I had the privilege of stopping by the 24-hour gourmet eatery they call the Googleplex to speak to a great group of enthusiastic and curious Pandora listeners last week for google’s tech talk series. I didn’t partake of the food, having already eaten lunch, but really enjoyed the discussion during, and long after the meeting had ended. All sorts of great ideas from a sizeable, tech-savvy crowd. Thanks to Greg Powel for inviting me down and for all the great support spreading the word about the SaveNetRadio campaign. (photos courtesy of Everett)
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Google has certainly been a bountiful source of new listeners for us…


…so it was nice to go down and meet people in person. Not surprisingly, there were many questions about how to make our playlist better with the data we’re collecting.
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Over the past year we’ve made many improvements to the service, not the least of which is being much more pro-active about incorporating the thumbs feedback. With well over 500 million pieces of thumb feedback rolled into the system, it’s fair to say that Pandora is now very much a hybrid of musicological connections, and collaborative contextual feedback from listeners. Hopefully, the best of both worlds.
The campus certainly has a real buzz about it – felt like I was back in my college dorm…
Tim (Founder)

Comments

  1. Steve D.
    June 17, 2007 at 11:04pm
    Wow...I just read an article in the Monday (6.18.07) Wall Street Journal ("Internet Radio Races to Break Free of the PC")about the newest effort by Internet radio services to offer their wares for mobile users, and was surprised to read that Tim Westergren denigrated upstart Slacker.com. According to the article, "Mr. Westergren is aware of Slacker, but dismisses many of its forthcoming products as 'vaporware'" I'm assuming/hoping the article quoted Mr. Westergren out of context. Can't we all just get along? I like Pandora, but I like Slacker too.
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  2. Canada Loves Pandora
    June 17, 2007 at 11:39pm
    As a Pandora exile, I am having major withdrawl syndromes. I mean, Last.fm is 'ok' at best. In fact, what I find more interesting about last.fm is not so much about the music, but how it does its 'Scrobbler' profiles. I hope when (or if) I get back into Pandora, you guys incorporate the social scene with your Flash interface. For example, if you guys can mix this: http://www.last.fm/music/Jane+Jensen/+fans with this: http://www.airtightinteractive.com/projects/related_tag_browser/app/ I will be able to explore new music even faster! http://video.google.com/googleplex.html Speaking of google, I remember mentioning pandora.com to somebody at http://google-d-s.blogspot.com/ Great people to talk to over there! My brain is seriously draining right now. http://www.programmableweb.com/api/flickr/mashups Will this help? I hope so!
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  3. Tim Westergren
    June 18, 2007 at 11:39am
    Thanks for the note, Steve D. As you can probably imagine, this was not an accurate reflection of what I said. It's hard to control such things unfortunately. I was asked what I thought of it, and said I hadn't tried it yet because the devices aren't out, so I can't say. I also said you need to have a healthy respect for anything Dennis does as he's a very talented entrepreneur. Kind of a bummer... but that's the way the cookie crumbles... Tim (Founder)
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  4. Michael
    June 19, 2007 at 8:44am
    Well, I am yet another one of your new "googled" listeners. If you want new and interesting ideas why not ask your listeners online? I have many ideas myself. I am also an engineer/ computer integrated manufacturing major. Get back to me if you decide my small input could make a difference.
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  5. Jay
    June 19, 2007 at 7:42pm
    Yes, congratulations on the WSJ piece. Too bad the writer tried to inject drama into an article that was very intersting without the non-existent rivalry. If you haven't done so already, I encourage you to drop the WSJ a line asking for a correction/clarification. On the upside: It helped spread the word about Pandora and RIAA's latest attempt to get an even bigger slice of the pie. j
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  6. Stephen
    June 20, 2007 at 12:35pm
    About the Millenium Act, radio stations are bound the same rules and there is no issue there. Especially given that a number of the performers are not American. Were you issued a cease and desist order or are you over reacting? If you have such am order then post it and get public opion focussed. Take care, Stephen
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  7. kwilson5
    July 10, 2007 at 4:43am
    why am I hearing christmas music in July?
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