If you are looking for a safe source of free music, try Pandora.com. It is a secure site and not one of the shared music venues otherwise available…and prone to viruses.
This great website allows you to set up radio stations based on a song or artist. For example, if you like Marvin Gaye, you ask for a radio station that plays Marvin Gaye songs along with others of similar ilk. If you like Cassandra Wilson, same thing. If you like Dave Gruisin, same thing.
I have several dozen stations established from smooth jazz, to funkier jazz, to rock and roll, to soul to rhythm and blues. The really neat thing about Pandora, is that they offer a feature to mix your stations. So…if you want to hear some mellow jazz, but also some rhythm and blues, you simply select those stations and Pandora mixes the stations for you.
One minor quirk…Pandora will temporarily pause your stations if you have not been on the site for approximately 45 minutes. You simply click on “I am still listening”…and you roll for another 45 minutes. This is a minor inconvenience vs. the variety and simplicity of this music venue.
Try it and let me know what you think.
I know you’ve been using Pandora for years… I just opened an account, and ran into a (hopefully fixable) problem. Pandora only lets me listen for 40 hours each month without charging me. Is this normal? I thought one of the best parts of Pandora was that it was free to use!
Is there any way I can listen as much as I want without paying? I’ve asked a couple other long-time Pandora users, and so far no one knows what to tell me. They’ve never heard of this problem.
Thanks for the help!
This is a new development on Pandora. I have not hit the 40 hours yet, so it’s not been an issue…but $.99 seems a bargain if I were to start using it more often. I guess we all have to earn a living…$.99 seems a fair deal…I’ll try to find out more. Thanks. Vinnie