Tonight we’re launching a new set of RSS feeds powered by Pandora’s listenership – that’s you! With these feeds you’ll be able to keep up to date on your friends’ stations and favorite songs from any RSS aggregator. You’ll also be able to watch as the Pandora community’s favorite songs, artists, and stations ebb and flow.
To quickly get started playing with our feeds, you can visit http://www.pandora.com/feeds where you’ll find some simple tools for generating Pandora feed URL’s. At this point we’re providing 5 distinct feed categories:
– A listener-specific feed of favorite songs: keep track of the songs your friends are discovering
– A listener-specific feed of stations: keep a running list of your friends Pandora stations
– A Pandora-wide feed of the top-rated songs playing on Pandora*
– A Pandora-wide feed of the top-rated artists playing on Pandora*
– A Pandora-wide feed of the most-shared stations playing on Pandora*
For each of these feeds, you can control the number of items you want to receive, as well as the time period you’re interested in. For example, maybe you want to get back the top-10 best-rated artists playing on Pandora over the course of the last week. Visit the feed generator page for the all the details.
Once you’ve created a feed URL it’s a simple matter of subscribing in your favorite aggregator (for example, My.Yahoo!, live.com Bloglines, NetNewsWire, etc.). Your friends can subscribe to your feed of favorites and then they’ll be notified each time you discover a great new song. For a really neat trick, add your Pandora favorites feed to the Mac OS X “RSS Visualizer” screensaver for a cool animated show of everything you’re finding on pandora.
About the Beta: In addition to setting these feeds up so that they’ll render nicely in your aggregator (with album art and so forth — including CSS classes so you can customize till your heart’s content), we’re also using RSS 2.0 with namespaces to include a fair bit of metadata about the items as well. So if you want to know the Album or Artist name, it’s in there and expressed in the musicbrainz.org “mm” namespace; if you want the iTunes or Amazon purchase URL’s they’re in there too in their respective namespaces. To cover the cases where no existing namespace would do, we’ve created a pandora namespace for additional information. For example, a URL that you can use to create a Pandora station from a song is delivered in the Pandora namespace.
Our use of existing namespaces is one area where I’m particularly interested in feedback during the beta period. Drop a note to pandora-support@pandora.com with “RSS Beta” in the subject line if you’d like to share your perspectives and feedback with us. I’m looking forward to talking with you about it. You are also invited to leave your comments here on the blog and we can have a conversation out in the open; that’s always fine with us.
I’m really excited about this new dimension of Pandora; we’ll certainly be adding more feeds over time (for example, a feed that captures all of your thumbs up/down feedback would surely be a great thing). It will be fun to see what the community does with all this.
* Known Issue: The top song, artist, and shared station feeds are being calculated from data that we’re collecting starting today and they’re updated on a daily basis. Expect that it will take 24 hours or so for these feeds to populate with items.

Comments

  1. Cal Evans
    February 16, 2006 at 11:33am
    +1 for "What I'm lestening to" feed. =C=
  2. Indian Stallion
    February 16, 2006 at 9:07pm
    Request for "Last 10 Songs played" feed
  3. Rob
    February 17, 2006 at 12:32am
    you guys are doing wonderful things with Pandora, and the feeds are working proof. You have already jumped the perverbial wall that others are stuck behind when it comes to media players. I personally listen to Pandora over my Launch! subscription.
  4. Chris
    February 22, 2006 at 8:49pm
    This thing is spreading like wildfire. I go to school in Ohio and everyone I've showed uses this over their own personal music collections. I haven't listened to my Winamp collection in months. I know this is all relatively new but has there been any progress in making this a widget?
  5. zohar
    March 01, 2006 at 11:45am
    Guys: great job! I love it. Suggestion: why not make a kind of XML feed for each station we create so wec put it inside itunes as a radio station?
  6. Adri
    March 09, 2006 at 1:13am
    What a great experience this is! On my blog you can find a movie called: loose change second edition. You can directly see it; I wonder if it's possible to share my musical prefs directly with the people that read it?
  7. robin
    March 30, 2006 at 10:51am
    Hi... Another vote for 'what I'm currently listening to'. I think it would be really great if it displayed the current station and then listed the current song playing or perhaps even a list of last 10 songs played.... I hope this feed becomes available soon. :) Also, top 10 most played songs might be a nice option... I am a new user and really like pandora alot and am (really) considering subscribing to the full service, but I would definitely want to have the option of what I am listening to... Anyhow, overall I really like pandora and I appreciate the work that everyone has put into it. Thanks & kudos to everyone involved. robin
  8. Timmy Woo
    July 16, 2006 at 10:02pm
    an album art url tag would be great, at the moment, i'm having to parse the content for it. I'm working on some very nice site widgets, i'll submit them when i have them nice. What i'm currently listening to would be very useful. As would a prieview button enclosed in the nasty table content. Might temp me to use it lol.
  9. charlie
    February 15, 2007 at 3:31pm
    Another vote for "What I'm currently listening to"!
  10. Eric Atkins
    July 03, 2007 at 8:01pm
    Here's another vote for the "what's I'm currently listening to" XML feed. I want to mash it with Yahoo Pipes! to build some enhanced Pandora peripheral apps.

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