Pandora iPhone App

Friday, March 6th, 2009 | 12:10 pm and filed in Music.

My latest iPhone obsession is the Pandora internet radio app which streams a tailored playlist to your mobile device. I’m sure I don’t have to go into too much detail about the service. In short, the beauty of Pandora is that the content has been carefully qualified, so when a user creates a custom station, the playlist contains both the music desired and songs that are similar to the initial selection. Over the past few years, the catalog has deepened and contains some great obscure artists as well. The site also features some great podcasts on music production:

If any audio software or sound library company is listening - there’s a bit of magic in this technology that could be applied in a commercial sound library product to help people search through their vast collections

Internet radio stations like Pandora are still in arbitration regarding the royalty and publishing issue - which is IMHO completely unfair. I am glad that artists are receiving proper royalties, and for people like me who are listening to indys and obscure electronic artists, these people will hopefully receive their share. The cost of licensing the content has led Pandora down that dreaded path of inserting commercial ads in the music stream, but I decided to subscribe and pay the 10¢ a day to avoid the ads - it’s worth it :)

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