Two thumbs up for Pandora.com’s new classical section

Pandora.com has just added classical music to their already huge collection. It made my day.

I like classical music, but never took enough time to actually figure out my exact preferences or composers. I just recognise familiar or mood pieces when they are played and enjoy them.

So now I can put the name of the piece I do remember into Pandora and let it find that or other items with the same feel. I have  already rediscovered and found out names for some of my semi-forgotten favourites. And with bookmarks only two clicks away, I actually have a chance to slowly identify all those pieces. That has a value all of its own beyond just Pandora.

This may not be for the people who enjoy snobby experts on the radio playing something so obscure that it requires 20 minutes explanation of why exactly it is good. Pandora’s interface is still a little bit too-pop oriented with no composer information on the name card.

But for me, it is manna from heaven.

4 thoughts on “Two thumbs up for Pandora.com’s new classical section”

  1. When Pandora first went public, this was exactly the functionality I was hoping for. My disappointment was quickly mollified by the fact that I discovered brand new subgenres of music I had no idea existed but fit me perfectly. Now I can go back and remedy that disappointment. It is as you say, manna from heaven.

  2. Jason,

    I know exactly what you mean about discovering new subgenres, especially with Pandora’s new ‘Genre Stations’ feature.

    I am tempted to do an experiment of listening to one new (sub-)genre from that list per day. Might take a month or so, but has a potential of being extremely educational.

  3. hi Alexandre –

    Thanks for the very nice post. SO glad you’re enjoying the new classical music… we are too!

    I’m just writing about the composer name issue. You should be able to see it right about the album art. Are you still not seeing it?

    Great to have you as a Pandora listener.

    Cheers.

    Tim (Founder, Pandora)

  4. Hi Tim,

    I may have gotten confused about the Composer Name issue. If I figure out what was the problem, I will send an email to Pandora’s team. But it seems to work now.

    And thanks for all the effort to bring music to the people.

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