in the South. I like old music, and yes sir, I am wallowing in 'hog's heaven.' Thank you from the bottom of my heart, you have done incrediable! Sincerely, Sara
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