From the Canyon Edge -- :-Dustin

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Really Enjoying Pandora

So I tried Pandora a few years ago, but initially wasn't that impressed. And besides, I had developed Musica, a web application for browsing and streaming my own music over the web.

In May, I received a Chumby as a gift from Canonical. Five months later, I use it almost exclusively as a Pandora front end, attached to a nice set of powered Klipsch speakers.

It took a few minutes, but I entered about 40 of my favorite artists, and now use a QuickMix of those artists plus other similar artists.

They've done a great job creating applications for lots of platforms. I can stream Pandora now through my:
  • Ubuntu computers
  • Chumby
  • Palm Pre
  • G1
  • Samsung Blu-ray
I finally decided to shell out the $36 for PandoraOne, and I've been very satisfied. The extra bitrate, lack of commercials, and unlimited play time have been very nice.

I still use Musica when I want to listen to something very specific. But Pandora has been really nice for an eclectic mix.

On the down side, it appears that Pandora is only available to IP addresses in the USA. Apologies to readers outside of the USA :-(