We’ve been quietly rolling out a number of enhancements to Pandora.com the last few weeks and I thought I’d tell you a bit about them.
The biggest of the bunch is the launch of lyrics! This has been one of the most requested features for Pandora for as long as I can remember and the trick for us has always been to find a great provider of legal, fully licensed lyrics to share with you. Happy to say that we’ve found a great partner in Gracenote and last week we launched the first iteration of our lyric integration. To see the lyrics for the song you’re currently listening to just pull up the “about this music” panel underneath the player and select the lyrics tab. We’ll show you the first four lines of the song on the home page and you can click through to a second window that will show you the complete lyrics for the songs. Find a song that moves you? Click the share button to send them to a friend.
We’ve also been fiddling with the interface for adding more variety to your stations. Variety is a tricky subject when it comes to radio. We never want you to get bored with your stations, but a certain amount of repetition is welcome and expected. We’re constantly tweaking the core algorithm to impact station variety and we’re not done in that dimension. On the other hand, we’ve always had tools that allow you to expand the musical scope of a station by adding more song or artist “seeds” — but that interface has been largely hidden and only used by a small minority of our listeners. In a change that rolled out a few weeks ago we’ve added a “Add variety…” button to the player itself so that it’s easier to find and access. We’ve also updated the Add Variety panel to prompt you with a few ideas about artists you might want to add when you run out of your own ideas.
We also recently launched a “station gift” feature — this is your chance to make a kind of Pandora “mix tape” for a friend. Just visit www.pandora.com/station_gift, pick some favorite artists or songs, choose a design, and we’ll take care of the rest. Think of it as a musical e-card from Pandora.
One last tidbit you may have noticed is that we now support “bulk” purchase through both iTunes and Amazon MP3. Instead of buying songs one at a time, you can now use your Pandora bookmark list as a starting point for buying a whole bunch of music with just a single click. Click the “Buy All” button on your profile page to get started (and don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of chances to review your song selections before the purchase actually goes through).
We’ve had a lot of fun building these new features and we hope you enjoy using them. As always, we look forward to hearing your feedback and ideas in the comments.

Comments

  1. Alexandria
    March 04, 2015 at 4:23pm
    I study marketing and although I love Pandora I feel like this was a huge marketing error. I understand that there could be a legal issues in acquiring song lyrics, but you should have made it known to your users. A small advertisement that popped up for at least two weeks would have made other users and I less upset when we were looking for lyrics and couldn't find them. I request that your station look into putting lyrics back on the site. I appreciate your time and do hope that your station take all the feedback into consideration.~~~Alexandria
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  2. Jacey
    March 09, 2015 at 7:03am
    Would also really love to hear an update for lyrics. We miss them! My kids loved sitting and listening and reading along to the songs.
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  3. Sylvia
    March 09, 2015 at 2:23pm
    I agree! I miss being able to see the lyrics when I have my iPod playing Pandora. Has anything been resolved yet? Pandora should have let us listeners know about it too instead of just letting us find out on our own that they no longer provide song lyrics to the songs that are playing.
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  4. Cynthia
    March 10, 2015 at 6:54am
    I too miss the lyrics.
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  5. Pandora sucks
    April 11, 2015 at 8:57am
    As of last week I had it with Pandora, I cancelled the subsription after years of service. Hello I <3 radio.
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  6. Nas
    May 05, 2015 at 8:11pm
    Yeah.. Bring back the lyrics ...please?
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  7. Clara
    May 16, 2015 at 8:08am
    I just removed Pandora from my iPad. You removed the lyrics from the station and it is not the same. I prefer the lyrics than the information about the CD that you still kept. I love Pandora but without the lyrics is like listening to a music radio station. Please bring it back.! Clara
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  8. Anne anonymous
    May 26, 2015 at 2:20pm
    Bring back the lyrics ...this is why I don't listen to Pandora often ....Spotify waaaayyyyy better u have unlimited skips and can pick any song u want ...
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  9. Reyna
    May 28, 2015 at 8:01am
    Please Please bring LYRICS back, since my son loves music, it helped my him with reading, this was a (fun) way to make him read with out fussing and we would read together for hours and enjoyable too! Bring Back, Please?!
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  10. rob
    June 16, 2015 at 12:16pm
    How can you explore something you already had?? I am waiting on Apple to open there doors on music as Pandora having the Lyrics made it a good deal. Exploring my ass!!
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