Originally Posted by smacky
I don't get people's fascination with Pandora and other internet radios. No control over the music? Just start with one song and listen to similar songs the whole time?
I tried Pandora when it first came out and not one person I knew had a clue it existed. I wanna say it was 2005 or 2006. Now people love it. What happened to having it on an iPod?
For me, it's a mood / situational thing. For those of us old enough to remember days before MP3 <-> auto integration, I'd compare listening to an iPod to listening to a tape or CD ... you have the music, you play the music, you get exactly what you're expecting. But even 20 years ago I listened to the radio, too. Many of the bands I listen to now I first heard on one radio program or another. My biggest complaint about the radio is that most of the time was spent on things other than the music.
Enter Pandora ... it is NOT like listening to an iPod ... it's much more the radio experience. It's NOT predictable, and you don't know what's coming next and you don't get to rewind. It also doesn't broadcast ads (they show up on your phone screen ... fine ... easy to ignore) and doesn't interrupt you for some stupid DJ trick that you don't really care to hear.
I used to be a die-hard tape/CD listener. But now I have a 90 minute commute each way, every day, and I'm finding I like to be surprised with a little something different occasionally. I like to hear from an artist I've never heard from before, or a new song from an album I missed coming out. And I appreciate doing it without broadcast commercials and insipid DJ's.
And for the days I don't want that ... I can still play my MP3's!