The Right Pandora Stations: A Moving Target?

Posted by Tom Hannaher , Tuesday, April 29, 2014
I can't remember the last time I played a music CD because I wanted to listen to music. In fact, I rarely use my iPhone or my iTunes library for "fun listening," though I do use my phone to demonstrate ZVOX home theater systems...because I have specific demo material that I'm comfortable with.
But when I just want to listen to music, I use Pandora. I love how Pandora clicks onto my music listening mood, and then feeds me great choices all day or all night long. The trick is to pick the right "station" with which to get Pandora started. I've talked to several ZVOX employees about this, and we agree that the right Pandora station is a moving target -- because Pandora seems to change the algorithm of how it chooses cuts.
For example, the Little Feat station has been a favorite of mine for years, shuffling off one great song after another. But the last three times I've tried it, that station has really sucked. The last time I tried it, I didn't last more than three songs, then switched the The Band/Bob Dylan...and soon became mired in some boring '60s protest music.
Finally I switched to the Rolling Stones channel and was blown away by how great it was. I think it went over two hours without having to hit the "skip" button once.
So hey, Pandora dudes, please don't screw around with the Rolling Stones channel for at least a couple of weeks, ok?

P.S.  Give in. Pay Pandora their pittance to make the commercials go away. Totally worth it.


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