Pandora

Pandora—the online music provider, not the planet—is an interesting service. It streams music over the internet and you can select from preset mixes or create your own and it streams through your computer or phone and if you have a way to hook your phone up to the car audio, you can play enjoy it there.

There is a subscription for $36 a year.  If you pay this, there are no commercials, but they really are not that bad.

To set up a station, you type in a performer or a song title you like and it will play songs with similar characteristics.

For example, my current favorite station is “Marilynn Monroe.” After playing one Marilynn song, Pandora will play “other songs and artists that have musical qualities similar to Marilyn Monroe.” Then, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” by Frank Sinatra, is played because it has “similar swing influences, a mid-tempo dance style, sultry vocals, romantic lyrics and background string section.”

Other artists on this station include Count Basie, Rosemary Clooney, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole and many others.

To add variety, you can add other “seeds.” This would be another artist or song title.  For Christmas songs, I seed a station with “Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone “Baby its cold outside” and John Lennon’s “Happy Christmas.”

Other favorite stations I have are called Ringo Starr, Lady Gaga, Chopin,  and Johnny Cash.

The Prius I bought has Sirius, but because of Pandora, I probably will not continue with it after the trial subscription.

What is next? Streaming movies?

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