How to Use Pandora

Being able to choose any music and have a steady stream of related songs and artists truly is an amazing app, and Pandora offers all this and more. Simply sign up for a free account by going to the Google Play store and downloading the Pandora app or signing up online at and clicking on the Register button.

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Once you have the app, it is time to create a channel. Channels can be a particular artist, song, soundtrack, bit, etc. The channel will play similar artists and songs using the technology Pandora pioneered called the Music Genome Project which uses similarities in the structure of music to find other artists and songs that match.

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It is a pretty good matching engine and you usually are pretty happy with its song recommendations. I find many new artists through Pandora, of which I would probably otherwise never have heard of.

Inside your station will be the current song playing and some control interface below it. There is a thumbs up and a thumbs down button. The thumbs down button is very useful for eliminating songs that you don’t want to hear again or that you have already heard enough. Do not use the thumbs up button at all if you want to discover new music. The thumbs up insures that the song will be played again on that channel, but this may not be what you want, especially after hearing it for the 20th time.

Instead, create several channels of your favorite artists and thumbs down what you don’t like. When you find a new artist or song you like, create a new channel for them. (You can do this on the home page) This creates the best environment for discovering new music.

How do you use Pandora? Sound off in the comments below:

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Written by: Jophiel Silvestrone

Jophiel Silvestrone has written 313 posts in the Tech Blog.

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