Amid all the controversy regarding free music online, there are a few alternatives that offer legal music listening. Pandora Radio has become one of the best options in terms of finding a balance between free music and offering what listeners want to hear. This unique concept is completely customizable with minimal advertising interruptions and a free account option. If you have not yet tried this wonderful listening tool, read on to discover the basics.
Create a Specially Tailored Station
Pandora Radio has its limitations. However, overall the system works well. Users can create a username and log in to build their own personalized stations. Start out with a genre, artist name, song or album title. From there, Pandora will find songs that are similar. Users can create many stations, so you can enjoy streaming music specific to your current mood.
As you listen, you can actively play a part in honing down the music selection to fit your preferences. Give songs you like a thumbs up, and songs you hate a thumbs down. Based on this criteria, Pandora Radio will locate more music that you will enjoy and avoid songs similar to the ones you disliked. Over time, you will need to use this feature less and less as each station is tailored to your tastes.
At Home or At Work
Any place you have internet access, you can enjoy Pandora Radio stations. Just visit the website and log in. You do not have to download any special players, which makes the experience very unintrusive. Pandora is a good option if you like to listen to music while you work because you will not have to explain any personal downloads on your work computer.
Limitations of your Free Account
If you opt for a free account, you will have a few limitations. These are very minimal in the scheme of things. First, you are allowed up to forty hours of free listening each month. Should you meet that limit, Pandora charges a small 99 cent fee for unlimited listening for the rest of the month.
A skip option is available as well. However, free accounts are subject to a skip limit. You will also have to listen to the occasional thirty second advertisement. These are not nearly as annoying as they are on other websites. As soon as the advertisement is over, your music continues.
Upgrading your Pandora
For $36 per year, Pandora Radio offers an upgrade option. If you choose to upgrade your account to Pandora One, you will enjoy unlimited listening hours, unlimited skips, and no advertisements. Before you upgrade, give Pandora a try and see if it works for you. You may discover that the forty hour listening limit is plenty of listening time, especially if you use the pause function when you leave the computer.
Pandora Radio also offers a number of other helpful features. You can find links to buy music or learn about an album or artist on the website. You may discover new music you never knew you loved, or artists’ whose songs you love but names you never knew!
Music can inspire, captivate, and make work hours fly by! If you are like me, then you must have your music everyday! Buying your favorite songs online can get costly, and other sources may be questionable in terms of legality and security. If you are like me, finding a safe, easy to use alternative is important. Let me share my experience with you.