For those of you who don’t know about Pandora, I am about to tell you what it is, and why it sucks. Pandora.com is a free internet radio service created by the Music Genome Project. The supposed draw of the service is that it customizes the music on a station that you create by choosing artists, songs and albums that you like. For example, if you enter Depeche Mode as an artist you like, Pandora will funnel songs and artists that are similar to Depeche Mode and their songs through the station. This sounds amazing, right? Well it’s not for several reasons: br>
Reason #1: If you hear a song or an artist you don’t like, you can rate it so it won’t play again by clicking a thumbs up or thumbs down – unfortunately, this feature doesn’t even work! How many goshdang times do I have to hear Christian rock songs by Reliant K disguised as “like Blink 182”? I don’t know how many times I have clicked thumbs down, yet it continues to play over and over again. And although you can create multiple “stations,” the ratings don’t carry over. So if I try to switch to a new station my recommendation does not carry over. br>
Reason #2: You can skip songs, but you are limited to 6 skips. Why? I think a song is awful, so I try to move on, but the next one sucks too, and so on and so forth. If I have tried to skip 6 songs, I am forced to listen to every song that plays thereafter for the next 60 minutes. Needless to say I use up my clicks in 5 minutes because this service is awful. br>
Reason #3: This is the most significant reason I hate Pandora – it never fails that 10 minutes into listening, Pandora crashes and/or slows down whatever else I have open on my computer. Isn’t the intent behind internet radio that we can listen to music at our desks? Well, unless you are allowed to sit and stare at your desktop all day, I wouldn’t recommend listening to Pandora while trying to do work, it’s just too painful.
I equate this situation to the whole independent coffee shop vs. Starbucks scenario – we all really want to patronize the indie shop, it’s good for neighborhoods, the environment and our souls, but inevitably, the wait is longer, they screw up your order, and not everything is always stocked. While I would like to support the Music Genome Project, their service sucks, so for now I will be on Yahoo! Music. Even if Yahoo does have some of the same problems, at least they don’t crash me. br>
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