Pandora is an online streaming service that offers you free, personalized radio that plays music you’ll love. Get to discover new music and enjoy old favorites at pandora.com. Start with your favorite artist, song, or composer, Pandora calls this a seed song; and Pandora will go ahead to create a list of songs that share the same ‘DNA'(qualities) with your seed song for you to listen to and enjoy. You can also influence the way these songs are classified by following a few tips and tricks that will be useful for customizing the pandora station.
How Pandora Chooses Music/customizing pandora station
Pandora has labeled over 800,000 songs for its “music genome – that is, breaking down the musical qualities that Pandora considers its DNA.
Pandora goes to great length in defining the characteristics of each song in its genome, which is done by real people, not machines.
Examples of how specific songs may be characterized include:
- Mellow rock instrumentation, folk influences, disco influences, subtle use of vocal harmony
- Acoustic rock instrumentation, subtle use of vocal harmony, acoustic rhythm piano, extensive vamping
- Electronica influences, rhythm-and-blues influences, subtle use of vocal harmony, synthetic sonority
- Mellow rock instrumentation, subtle use of vocal harmony, intricate melodic phrasing, minor-key tonality
- Female lead vocals, minor key tonality, catchy hooks, mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation
Each of these groupings of qualities — their music genome — relates to a different station. While a song is playing, you can find out its DNA by clicking on the menu and choosing “Why did you play this song?” or “Why this song?”
In addition to the “Why This Song” feature, you also have access to the biography of the artist(s) that are performing the song, which provides insight into their life and career(s), as well as discussing other related significant recordings they have made.
Tools For Customizing Your Stations
Pandora provides tools to help you build stations to your taste.
Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down – This is the most basic tool for guiding Pandora in the direction of the kind of music you want to hear on a station. The text on this feature should read “play more — or less — of this song” instead of “I like — or don’t like — this song.”
Use the Thumbs Up button while a song is playing to tell Pandora that you want to hear more songs on this station that are similar to the current song. Conversely, use Thumbs Down to tell Pandora that the current song doesn’t fit your idea of what you want in this station.
It’s important to note that when you Thumbs Down a song, it only means that you don’t want to hear that song on the current station. It doesn’t mean that you don’t want to hear the song on another station.
Add Variety –
Click on the station and “add variety” appears below the station name. Click on it. Here you can name a song or artist — or choose from a list of Pandora’s suggestions — that you want to add to the station.
Pandora now searches for the additional qualities of the new artist or song. The result should be a wider variety of music.
The “Add Variety” tool is a good way to spice up a station that is becoming boring. If the resulting station isn’t right, you can edit the station.
Editing the Station –
Because of Pandora’s licensing agreements, you cannot create a playlist of specific songs and titles to create a station. Instead, you must get creative in the way you shape the station. If your station was defined by Pandora, the station page will give you a snapshot of the seed songs and artists used to create the station.
Click on “options,” then click on “edit station details.” This will bring up your station’s page. There will be a list of the “seed songs and artists” along with all of the songs on which you clicked Thumbs Up. Here you can easily add songs and/or artists to help shape the mood of the station.
On this page, you can also delete songs from the Thumbs Up list if you feel it is affecting the choice of music.
How To Organize Your Pandora Stations/ customizing pandora station
As your list of Pandora stations gets longer, there may be a few favorites that you listen to often and want at the top of the list. Pandora provides you with the ability to sort songs by “date added” or “alphabetically.” This doesn’t help if your favorite station is “ZZ Top” and it was the first station you created.
To re-order your stations, you can simply rename them using a number at the beginning — “01 ZZ Top.” Continue to rename the stations with consecutive numbers so they come up in your desired order.