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Friday, June 16th, 2006
8:26 am
Hi All,

There have been three posts recently at the pandora blog talking about new features. If you don't have the feed (and why wouldn't you), you might want to go read them there.

Sunday, June 11th, 2006
2:33 pm
Rolling banners for Artist & Album names!
Pandora has some slick new itty bitty features, or allowing things to stay small but give you all the info anyway. You put your cursor over the artist or the (new feature) album name, and it will roll sideways so you can read the whole thing. Also when you click on the album icon you have buy links right there.

There is probably more new. I'm listening instead of inventorying right now :)
Saturday, June 10th, 2006
10:00 am
They really did change something in the move/update last night.
Whoa, look at the difference in the length of the numbers. I wonder if the old links still work even
9:53 am
A better all Latin station -- Fina Estampa
Here is a more purely all Latin station, Fina Estampa. Gipsy Kings have crossed over too much for a station based on them to stick to Spanish.


This isn't quite as folky as I want to listen to all the time
Wednesday, June 7th, 2006
10:02 am
Spanish Music station.
Spanish music station, finally.


based on Gipsy Kings. This is a work in progress, so it may go through some changes.

I will thumbs-down any English lyrics I hear come by for this station. (Not that it wouldn't be good music, but just not for this station.)

Feel free to tangent off and post your owns Spanish music stations :)

I wish I could roll rrrrrrrrs decently too.
Friday, May 12th, 2006
3:08 pm
Kinda think Pandora's musical choices are better now
There has been talk on the official pandora blog about the choices coming in from a wider scope than they used to. I have noticed a bit of a difference, and I think it is either including more of what I want to hear, or they have simply made available more music that fits the criteria. Either way, good show.

(reminder, there is a feed of the official pandorablog you can subscribe to in LJ)
Wednesday, May 10th, 2006
3:34 pm
Solo piano jazz
Anyone may listen to my new station at http://www.pandora.com/?sc=sh25189718

Note the difference from the piano-jazz one before, which was really small-combo jazz featuring pianos. Maybe I'm the only who cares, but to me there's a difference. :-)
Tuesday, May 9th, 2006
7:50 pm
Customer Support at Pandora
I am reprinting this from the Pandora feed, so that you know you have a go to lady at Pandora for comments and such. If you want to chat with her, it would be best to follow the link and post something at their blog.


"Hi, I'm Lucia. I'm your Listener Advocate here at your musical playground, Pandora. I've had the pleasure of "meeting" thousands of you already, via email. Pandora employs me to make sure that your Pandora-related needs and wants are being paid attention to. Back when Pandora was being tested on a few listeners, I was a die-hard Panfanatic and couldn't stop talking about Pandora to anyone who would listen. Now that I work here, it's considered a good thing that I obsess about Pandora all the livelong day.

"If you were to walk around our office on any given day, you would hear numerous exciting (and excitable) discussions about how to make Pandora better. This team is at work night and day coming up with new ideas and new-and-improved plans. The Pandora brainiacs work passionately at bringing you the best music, the best service, the best of the web.

"One of my favorite parts of the job is hearing your anecdotes about Pandora. Many of you are kept saner at work because of Pandora. You tell us that your city only offers up tired radio stations, and that Pandora has saved you from musical boredom. Others of you have abandoned your radios and even your ipods because of us. And many DJs have written to us to thank us for providing them with a perfect way to find new tunes. Pandora has become your musical companion, and that makes me happy! All we want is for you to find music that moves you, and for more moving music of all kinds to be heard."
Sunday, May 7th, 2006
8:24 pm
3tunes Downloads music from Pandora.com
"3tunes is a time-shifting application for the website Pandora.com. It grabs the music information from the titlebar of Mozilla Firefox and then saves the music with the correct track information, in the format of %artist% - %title%.mp3. "

read more | digg story
Monday, May 1st, 2006
11:18 am
Mexican/Texan music
Hey All,

I just heard some mainly Spanish language music playing on Pandora:

I don't have a good station yet, but here is a song that is there:
Mexico Americano by Alejandro Escovedo.

Also seems that new songs are coming up in at least one of my established stations, so the algorythm might have changed a bit, for the better I think.

Hope y'all are doing well.

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006
7:37 pm
New station
DrGroove: http://www.pandora.com/?sc=sh20961619

I took some favorites of mine from drfaulken's Relaxed station and started a new station of my own, smiting most of the vocal tracks that popped up, since I can't work to English lyrics. Result: groove, dub, electronica, some ambient lyrics, and, rarely, still some English lyrics that can be made out (it's like whack-a-mole).

Also posted to my journal.
8:22 am
Pandora et al. present on Computer Human Interface at BayCHI
I attended a BayCHI talk last evening. There were interesting presenters from netflix, pandora, digg, del.icio.us, and radio360(? I might have gotten that name a bit wrong). I will probably write up my thoughts on their presentations sometime soon, but I think I want to listen to the podcast of it first. I didn't take notes this time. And it isn't quite up yet, but here is where it will be:


And there are other talks there already if you want to do some mental chewing on computer human interface issues.

Crossposted in my journal.
Tuesday, April 11th, 2006
2:56 pm
Pandora on BayCHI panel tonight
Tom Conrad of Pandora is going to be on the BayCHI panel in Palo Alto this evening starting at 7:30 (they rarely really get started on time, but they can fill up so it is good to be prompt).

You can follow this link for more info, directions and such.


No I won't be the one wearing the Pandora t-shirt. It is at home. This is way short notice, but it promises to be an interesting talk with many other promising panelists too.
Monday, April 10th, 2006
8:42 pm
Great Ray Charles'ey Station
I was actually trying to make a station that played songs from musicals. I ended up with a station that is a joy. I feel like some record collector has given me the key to the music room and strict instructions not to scratch the records. It is here:


hmm, when I sent that to myself, it got sent to the bulk mailbox. Not optimal. Oh well, now I know.

I am strangely charmed by this station playing the Muriel Cigar version of "Hey Big Spender" by Edie Adams.
Wednesday, March 29th, 2006
3:31 pm
Ghost songs are still ghosts
I tried to set up a station to hear "You Don't Walk" by New Grass Revival agiain, and it has now played other songs, including another New Grass Revival song twice, never playing that particular spiritual.

So, you can still use a song the system knows about to start a radio station, and the station will never play it. Sigh.

A totally different subject. An interesting thing I just learned is that "The -In- Crowd" is not just an incredibly good, smooth jazz defining, classic. It has lyrics! That's right, the Ramsey Lewis Trio had all that enormous success with a cover.

Good lyrics too. And do you know who wrote and sang it first? Who was getting the residuals from it's second whoosh through fame, that is still going on mind you. Well if you do, you are either older or smarter than me, or both. The Mamas and the Papas. I have a balad station partially based on The Mamas and the Papas, and it was a real suprise for me when that played.
Tuesday, March 28th, 2006
8:28 am
Hey, Thumbs Up!
Okay, a change they didn't mention is that it tells you when it is playing a thumbs up song with the "thumbs up" watermark we are used to, but only used to see when we first thumbs-upped a song.

6:10 am
Interesting Developments
There have been some upgrades at pandora.com. In case you don't get the feed:


I wonder whether the "I'm tired of this" status will effect others who listen to a shared radio station too. I hope it doesn't, and that makes it quite a significant change. Also, maybe ghost songs, the ones you pick that never play, now will play, but that will take some listening.
Sunday, March 26th, 2006
6:41 pm
Piano Jazz station

Next I may work on a choral music one, or an electronica-sans-vocals (I can't work to English-language lyrics).
Saturday, March 25th, 2006
8:29 am
RSS feed for Pandora blog
Hi there.

I have entered the wonderful land of RSS feeds, where other website blogs and news postings can be fed into your friends' page. The thing to sign up for is pandorablog, and you will be alerted, and linked, to new posts at their blog site.

Cool Eh?
Thursday, March 2nd, 2006
10:01 pm
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