Pandora ditches Flash for HTML5

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 17th, 2011

Pandora has announced that it now has over 100 million users, and that soon the site will begin rolling out a new design. It will look nicer and also work better. Pandora will begin to use HTML5 on the front-end, which they say should create “a much faster experience.”

The site’s UI will look like a combination of iTunes and Facebook and the controls will appear centered in a top control bar.

Pandora now offering comedy stations

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on May 4th, 2011

Pandora isn’t just about music anymore. The company is expanding beyond music-based radio stations and into the world of comedy. That’s good news, because we could all use a laugh sometimes. The streaming music service will offer more than 10,000 clips from over 700 comedians.

The new service will be ready to go sometime today. It will work the same exact way as any other Pandora station: you create new radio stations based on your favorite comedians and give the thumbs up or down for those tracks you like or dislike. What do you think? Is this a good move for Pandora?

Grace Digital Tabletop Pandora Radio

Posted in Radio by Conner Flynn on October 27th, 2010

Grace Digital has announced its GDI-IR2550p. It’s capable of streaming music directly from your Pandora stations. Other radios can already do that, but this one allows you to use thumbs up/down, bookmarking, as well as play and pause features from the front panel or on the remote.

If you own an iPhone or iPod touch, you can use the device as a remote. Plus you have access to over 50,000 radio stations, podcasts and on-demand content including NPR on-demand, FOX News, CNN, BBC and Sirius Premium Internet radio.

Pandora now available on TiVo Series3 and TiVo HD boxes

Posted in Tivo by Conner Flynn on October 19th, 2010

Tivo has just announced that the Tivo Series 3 and Tivo HD will have access to the Pandora music service. Until now Pandora has only been available on Tivo Premiere boxes. So now you can create personalized Internet radio stations with Tivo’s high end boxes as well.

We all know how it works. You just tell Pandora which music you like and the service will learn your musical tastes and find new content that you will also like. Tivo works the same way as it can recommend similar content based on shows you watch.

Pandora Internet Radio hits 60 million subscribers

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 22nd, 2010

Pandora Internet Radio has just announced that their site now has 60 million users registered to listen to their personalized online radio service. Pandora started back in 2000 and offers thousands of songs to users with a collection of 90,000 artists, of which 80% are played each month. That’s a ton of music.

Just type the name of one of your favorite songs or singers into Pandora and the Genome Project will provide the music. But judging by the numbers most of you are already using Pandora, so I don’t have to tell you that.

Pandora Mini Mac Nettop

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on June 20th, 2010

If the Pandora Mini Mac nettop looks familiar it’s because this is actually a Mac mini clone that comes with a Chinese porcelain painting on the top, adding a touch of color and style to it’s fakeness.

This nettop features a 1.6Ghz dual-core Intel Atom 330 processor, nVidia Geforce 9400M Graphics, 1G RAM, a 160GB hard drive and WI-FI connectivity. Some additional features include a DVD-RW optical drive, an HDMI port and a VGA port.

Samsung BD-C6500 Blu-ray Hands-on Review

Posted in Review by Darrin Olson on February 28th, 2010

Samsung BD-C6500 Blu-ray ReviewToday we were able to try out the Samsung BD-C6500 1080p Blu-ray player, one of Samsung’s latest line of players featuring high-definition video along with the Samsung Internet@TV. The new players do a good job of grasping onto the future of digital media by bring internet connectivity into the player and directly into your TV.

The BD-C6500 player features the ability to playback full Blu-ray 1080p HD video along with Dolby Digital sound and output it through HDMI, S-Video, Optical and 7.1 analog audio. What’s really interesting about this player however is it’s integration to the internet and online media.

Pandora wants to stream music in your car

Posted in music by Conner Flynn on December 9th, 2009

Pandora wants to stream music in your carPandora has it’s sights set on a variety of options for in-car music streaming. The news comes straight from Pandora’s Chief Technology Officer, who told attendees at the SF Music Tech Summit that the company is working with car manufacturers to more thoroughly integrate Pandora into vehicles.

Apparently the first thing they are concentrating on is an in-dash or hands-free option so you can use a docked device running Pandora. Then, “within a few years,” that could evolve to include Pandora services built right into in-car entertainment systems.

VUDU brings Pandora, Picasa and Flickr to connected HDTVs, more apps coming soon

Posted in VUDU by Conner Flynn on November 5th, 2009

VUDU brings Pandora, Picasa and Flickr to connected HDTVs, more apps coming soonWait. I thought HDTVs were all about watching actual TV. Well, VUDU thinks it’s all about apps and they may be right. VUDU has today made both Picasa and Flickr access possible through LG and Mitsubishi sets with integrated VUDU software.

Yes, this was already available to those of you relying on one of VUDU’s set-top boxes, but some of us like to have everything within the display itself. Pandora streaming is also available on VUDU-fied Mitsubishi panels, but LG has “requested that only free TV and games be available on their devices.”

HP DreamScreen does Pandora, Media Streaming

Posted in Digital Photo Frames by Conner Flynn on September 17th, 2009

HP DreamScreen does Pandora, Media StreamingHP’s new DreamScreen 100 and 130 aren’t your usual digital picture frames, but they will function in pretty much the same way. They also happen to stream photos, music, play videos, connect to Pandora, and manage to handle social networking too.

The DreamScreen 100 sports a 10.2-inch screen and the 130 has a 13.3-inch screen. Both have 2GB of built-in storage and a flash card reader and USB for more room. You can load content through storage or via drag-and-drop software on the PC. It will stream audio and photos but not video.

Pandora Livio Radio features “thumbs up, down” buttons

Posted in internet radio by Conner Flynn on April 15th, 2009

Pandora Livio Radio features "thumbs up, down" buttonsLivio is breaking free of the mold of most internet radios. I mean, it doesn’t get much more innovative than “thumbs up, thumbs down” controls, giving you the power of Siskel and Ebert over music while using Pandora. The Livio Radio is classically styled and comes with a remote included.

Pandora isn’t the only internet radio that this device will handle. It can also tune into a whole bunch of internet radio stations from around the world through Reciva. Just plug it into your AC outlet and have an internet connection, and you’re good to go.

Pandora Radio app for BlackBerry

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on March 19th, 2009

Pandora Radio app for BlackBerryThis morning Pandora released its long awaited radio streaming application for BlackBerry. The guys at The BoyGenius Report tested it on a Bold via AT&T. According to them, “it’s everything we’ve been waiting for”.

The performance is pretty good and it has all of the basic features you want, like song skipping, rating a song thumbs up or down, pausing and creating a new station are all there. You can also bookmark a song or artist. T-Mobile won’t support it however for the Storm.

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Energizer teams up with Pandora: Win a $20 iTunes gift certificate

Posted in Contests,News by Conner Flynn on December 16th, 2008

Energizer teams up with Pandora: Win a $20 iTunes gift certificateEnergizer has partnered with Pandora Radio to create a brand new message board that caters to passionate users of the Pandora community. Many of you are faithful users of Pandora, so I don’t need to tell you how awesome the popular internet radio site is. The new message board is a place where users can share tips on how they use Pandora as well as be a part of posts by up and coming artists and discussions on all kinds of musical subjects.

The message board just launched and since the subject here is music, Energizer, Pandora and Slipperybrick want to help stuff your stocking with some extra music. We’re giving away TEN $20 iTunes vouchers.

Logitech adds free access to Pandora for Squeezebox owners

Posted in Logitech by Shane McGlaun on July 29th, 2008

Logitech TransporterDigital music fans like to be able to listen to their music in any room of their home and there are a few ways to do this. You can run wires all around your house for speakers and connect them to a central media server. You can also use the easy way and go with a wireless media system like the Logitech Squeezebox.

Logitech has made the Squeeze box line even more enticing with an announcement today that it is now offering free access to Pandora to owners of the Logitech Squeezebox Duet, Squeezebox, and Logitech Transporter network music devices.

Grace Digital adds Pandora to desktop Internet radio

Posted in Internet Appliances by Nino Marchetti on June 24th, 2008

Grace Digital ITC-IR1000B

Grace Digital, which in  May unveiled some new digital turntables, announced today the integration of a new personalized radio service into its ITC-IR1000B Internet desktop radio. This service is known to many as Pandora, based on the Music Genome Project.

Music through Pandora, according to Grace Digital, uses trained musicians to listen to and identify musical attirbutes in individual songs. These songs are grouped into playlists based upon musical similarlity. Listeners enter a favorite song or artist to help them build personalized radio stations tied to their musical tastes.