Pandora

  • 2007: Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn't Live Without

    A year ago I wrote a post called “Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn’t Live Without” and listed thirteen startups whose products made a real impact in my life. Those were the products that I loved, and used every day. I enjoyed sorting through the hundreds of startups that we had written about, and picking just a handful that made a real impact on my life. It was so much fun… Read More

  • Pandora Goes Social

    Pandora, which plays streaming music for free via a flash player on its site, is one of the first companies we profiled on TechCrunch, back in August 2005 during the original Bar Camp meetup. I still listen to it most of the time I’m writing blog entries. Pandora continues to rack up new users (the current count is 4.5 million regular users, up from 1.8 million in May) and Pandora is… Read More

  • News Bits: Skype, Pandora and Meebo

    There are a few product updates going out tonight or tomorrow morning involving Meebo, Pandora and Skype that are worth mentioning. Skype Adds Skypecasts Skype is releasing version 2.5 beta of its client software on Wednesday. There are some cool new features: the ability to send and SMS to any worldwide cell phone, improved conference calling (you see who’s talking), and other small… Read More

  • Update on Pandora/Last.fm Mashup

    For those of you who are fans of Pandora, Last.fm or both, you’ll like this mashup by Gabe Kangas. I wrote about it last month, when it was a bit of a hack. Now, Pandora is fully supporting the effort and has even given Gabe access to the Pandora API to create a more stable application. The mashup is basically the Pandora player, and listeners have the ability to add music played by… Read More

  • Pandora and Last.fm Together…sort of

    People who love music seems to either be Pandora folks or Last.fm folks, and the two groups often disagree (see, for example, the comments to this post). Quite frankly, the two services each do different things very well, although there is some overlap. Pandora is great for discovering new music based on what you like. Last.fm is also good at music discovery, but you can’t stream… Read More

  • Pandora Releases Sharing Features

    Pandora, which has lately been the subject of intense comparisons to competitor Last.fm, will release a number of new features aimed at sharing tonight. Many of the features are being added to a user’s “favorites” page (a bookmark list of songs you’ve heard that you like). An example of a favorites page is here. Users now have the ability to listen to a thirty second… Read More

  • Pandora v. Last.fm

    Fred Wilson has a good post today comparing the Last.fm and Pandora music services. He’s strongly in favor of Last.fm. I use and have written about both services. Each allows you to find new music that you are likely to enjoy. Last.fm does this through analysis of what you listen to and like (and what others listen to and like). Pandora encodes different aspects of music and determines… Read More

  • Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn't Live Without

    There have been numerous 2005 “best of” and 2006 “predictions” posts over the last few weeks as the year comes to an end. I’m not going to write one of those. Giving out “best of” awards seems presumptuous to me, given that I’ve been blogging all of six months. And while predictions are fun, they aren’t all that useful in the end. What I… Read More

  • Pandora is Now Free

    Pandora, the great music disovery service and player, is now offering a free version of its service. Pandora has hired 30 musicians who have spent years analyzing 400 attributes of songs, like melody, rhythm and vocals. They’ve analyzed over 10,000 artists and 300,000 songs to date. Users pick a band or song to get started, and create a “channel” based on that type of music… Read More

  • Profile – Last.fm

    Company: Last.fm
    Location: London
    Launched: 2002, redesigned in 2005 With applications like Pandora (profile) getting some attention from the blogosphere, it’s time to shed some light on another music-related project that’s been around for some time now and that I’m quite fond of – Last.fm. Last FM (now merged with the Audioscrobbler project) allows you to generate… Read More

  • Pandora is Launching, Right Now

    Pandora just stopped playing music. I went to their site and saw this message: We apologize for the inconvenience… After a successful preview period, Pandora will be open to the public starting very soon. We’re updating our systems to support the full public version. Please check back tomorrow… and enjoy the music! By the time I wake up tomorrow I expect Pandora will be… Read More

  • Pandora to launch next week

    Pandora‘s founder, Tim Westergren, sent an email out to all beta testers announcing that Pandora will go live next week, and extending the free trial period for beta testers to September 28. Pandora has had an overwhelmingly positive blogger response to their beta. I assume the general launch will be well received as well. Our previous profile on Pandora on August 20, 2005 is here. The… Read More

  • Dig into the Music Long Tail – Pandora

    Company: Pandora (formerly Savage Beast Technologies)
    Launched: July 21 (private alpha)
    Public Beta: Within two weeks
    Employees: 50 (including 30 musicians)
    Location: Oakland, CA Overview: Do you love music? Are you the kind of person who’s pissed off because your iPod only holds 60 gigs? If you are, stop reading this, click over to Pandora and request an invitation to their private… Read More

  1. ...
  2. 8
  3. 9