I love discovering new music to add to my iTunes library and one of the best ways I’ve found to do this is to create my own stations using Pandora. It’s fast, free, and easy to set up! The best thing about Pandora is that you can search for your favorite artists and/or songs and Pandora will automatically create stations for you with songs from artists (some you know, some you don’t) with similar styles. For instance, I really like Natalie Merchants songs so I created a station based on her song, “Carnival” and Pandora added tons of songs by Natalie and other artists based on this style. All I have to do is click play, turn up the volume and Pandora takes care of my play list.
That in itself is just downright cool. But, get this, you can also tell Pandora which songs you especially like and even those that you don’t particularly care for. When you give Pandora a “thumbs down” on a song it never plays it again. If you hear a song that you want to buy, you can link directly to Amazon or iTunes and add the song to your shopping cart. If you don’t want to buy the song right away you can just save the name and artist in a list that Pandora maintains for you.
You might have noticed that BetterPhoto is all about sharing so another feature of Pandora that I think is just awesome is that you can share your stations with your friends! Try it out at www.pandora.com. You don’t even have to create an account to enjoy it but I recommend you do so that you can listen on any computer, have your stations saved, and share them with your friends.