Have you ever wanted to find more bands similar to your all time favorites? Pandora, using the Music Genome Project by Pandora Media Inc., will do the searching for you. Pandora is a robust radio repository that analyzes your listening habits and recommends radio stations you might like.
Pandora tailors the radio station to your specific musical taste on the iPhone or iPad. Start with creating a Pandora account and then picking a song or artist to start your first radio station. Based on the songs and artists you input as the ‘seed’, Pandora uses 400 subcategories like vocal harmonies, key tonality, and rhythm syncopation to select the next song.
The artist, title of the song, and album title are displayed on the top middle of the screen. If a song pops up that doesn’t curry your favor, the handy thumbs up and down buttons come into play at the bottom of the screen. Also included are the standard play, pause, and skip forward buttons but there is limit to the number of times you can press the skip button per station. Other options include artist and soundtrack background information as well as the reason Pandora selected the song.
A bookmarking menu is available in case an artist or song catches your interest and want to follow up on it later. Or if you’re in a buying mood use the same menu to open iTunes and make a purchase. Every now and then a commercial will pop up in the form of either a picture ad or short flash commercial. The former you close by tapping the small 'x' button on the top left corner and the latter you must patiently wait out but isn’t a nuisance.
Pandora will continue playing in the background while accessing other apps on your iDevice and automatically pause for an incoming call. If you’re an audiophile, I suggest putting the Cell Network Audio Quality on the higher quality audio in the settings menu even if it does come with the occasional long pause during radio streaming.
With a station menu list that can hold up to 100 stations, Pandora is the ultimate streaming radio app available for everyone from music junkies to commuter listeners.
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