For a long time, Pandora and internet music were pretty much synonymous. This was the time when your only options for music were to go to the store and spend your money, use iTunes and spend your money, or listen to the radio and save your money. At the time, Pandora was the only way to listen to music for free while personalizing your experience. In other words, you wouldn’t have to hear DJ’s with obnoxious voices or that one song by Supertramp ten times a day. Has the service held up? Let’ take a look at the Windows Pandora app.
What is Pandora?
For those of you that haven’t heard of it (or have heard of it and are just in the mood for a recap), Pandora allows you to create personalized internet radio stations based on an artist or song you enjoy. In other words, if you’re in the mood for a good cry, you simply type in Adele and get ready for a nice, somber afternoon.
Is It Any Good?
In the time since I regularly used Pandora, it seems not much has changed overall. You still create your stations, skip the songs you don’t want to hear (with some limits), and keep on listening. Is that a bad thing? Not really, as everything is kept very simple. Does it mean that many people will keep using it? Let’s talk about it.
The Bottom Line
Now, it’s important to keep in mind that Pandora came out in a time long before we had a ton of music streaming platforms. Modern services such as Spotify and Google Play Music have their own services very similar (and maybe even better) than Pandora. The one thing I did enjoy was the specialized stations, such as hits by specific years and motivational songs for waking up. However, that may not be enough to get kids these days off of their Spotify. Darn kids! Get off my lawn. Internet music isn’t how it was in my day.