We’re huge fans of music around here, and while Spotify is gaining popularity among many music enthusiasts (my husband included), I still prefer Pandora and almost always have it playing on my computer or phone.
Basically, Pandora creates custom radio stations just for you. Simply enter your favorite song, artist or genre, and the Music Genome Project quickly scans its huge database of music — new and old, well known and completely obscure — to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice. It’s a great way to listen to your current favorites and discover new favorites, and as you rate songs with a thumbs up or thumbs down, it learns your tastes and customizes your station.
My current favorite station is a combination of JJ Heller, Needtobreathe and Gungor for an eclectic rock/folk station featuring a lot of indie Christian music that’s perfect while I work or drive.
Pandora is free with commercials, or upgrade for $36/year for commercial-free listening, which is the option we prefer. I love that we can listen in multiple places at once as well, so I can have music on while I work, my hubby can listen in the car to something different and our girls can listen to one of their stations during their afternoon quiet time…all at the same time!
Which brings me to the iPhone app itself. With Pandora on our phones and a tape deck adapter, we’re able to enjoy Pandora on the road as well as at home. Newer vehicles offer various apps for Bluetooth streaming, but the low-tech option works for our van! At home, we stick it on our iHome speaker dock to charge and play music.
Download for your iPhone, iPad or iPhone: Pandora (FREE)