Tonight we’re rolling out a really easy way to integrate your Pandora stations and favorite songs into your website or blog. For an example of what this looks like click here and look in the sidebar on the right-hand-side. You can add this kind of sidebar to your page by inserting just two lines into your homepage or blog template.
Let’s say that you’d like to share the stations you’re creating with everyone that visits your blog or personal homepage. We thought it would be cool if it was really easy to add these items to your page. To that end, we’ve created this new kind of feed to compliment our existing RSS feeds.
These new feeds are JavaScript includes that you can place into your blog or homepage template with one simple step. There are two different feeds. The first generates a nice looking list of all your stations. Your site visitors will be able to click to liste and it will always stay up to date with your most recently created stations. The second feed lists the songs your discovering on Pandora; choose from a range of styles including a compact version as well as a beautiful version that shows off the song album art. Your site visitors can click through to learn more about the song, listen to a sample, buy the track from iTunes, buy the album from Amazon, or create a new Pandora station from the song.
Creating the embedding code is really easy. Just visit this page: http://www.pandora.com/feeds#blog, pick a style, enter your Pandora username (your email address) and click the “Generate HTML” button. Copy the code that’s generated to the sidebar portion of your blog and you’re done.
For all the CSS hackers out there, you’re welcome to customize the display style with CSS. Each element has been given a unique id to make it easy for you to assign custom styles.
Update 3/13: We released a new version tonight that should make things work better in a wider variety of settings. In particular we’re using CSS that is a bit more explicit about what should be displayed and how. We’ve also updated the mechanism we use for opening new windows that should fix some problems with popup blockers. Thanks for your help and feedback on all of this these last few days.

Comments

  1. ouriel
    March 09, 2006 at 3:41am
    at last! was waiting for that. pity this cannot be more customized in terms of look and feel and size. but great job
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  2. gillo
    March 09, 2006 at 4:33am
    Great feature, thanks!! It'd be great to see weblogs' plugin developers working on it asap.
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  3. Tiago
    March 09, 2006 at 6:35am
    Hi. I loved the site and the idea of Pandora. Really cool stuff. You should try to make some kind of link of the songs to a songs database like AMG All Music Guide, with all the discographie, biographie and so on. There are great music bands playing in my station that I've never heard of. Hugs from Brazil !
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  4. Steve Forman
    March 09, 2006 at 6:56am
    This is great. I just added this to my blog site (news2know.blogspot.com) Wonderful. :)
    Reply
  5. Tom Conrad
    March 09, 2006 at 7:42am
    With a little bit of CSS you can make these look pretty much any way you want. When you generate the include for your page you'll get two lines back. The first is a CSS include, the second is the a JavaScrip include. To really customize the look, simply use the JavaScript include with the CSS include and then write your own CSS to control the presentation. You should be able to make it look just about any way you'd like. Tom CTO @ Pandora
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  6. Matt
    March 09, 2006 at 9:19am
    this is pretty sweet. I was just about to post something on my site about pandora too, I'll have to add this before I do!
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  7. Count Dooku
    March 09, 2006 at 10:42am
    I can't get this to work on www.livejournal.com I'd love to add it to my Info page but c'est la vie Still awesome idea and I am loving Pandora
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  8. Tom Conrad
    March 09, 2006 at 12:02pm
    Sadly LiveJournal, MySpace, MSN Spaces, and the hosted version of Wordpress don't at this time don't have a mechanism to support these kinds of includes. Until they open their platforms up a bit, there's not a lot we can do on these services. On the other hand, TypePad, Movable Type, Blogger and self-hosted Wordpress should all work great with this techniques. Drop us a note here or an email as you start putting a sidebar on your blog. We'd love to see them! Tom CTO @ Pandora
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  9. Melanie N Small
    March 09, 2006 at 3:47pm
    this has nothing to do with this blog i just wanted to say WOW hats off to PANDORA and all the people making this website possible! i am truly amazed at the variety of songs available. i love hearing new bands and songs so this is absolutely perfect. my friend told me about it yesterday and i am already hooked. would be even better if this was a downloadable program instead of a website. something you could minimize to the system tray. but still.. wicked Melanie
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  10. ignazio
    March 09, 2006 at 4:28pm
    I love Pandora.
    Reply

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