Feb 5, 2010

Free Alternative to Pandora One

If you haven’t heard of Pandora, then prepare to live! According to Wikipedia, “Pandora is an automated music recommendation and Internet radio service created by the Music Genome Project. Users enter a song or artist that they enjoy, and the service responds by playing selections that are musically similar. Users provide feedback on approval or disapproval of individual songs, which Pandora takes into account for future selections.”

What does that mean in simple terms? It means that if you like a particular artist or song, all you have to do is type it in, and Pandora will automatically play you a million other similar songs! It is probably the best way to listen to free, legal music in my opinion, and by far the best way to find new songs you will enjoy!

So what’s the problem? The problem is that if you don't want to go to their website to listen on your PC, you have to pay $36 per year on their desktop application called Pandora One. Well, I should say, that used to be the case!

I found a free application for Windows called OpenPandora! Here is a list of features from their website:

  • Hide to tray
  • Show song details in tray icon tooltip
  • Popup tray notification balloon with full detail and album art
  • Full control from tray icon - station change, play, pause, skip, like or don't like
  • Control with multimedia keyboard (play, pause and skip)
  • Global shortcuts
  • Support for Logitech G15 keyboard
  • Control with Wiimote
  • Send song details to Last.fm, Microsoft Messenger, Xfire and Skype
  • Display lyrics in external browser window
  • Copy song details to clipboard
  • Customizable title with song, artist and radio station names
  • Keep on top of other windows

Here is a screenshot:

OpenPandora

Know of another free Pandora client? Perhaps one for Mac or Linux too? Let us know about them in the comments!



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