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. Mark Forman
    March 10, 2006 at 12:45pm
    Pandora gang-way cool. It just keeps getting better and better. Musicians and music lovers sharing music fueled by love of music-excellent.
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  2. X-Evolutionist
    March 10, 2006 at 1:55pm
    I just found your site today. I really love it! I picked Rich Mullins, one of my favorite Christian artists. You've played songs that I like that I had never heard of before. Thanks! X http://spaces.msn.com/X-Evolutionist
    Reply
  3. slackdog
    March 10, 2006 at 3:40pm
    Thank you! It just keeps gettin better and better... I can't wait for the 'now playing' feed. That will rock.
    Reply
  4. erin
    March 11, 2006 at 4:21am
    This is such a neat idea. The only thing is, when I select (for the Favorite Songs list) the white box with no cover art and generate the html for it, it makes a white box with the songs AND cover art. =( Not that big a deal I guess.
    Reply
  5. mithriluna
    March 12, 2006 at 8:13am
    What a wonderful idea! I added it immediately to my new blog. It would be even better if there were some way to make 5 random favorites appear, instead of just the last 5 songs marked as favorite...
    Reply
  6. Lennart
    March 13, 2006 at 5:51pm
    Hi there, this is really cool to play around with. However in stations.js were the stations are generated in an unordered list, an unfinished p-tag is placed within each list element (li-tag). This is a bit annoying so could you please remove that from the script? List elements shouldn't be paragraphed so please don't complete the tag instead. :) Thanks for a great service.
    Reply
  7. Tom Conrad
    March 13, 2006 at 6:17pm
    Hi Lennart, You're right, there are some issues with the markup right now. We're rolling out some fixes tonight. Tom CTO @ Pandora
    Reply
  8. Erin
    March 14, 2006 at 1:02am
    Thanks for your (plural) help! I tweaked it a bit and it looks exactly the way I wanted it to. http://wordsnsounds.blogspot.com if you want to see it. Thanks!
    Reply
  9. Tom Conrad
    March 14, 2006 at 8:46am
    Looks great Erin! And nice first post over at your new blog. Tom CTO @ Pandora
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  10. andrew
    March 14, 2006 at 1:18pm
    When are you going to make an affiliate program? Currently I have my own "favorites" list that I have to alter by hand which links to itunes and makes me money from my music review website. I would rather use pandora's generated lists because it will stay current with what I'm currently listening to and that is simply awesome. But then I don't make money anymore. Any chance Pandora will have an affiliate program soon?
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