Monday, January 30, 2017

Technology Review: Pandora

PANDORA is a popular, web-based personalized radio service.
After creating a login, users can create their own stations of music for their favorite artists or genre of music. Rather than playing specific songs and artists, the free service plays music the system thinks the user will like based on their listening preferences. Listeners use a thumbs-up or thumbs-down to indicate whether the song was a good choice. Over time, the system learns user likes and dislikes. Social media elements such as a profile and sharing options add depth to the experience. The service can be upgraded to remove ads.
Librarians will find Pandora to be an effective tool for helping students learn more about their musical preferences. It’s also an interesting way to explore music genres and cultural issues with teens.
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