With a growing customer base of 75 million active users each month and a total monthly listening hour that is fast approaching 2 billion, the leading music and podcast discovery platform Pandora, powered by the Music Genome Project is gaining popularity in the musical audio listening space.
Pandora is unique in that it strives to make user-customized, individualised listening suggestions based on your own unique music preferences. Pandora does not depend on genre, user connections or ratings to make its suggestions. How it works is it uses its special Music Genome that is composed of 450 musical attributes from melody, rhythm, form and composition in order to make highly-personalised recommendations.
With its highly specialised team of trained musicologists, Pandora captures all kinds of music details that you may not even notice initially, especially since each music analyst working on the Music Genome Project at Pandora typically has a four-year degree in music theory, composition or performance and undergoes extensive training in Pandora’s Music Genome’s precise methodology.
One disadvantage of Pandora is that it is only allowed in the US, so international users looking for a highly-personalized musical experience can consider getting Pandora unblocked using a VPN.
While Pandora offers a very straightforward platform for its users to interact with, there are five tips for the power-user to help you make the most out of your Pandora experience.
Customize Your Own Radio Station List Based On Songs, Not Artists
While Pandora offers you great flexibility in creating your own personalized internet radio stations based on different variables from artists, genres or albums, creating a station based on a particular song is what allows Pandora to give you the best results. If you went for the natural route by creating a station based on your favourite artist, this will narrow Pandora’s song selection to only play like-minded tunes for you. However, when you choose a song to create your new radio station, you allow Pandora to choose from a greater variety of songs, which gives you the chance to discover more new and varied songs that match your chosen song type.
Add Some Variety To Your Listening
A common challenge that many audio listeners will face is that it is easy to get bored after hearing the same rotation of music on radio again and again. Pandora solves this problem with their add variety button, which after you use helps by offering similar styles of music that you may not have heard of before. This adds in a bit of spice to your audio experience and helps you stay engaged all the time while being exposed to new songs every once in a while.
Similar to the add variety feature that we’ve shared above, Pandora also gives you the option to share ‘I’m tired of this’ so that Pandora can take note. The moment you feel sick or weary of one song, you can simply direct your mouse over the album artwork and tell Pandora of your preference. As a result, Pandora will temporarily take the song out of rotation, improving your musical experience(and your playlist) in real-time.
Be-Careful With Your Voting
Another feature that Pandora users may be familiar with is the ability to upvote and downvote songs that they come across. However, you may not be aware of the ramifications if you vote unwisely. If you give every song you like a thumbs up, you may actually be watering down your desired station since Pandora interprets this as a sign to broaden its scope of your desired station and automatically brings in artists and other songs that would crowden your playlist.
As for downvoting, it is also recommended to avoid giving the thumbs down to every song that you may feel temporarily put off by. Pandora identifies any artists who have received two downvotes from you and removes them completely from all your future playlists. It also automatically refrains from playing specific songs you’ve given a thumbs down for an entire month. Instead of downvoting songs that you may not like at the moment, simply skipping them and moving onto the next song will prevent them from being sent to the song graveyard forever.
In conclusion, Pandora is an amazing music and podcast discovery platform that allows you to create your own personalised internet radio stations. If you are a music lover and enjoy your own customized audio experience, then it is definitely worth trying out this amazing platform and mastering these small tricks to have a better user experience out of it.