Pandora music service

Just like anyone else, I installed Google Talk (smetty on Gmail, if you want to add me), but I had more fun discovering Pandora this weekend.

I read something about it on Scoble’s blog about a week ago, and applied for an account (invitation only). Two days later, the invitation had already arrived.

How does it work? You start with choosing an artist or a song. The service then creates a station that plays songs that are similar.

I tried a similar service before: Last.fm. I played with that for a while, but I didn’t feel the need to keep on using the service. Maybe the same thing will happen with Pandora. It’s to early to predict if there’s enough variation in the music they play. There’s already 2 things I would like to change: make it a standalone application and stream it on my airport express.

But I do believe this application will have a great future. First of all, it’s a legal application. It’s not possible to play a specific song, and you can’t rewind a song. More important, you can buy every song on Amazon or Apple iTunes. The preview of Pandora is free, once Pandora is publicly launched, you will have to subscribe (annual for $36 or 3 months for $12).

I choose “More than this” in a cover version off the 10.000 Maniacs as my channel. Viking has already tuned in. During the preview, friends you share a station with, also join the preview. So if you are interested, just reply with a valid emailadres. I have 24 channels to share. Once you have the invitation, you can create your own station. But hey, Smetty.fm sounds good.

Update 31/08: the sharing option changed a bit “Your friends do not need to be Pandora subscribers to hear your station. They can enjoy a 10-hour free trial, or begin a subscroption any time”.

U zegt?
  1. LukeM says:

    Coooool, I want to try! Can I have one of your invitations? 🙂

  2. Smetty says:

    It feels like Google: 23 invitations left 🙂

  3. Koen says:

    I would like one if there are still invites left.
    tnx.

  4. shannon says:

    Could you send me one too? I mean, we don’t know each other and all, but I heard a blurb on mpr about it this morning and it sounds…interesting.

    So I Googled “pandora music service” and your site was the first listed.

  5. Smetty says:

    Ofcourse Shannon.

    First on the Google list. That’s cool.

    I still like the service by the way.

  6. themask says:

    Me too!
    I got here thanks to the link on Scoble’s blog. I am very curious to try Pandora; it sounds cool, plus you and many others like it so much.
    I demand an invitation. I mean, I’d like to get an invitation. Ehr… I beg you. PLEASE!! 🙂

  7. Steve Borsch says:

    I was also very impressed. So much so I also did a post about it last night: http://borsch.typepad.com/ctd/2005/09/pandora_your_pe.html

  8. Mark Treon says:

    Pandora music service is really cool. It archived some very obscure classic rock when I typed in groups like: Camel , Rory Gallagher , Marillion , Statis Quo , just to name a few. I guess I passed too many songs , too many times though , because I think I broke it. It froze up on me and now the site is down. ):

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