I asked her, where did you get all these songs?? She said, "I'm on Pandora"
Being one that likes to keep up with the latest and greatest new toys, I felt stupid asking her what Pandora was... In the end, it's basiclly another Internet Radio feed.
The kick ass thing about Pandora is ITS FREE, (some restrictions apply) and all you have to do is type in an artist, and their system will build you a custom playlist of that artist, and others that fall into the same genera, and years.
My next question was, Ok, so how do we get Pandora to work on the Squeezebox ?!?! They all said, it can't. It's a Flash driver web app... ((like that was going to discourage me))
So I went web-digging... and here's what I found:
You can set up a Pandora account on their website, or right on the Squeezebox, all you need is an email address and a PW.http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=87718
I believe you go to mysqueezebox.com, go to the 'App Gallery' and install Pandora. Then configure it, entering your account email and password info. Then to Player Settings and make sure it's enabled.
It's a bit confusing, I know. It's not really an 'app', and it's not really 'installing' anything. All you're actually doing is configuring the account and enabling a menu item to show up.
COOL APP... TONS of FREE streaming music, and pretty much exactly what you want to hear all the time.
The FREE WEB APP iis supposed to be good for 40 hours of free music per month, and then .99 for the rest of the month, or you can pay $36 for a FULL YEAR on unlimited use.
But for some reason, running Pandora through the Squeezebox is NOT using up any of the 40 allotted hours... I'll let you know if it cuts out in the next couple days or not.
Pandora Radio (NYSE: P) is an automated music recommendation service and custodian of the Music Genome Project available only in the United States. The service plays musical selections similar to song suggestions entered by a user. The user provides positive or negative feedback for songs chosen by the service, which are taken into account for future selections.
While listening, users are offered the ability to buy the songs or albums at various online retailers. Over 400 different musical attributes are considered when selecting the next song. These 400 attributes are combined into larger groups called focus traits. There are 2,000 focus traits. Examples of these are rhythm syncopation, key tonality, vocal harmonies, and displayed instrumental proficiency.
The Pandora media player is based on OpenLaszlo. Pandora can also be accessed through many stand-alone players, such as the Roku DVP (formerly Netflix player) Reciva-based radios (from companies like Grace Digital, Sanyo, and Sangean), Frontier Silicon-based connected audio systems, Slim Devices, and Sonos product(s). On July 11, 2008, Pandora launched a mobile version of their software for the Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch through the iTunes App Store. Pandora is also available for Android phones (such as the Motorola Droid), BlackBerry platforms, WebOS (used on the Palm Pre and Pixi), and Windows Mobile devices. Pandora was the provider for MSN Radio until MSN discontinued their internet radio service on June 18, 2008. A modified version of Pandora has been made available for Sprint Nextel.
The service has two subscription plans: a free subscription supported by advertisements, and a fee-based subscription without ads. A free account user may reach the streaming limit of 40 hours per month, and continue unlimited streaming by paying $0.99. There are also advertisements in "Pandora Mobile" for mobile phones and the "Pandora in The Home" computer appliance. Most users choose the free subscription.
As of March 2010, Pandora had 700,000 tracks in its library and 48 million users who listened for 11.6 hours per month on average.
In May 2010, Pandora was named in Lead411's "2010 Hottest San Francisco Companies" list. In January 2011, Pandora met with bankers to consider a possible $100 million IPO. The company officially filed with the SEC for a $100mm IPO on February 11, 2011. Pandora officially began trading on the New York Stock Exchange with ticker symbol "P" on June 15, 2011 at a price of $16/share, giving them a valuation of nearly $2.6 billion.
During the first three months of its 2011 fiscal year, Pandora reported $90.1 million in revenue with a $300,000 loss.