We get asked these questions often: How can my stations have more variety? My station plays the same songs — how can I expand the repertoire?
The video below answers that, as well as this one: How can I hear the maximum number of songs by one artist?
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  1. Quenya
    August 19, 2009 at 8:47am
    OMFg this is the best internet radio site ever! I love it soooo much. I get to listwen to my fav songs and then you go and find songs simlar to those(do you know how much work that is?) Thank you for making this site X3
  2. Jaycephus
    August 19, 2009 at 3:48pm
    Kevin, I've managed to create a really great, multi-genre rock station, meaning it plays the right sub-genres, doesn't go off the track, and plays a high percentage of my thumbs-upped songs. I've got so many thumbs-up on it, that I can't really say that the following crit applies to this station. The crit is that I have a couple of 'contempory' bluegrass stations, one of them created by seeding it with the Be Good Tanyas and a few songs that fit this relatively narrow genre. I've held off thumbing down a lot of stuff, and just sleeped them, since so many artists were utterly new to me, and I didn't want to end up with a two-thumbs-downed-artist before I found a good song. So a lot of artists and songs play, and the thumbs-upped songs play far more rarely on this station than others. But the worst problem is that a sub-set of thumbed-up songs play repeatedly over time, and a set of thumbed-up songs never seem to play AT ALL. I know that the seeds and thumbs-up/down drive the song selection, but if a song is thumbed-up, it should have an ever-increasing preference to play based on idle-time, so that even if it is totally outside the preferred selection criteria, it will eventually play. BTW, my techniques of discovering music on Pandora are completely useless unless I sign up for One, which I did. You have to be able to thumb-down, sleep, or otherwise skip in order to discover music you like in anything like a week or month time-frame. As it is, even on One, the restrictions limit new-music discovery to something like a handful of songs per month unless I go outside Pandora. It would be nice to have a longer sleep period, or a series of preferences for a station that includes things like sleep duration, genre-weighting, sleep-reset, and a whole host of other tweaks. I'd love to see a switch for whether two-thumbs down causes the artist to be banned, or a pref for how many thumbs-down it takes to ban an artist. Regarding variable-weight thumbs, how about either a no-play thumbs-up, meaning the song is GREAT, ITS PERFECT, IT'S EXACTLY WHAT THIS STATION SHOULD PLAY, except it should never, ever play on this station again, due the fact that it uses explicit language, but doesn't get filtered out by your system, or otherwise offends me in a non-genome-specific way. A no-weight Thumbs down would also be useful, since there are songs that are kind of BLAH, but thumbing them down would tend to push the station away from the flavor I'm trying to engineer. Some songs can have all the right genes, and still hit a sour note!! It would also be nice if Pandora added the means to add a song from the song's Pandora page directly to a station's seed or thumb-up list. Besides cutting down on the two-step process of searching Pandora, and then jumping over to add the song on your station page, it will help with the fact that the song-seed Add function doesn't work well at adding certain songs on Pandora. Specifically it falls down on songs that include '(live)' in the name, or have very long, involved names, such as is common with classical music and operas. Even if you copy and paste the EXACT name of the song, the Add function fails to 'find' the song.
  3. Me
    August 19, 2009 at 4:58pm
    I use Pandora often. Today I saw the ad. for a desktop version. I was prepared to buy hoping that its performance will be better. But then I saw it is based on Adobe AIR. Flash and AIR suck. Many times I see when I have Pandora open, my browser (Firefox 3.5.2 or IE8) is using a lot of memory and using a lot of CPU, typical problems with Flash. If it was based on Silverlight or something better, I would have bought it today.
  4. carlos
    August 20, 2009 at 8:27am
    to bad free music is over! oh well good things don't last forever.
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