I must credit a colleague of mine for today’s tip. Though an avid iPhone user, Pandora radio was a foreign app to me. Since downloading it, however, Pandora become my favorite way to listen to music. Internet radio for desktop, iPhone, iPad and more, Pandora allows users to create up to 100 “stations” based on a song or artist you love. It will magically find those plus other similar songs and artists. The “magic” of Pandora and it’s origin as the Music Genome Project is explained on their site:
Together we set out to capture the essence of music at the most fundamental level. We ended up assembling literally hundreds of musical attributes or “genes” into a very large Music Genome….Since we started back in 2000, we’ve carefully listened to the songs of tens of thousands of different artists – ranging from popular to obscure – and analyzed the musical qualities of each song one attribute at a time.
Free and accessible from your desktop, mobile devices and other electronic devices, the best feature of Pandora is its’ ability to “find” new artists similar to those you already know and love. I discovered some of the music I listen to most frequently via Pandora: Jack Johnson, Lenka, Matt White, KT Tunstall are just come of the artists I’ve found. Other features such as artist biographies, bookmarking abilities and a “like” or “unlike” button for each song make Pandora Radio one of our greatest picks of all time.
Thank you Matt.
Also fantastic for the kids, here are a few of our favorites:
- Toddler Radio: Meant for kids 4 and under, this station is educational and fun! A variety of toddler-friendly themes and music genres are explored. Look for Sesame Street, Disney, & The Wiggles among others.
- Lullabye: Meant for kids 5 and under, this station is designed to prepare your tyke for a nap or bedtime (or any time you want to bring the energy level down a notch). It’s full of mellow sounds and sweet lullabies.
- Radio for Kids: Meant for kids 7 and under, this station is fun, educational, and not too baby-ish. For kids who are moving on up from Toddler Radio. Many musical genres are included here, and due to the variety and quality of songs, it’s enjoyable for kids and adults!