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Music At Your Fingertips

By: Roberto Sedycias

Do you love listening to the radio? If you are just an all around huge music fan, you might enjoy turning on the radio and listening to your favorite songs. But, the problem with the radio is, songs are spontaneous and it is hard to get a station that plays all the songs you like, or even any that filters out the songs that makes you roll your eyes in exasperation. But now, with Pandora Radio, you can create custom radio stations that are just for you.

Created by the Music Genome Project, Pandora radio is an automated music recommendation program that is an Internet radio station. You can access it from your computer or from an application that you place on your iTouch or iPhone, or you Android phones, your Slim Devices and Sonos or through Windows Mobile devices.

If you want to get Pandora, you can get it for free with the free subscription that still has many advertisements or you can get the one without ads for a subscription fee. Of course, with the former there are certain limitations to how much you can stream per month and to a few other features of the station.

But, if you love music and love the spontaneity of the radio, you will love Pandora. To begin, you select a station from their collection of over seven hundred thousand tracks. You can type in your favorite artist, or you can type in your favorite song, or even your favorite album. Pandora will present a list for you to choose from and then will begin playing a song or selection from what you chose. After that, Pandora will begin streaming songs that have a related style and sound to the one you chose. Various artists will appear, all of them somewhat related to the song or artist that you chose.

As each song plays, you will see a small thumbs up or thumbs down icon near the bottom and then it will be up to you to choose whether the specific choice Pandora made is pleasing to you. If not, they will take it out of the station and further optimize your station to songs that fit the original entry. If you do like it, they will broaden your search even further. If you put a thumbs down twice for one artist, that artist and their entire collection of work will be banned from your streams unless you have marked the artist positively elsewhere.

Pandora also provides you with a menu that will give you a variety of choices. You can choose to not play the song for a month, or a button asking why this song was chosen, or to move the song to another station, or bookmark it, or buy it. If you bookmark the song, you can go to your bookmarked tabs and you can listen to a sample of it again and then decide if you want to buy it off Amazon or iTunes. If you love music, then you will love this station that allows you to custom create a stream of music that is perfect for you. Not only will you hear songs that you love, but you will be introduced to related music and you might even discover a band that will become your very favorite through these means. Or you might hear a new song by an artist that you only vaguely knew before.

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