PANDORA APP ONLY AVAILABLE IN THE USA ANDROID MARKET::
Music, like most people I’m sure, is one of the biggest parts of my life. When I was working for T-Mobile, news of the G1 and the android open source project hit like wildfire in July. My first question upon hearing about the concept of “the iPhone killer” was how much of my HUGE iTunes library is it going to be able to handle. Originally Android would support up to a 4G micro SD card, so i was a little disappointed. Cupcake
however improved that to be able to handle a 16G micro SD, so I was a little happier with the release of Cupcake, but still not satisfied. I remember watching Steve Jobs in the iPhone roll-out video hammering over and over again the iPhone’s potential to be the one device that seamlessly handles all of your needs from communication, to business, to entertainment. So as I frequently peruse the android market for things that make my life easier I am consistently blown away at the inventive and intuitive ideas that people are using Google’s development tools (of which there are tons) to make my life better by organizing them into applications. With the release and superior functionality of the Pandora internet radio I literally don’t even need to store music on my phone so i have since deleted any songs i wasn’t immediately interested in editing into ring-tones with Ringdroid and using that space to download more apps.
Back in 2000 a handful of music lovers and techies got together with the idea of creating a website that delivered streaming music to its users. They decided to create what they call “the most comprehensive analysis of music, ever.” Pandora internet radio has been the result. I have enjoyed the service for about the last 6 or 7 years ( i was a late bloomer i guess) and it has been the source of some new favorites at least 3 times that i can recall. Tim Westergren writes on the site:
“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. This work continues each and every day as we endeavor to include all the great new stuff coming out of studios, clubs and garages around the world.
It has been quite an adventure, you could say a little crazy – but now that we’ve created this extraordinary collection of music analysis, we think we can help be your guide as you explore your favorite parts of the music universe.
We hope you enjoy the journey.
The Music Genome Project”
The journey for me, continues with the Pandora internet radio application for android. Currently the Pandora app occupies the 8th most popular download in the Android market just behind Google maps and Facebook.
I keep the Pandora app on my screen with the apps that I use most that are not necessarily related to the apps on the other screens… The widget has a couple of features that make me feel warm and fuzzy… This is what it looks like when your signed out of the app. Attractive, clean, accessible. I have it set right underneath my widget for the music player on the phone because for me, they are truly interchangeable.
Then the app works in a few different functions. It can play in the background which is sweet. When it is activated the Pandora Icon remains in your notifications bar as an ongoing app so you can quickly open and control it from any application on your phone. This was fun today, i was sitting in a parking lot tweeting and editing our Twitter account (follow us if your not already) while connected to the internet using my G1 as a wireless router. Salt Lake Cities’ brand new 3G (launched in
the middle of Sept. 09) was handling perfect uninterrupted streaming of the Pandora music while it was also carrying all of my data that i was using with the computer having like 9 tabs open in Firefox.
Then, you can pause Pandora from streaming music, do other things on the phone and pick up right where you left out while not having to sign out and sign back in.
Pandora lives up to its name, the Greek translation of the word Pandora means “all-giving,” and i cannot find a downfall to this app it really is all giving! I simply cannot get enough of it. I use it when im driving around (which i do a lot for my job, about 250 miles a day or so) if i get sick of my tunes on shuffle or my playlists or whatever then I just go to Pandora and let it feed me with great variety and even stuff I have never even heard before. Kudos to Pandora! I click their Google ads every once in a while just to cash flow the app a VERY little bit every once in a while (they get like .20 cents any time you click). We give it 5 stars for functionality, aesthetics and ease of use! We recommend it to anyone who loves using their phone as a music player!