We’ve made a handful of changes tonight at Pandora. Among these are one you can just barely see, and one you can’t see at all.
The first is a tiny (some would say almost invisible) progress indicator underneath the album art for the currently playing song to give you an idea of how much time is left in the song. It’s just a tiny little stripe. Look for it closely.
The other change is a pretty big one, but you won’t be able to see it at all. You’ll have to listen for it. We’ve updated our playlist engine to play a greater variety of music on your stations. For some time we’ve known that we weren’t playing the full breadth of songs in the Music Genome Project collection. This was a problem with our approach to playlist generation; it really didn’t have anything to do with the size of the collection itself. We’ve been hard at work on this, and tonight we’re rolling out a significant upgrade to the playlist generator. Don’t expect to notice a big change right away, in fact it might take a few hours of listening before you notice at all, but it’s there. Your stations really will be playing all kinds of music that they wouldn’t have before. Hope you enjoy the new music.
One other feature in this release that’s worth pointing out is a new choice in Guide Us: “I’m tired of this song.” Let’s face it, there are some great songs out there that we’ve all heard just one too many times. Now there’s a way to tell Pandora that you’ve heard something one too many times: just click Guide Us and select the “I’m tired of this song” choice and we’ll put the current song back on the shelf and not play it again on any of your stations in the next 30 days.
As always, this release has a number of other subtle little changes; my favorite this time out is that the songs fade out as you skip or change stations. Just another tiny little detail.

Comments

  1. wylie
    March 30, 2006 at 12:49pm
    i absolutely love this site! i was telling my girlfriend that i would gladly give away my ipod (which i almost exclusively use in my car) if there were a version of pandora that offered streaming while on the go. any plans for this?
    Reply
  2. John Eric
    March 30, 2006 at 4:36pm
    I've been gone about two weeks and noticed the changes right away. Love Pandora enough to tell my friends. Keep up the good work.
    Reply
  3. Catherine B.
    March 31, 2006 at 8:38am
    I thought there was something funky at the bottom of the CD cover! I've only been listening to Pandora for a couple weeks, so I thought I just hadn't noticed the progression bar at the bottom. I'll listen for the differences in the music, though! And I know that everyone's said this before, but I love your site. It's straightforward, not too flashy, and has a very sophisticated look to it. there are no hidden surprises, save for what's expected, which is the music itself. To one who has only used (and regretted using) Yahoo's launchcast before, this is like radio station nirvana. Needless to say, I won't be leaving anytime soon. Thank you for all your hard work, Catherine.
    Reply
  4. understyled
    April 01, 2006 at 3:23pm
    Pandora is pure genius. UI designers should learn from its gloriously straightforward yet still attractive interface. And the custom Aphex Twin-inspired radio station it creates for me is orgasm-inducing. Thank you.
    Reply
  5. Tom Guerin
    April 02, 2006 at 1:52pm
    Fadeout is my favorite new feature, too! I would try to bring these ideas to a job interview, but you all don't seem to have any applicable postings, so here you go (but if Tim gets sick of his road trip, "Pick me! Pick me!"): If I had a shop/coffeeshop/restaurant/etc., I'd much rather have your service than Musak, HearMusic, etc. I could instantly change the atmosphere of my establishment based on the time of day, clientele (whether to please them or get them out!), or just my mood. Maybe you could even make it really cheap for places that don't mind hanging your branded flatpanel on the wall displaying ads and "Currently Playing" info. You might want to develop a "master" receiver that can set up to be controlled by any number of clients, so spread-out employees can do changes from the nearest workstation. Maybe a Palm/WindowsMobile app to control the master from a Treo/etc, too. I use the flashblock plugin in Firefox for various reasons, and I noticed there appear to be two flash programs, and I only need to run the one that appears second. If the upper one is or will be important for your business, you might want to try to implement it, although for the 50K(?) worldwide flashbock users, it might not be worth the effort. Can I buy some of your stock options off you?!?
    Reply
  6. Jay
    April 03, 2006 at 3:22pm
    Question/Suggestion At the risk of sounding fussy, is there a way to create a 4th tab in the Edit Station box: "Songs on Snooze" with an option to remove the song from the list? (As you can with the songs in the like/did not like tabs.) I know you all just added this feature and I don't mean to whine but, (sniff) I just sent a song to "sleep" for 30 days and immediately changed my mind. jk - who shouldn't be so danged indecisive...Or should I?
    Reply
  7. diffabled
    April 04, 2006 at 12:43pm
    On the lines of what 24may66 wrote, I was recently listening to my kraftwerk station, and I got a song that made me think- hmmm, I love this song, but its not what I would want on my jazz station, not on this one. So it would be cool to be able to send that song to another of my stations for when I want to listen to that sort of music, and not get that kind on that station.
    Reply
  8. Neil
    April 06, 2006 at 5:02am
    Guys, Pure genius! Simple but extremely powerful. Well Done!
    Reply
  9. phi
    April 08, 2006 at 9:38am
    Great work guys. One suggestion that i just realised is why dont you create a widget of pandora for mac osx tiger. they can stream the net and would be a very elegant way of promoting pandora for mac users (which are already iTunes users) Besides that, great work.
    Reply
  10. Joe Wilson
    April 08, 2006 at 3:13pm
    I really like the little indicator showing how much of the song is left... and the location is a creative one,something i have seen done before. Im always suprised at how many features can be packed into a little player.I enjoy minalism, because it can be very complex, and yet be uncluttered and packed full of features.. (hands clapping) done it again... ;)
    Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Please complete all required fields.
Required fields marked with *. No worries, your email address will not be published.
Leave a reply