We had a great get-together last Thursday in our very own hometown of Oakland, CA at a perfect spot called Preservation Park, right downtown.

Town Hall_Oakland 12.8.jpgA really large crowd showed up, loaded with lots of questions and comments:
There were many questions about how we decide what music goes in Pandora, and on how artists are paid – including from a number of musicians whose music is on Pandora. There were also questions and suggestions about advertising on our site – is it targeted? For example, one married attendee asked about the frequency of dating site ads…I assured her this wasn’t a hint of any kind!

Pandora is very conservative on this issue, and it is heartening that our listeners also have a pragmatic attitude about the business benefits – good thing considering how Pandora works!

Folks also had a lot of questions about specific stations (Allman Band, Led Zeppelin, flamenco music…) with an equal mix of complaints and compliments – one thing that our attendees learned, as did I, is that our suggestion option isn’t as obvious as it could be. Need to fix that.

I was particularly struck by the number of people who were interested in Pandora’s relationship to the local community, and how we see community work and philanthropy in terms of our company’s mission. That’s a major topic inside Pandora right now. We’ve been doing a lot, but are thinking strategically about how to expand. Oakland definitely has a lot of community pride. It’s great to finally be able to meaningfully contribute to our community.

Really heartwarming question from someone to close off the evening: “how can we be better listeners?” Pretty cool 🙂

Tim (Founder)


  1. Prime
    December 28, 2011 at 12:59am
    hay whats good I'm Prime I have some great music for you to listen too. Any collabs gimme your feedback and spread the word http://www.reverbnation.com/theofficialprime
  2. Adde
    December 28, 2011 at 4:05pm
    Guys, you really need to expand to Europe. I was in Bay Area for 6 months, got hooked on Pandora, and now back in Stockholm nothing really cuts it anymore, just love how your engine picks out songs. So yeah, I've been telling everyone how good it is, so please sort out the legalese so we can listen to it over here :) Regards, Adde
  3. v.k.
    December 29, 2011 at 12:38pm
    I'm late to the party but why, oh why, did Bookmark disappear. I used it to buy songs all the time, and now I can't. So, when I'm listening in my office, if I hear a song to remember, I open up Shazam on my phone so I can save it for later. I'm a staunch supporter of paying for my music, so I buy a lot... through Shazam.
  4. Don
    December 31, 2011 at 5:05pm
    Listeners are happy with Pandora's town hall hometown ...Folks also had a lot of compliments.
  5. bob white
    January 01, 2012 at 9:25am
    Totally frustrating. Can no longer Move songs to the Radio Station I wish to select. It's like only PANDORA knows where I should place my music. Fact is this old timer thinks Pandora, although doing a fine job, doesn't know all the music I know. rw
  6. Jeff Boos
    January 02, 2012 at 12:14pm
    Hi Bob, Jeff here from Pandora... There are two ways to move a track to another station: 1. Hover over the album art on the Now Playing page, you should see an arrow. Click on it and select that option from the menu. 2. Click on the album art in the top right of the page - the menu with that option should appear. Hope this helps. Thanks for listening! PS if you ever need help with Pandora, visit help.pandora.com (you can email us from that page as well!)
  7. Casino
    January 03, 2012 at 8:38am
    where I should place my music. Fact is this old timer thinks Pandora, although doing a fine job, doesn't know all the music I know.
  8. intoto
    January 03, 2012 at 6:11pm
    Hi Pandora I also work in the online business and find it very strange that your service is not available in Denmark.
  9. Jeff Boos
    January 04, 2012 at 12:49pm
    Hi there, Jeff from Pandora here... Sadly, we can only legally offer Pandora services to listeners located in the United States. This applies equally to free and paid accounts, as well as Pandora on all computers and supported devices. Audio content streaming regulations differ from country to country, and we are still working on acquiring the proper licenses to accommodate them in each country. You can sign up to be notified when this happens by going to http://pandora.com/restricted Thanks for your patience in the meantime.
  10. Koffeintabletten
    January 06, 2012 at 8:58am
    First of all thanks for maintaining this blog. I love Pandora and I enjoy listening to it every day. Thank you and good day.

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