The Technical Operations staff at Pandora loves the Holiday season; the popularity of seasonal music means that December is one of our busiest months of the year. Now that everyone else is getting back to their normal lives, the Ops team is catching their breath and taking a moment to look back at some of the fun milestones from the end of 2012.

Pandora serves hundreds of millions of songs to millions of listeners – hundreds of thousands of gigabytes of music – every day. When you tally things up the numbers get so big, so fast that it becomes hard to wrap your head around. We decided to look for some creative ways to express the scale:

On Christmas Eve, you guys listened to more than 5692 years of music collectively – at the peak it was over 41 days of music being played every second!

If everyone tuned in to Pandora at that exact minute and wanted to sit down for a concert, they would fill more than 55 Oakland Coliseums – more than the combined population of Washington D.C., Vermont, North Dakota, South Dakota and Alaska. If we tried to make it a music festival, it would be like combining all three days of Coachella – sixteen times.
If you recorded all of that music on cassette tape it would stretch to the moon and back more than 5 and a half times.

The Most played holiday song was a short song at barely over 2 minutes long, but collectively you spent 7 years 21 days and 39 minutes listening to it on Christmas Eve. Any guesses on what song it was?

Christmas Day is just as exciting with all those new digital toys. If everyone who signed up for a Pandora account that day wanted to take a trip, they would need to charter more than a thousand Boeing 747 airplanes.

It was quite a year for us here at Pandora and we’re excited to really dive into 2013; building the servers, software and networks to make sure that the music you love is always playing. Here are some fun factoids about the people that work very hard every day to bring you all the music discovery and delight on Pandora:

myra.jpgMyra Chachkin
Senior System Administrator

  • Years at Pandora: 6 years
  • Favorite music discovery on Pandora: Sexteto Mayor — fantastic Argentinian tango
  • What’s playing on Pandora now: King Tubby — old-school dub reggae
  • Geeky hobby: Indonesian Gamelan
chris.jpgChris Cook
Lead System Administrator

raju.jpgRaju Kadam
System Administrator

  • Years at Pandora: 6 months
  • Favorite music discovery on Pandora: Yoga Radio
  • What’s playing on Pandora now: Asha Bhosle (Bollywood music)
  • Geeky hobby: setting up the office Replicator 2
james.jpgJames Kelty
Director of Network Engineering

john.jpgJohn Litell
Senior System Administraton

aaron.jpgAaron Porter
Director of System Administration


  1. Brook
    January 10, 2013 at 12:56pm
    Thank you! Love Pandora...
  2. James Brown
    January 10, 2013 at 1:34pm
    Big thanks to all of you for keeping my tunes flowing all these years!
  3. The Introvert
    January 16, 2013 at 8:45pm
    Wow, those are some good looking people! I can't thank pandora enough for all the great times I've had and continue to have listening to your fantastic online music service! May the tunes of music guide you!
  4. Dianne
    January 22, 2013 at 11:12am
    Thank you Pandora people.

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