I Don’t Get Pandora

Thursday, 21 August 2008 at 5:00 am Pacific USA Time.

People seem to rave about Pandora. I just don’t get it. I’m trying it for the 2nd time. I gave up after the first. And now on this second try, I am still hugely unimpressed. Why.

When I tell it I like a song, I thought that was going to be used to find more stuff I like or might like. I had no idea that marking a song as "I like it" means it would be played hourly. If Pandora can guess that I like Thomas Dolby because of other things I like, it should know that hearing "Clubland" by Elvis Costello even once a day is enough, even if I like that song.

It doesn’t let me skip songs I don’t like once I’ve reached a certain number of "don’t like it" songs per hour. Wait a minute. I didn’t ask to hear those songs. YOU picked them, and YOU picked wrong. Why make me listen to them? If I can skip some songs, why can’t I skip more songs?

So here I am, another day with Pandora open, and it’s playing me the same songs I already marked as "I like." That’s only like 30 songs, and I hear them hourly.

Now, Pandora is threatening to close shop because of paying royalties. Well you SHOULD be paying royalties, and not trying to weasel out of that. If you can’t afford to pay royalties, then I would rather see Pandora close down than make artists get less money. Artists get such little money as it is, and Pandora is nothing without those artists and their work. Let’s give these people their money.

If Pandora is so great, people will pay to advertise there, and subscribers will pay for the pleasure. I won’t be on that list, but if you’re that great, you’ll succeed. Nobody said a great service has to be free.

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One Response to “I Don’t Get Pandora”

  1. jentwo says:

    Have you tried last.fm? I don’t know how it compares to Pandora when it comes to repeated songs, but I found that I preferred what it played for me more than what Pandora played for me. No limit on the skips, either. I like it enough that I have a paid account.