Top Android App: Pandora Radio
Pandora Radio allows you to create your own personalized radio stations based on your preferences. You can then stream these stations with your selections and songs link them. This is the best music app in the Android Market.
Application: Pandora Radio
Overall Score: 4.9/5
User Interface: 4.5/5
Ease of Use: 5/5
When you open this app you are brought to your list of radio stations. If you do not yet have any stations, click menu > create station. In order to create a new station you must type in the name of the artist, song, or composer that you enjoy. Pandora will then create a station based on your choice along with artists or songs like it. If you’re wondering how Pandora does this, it uses attributes like melody, harmony, rhythm, lyrics, and much more to match songs that you are likely to enjoy.
When your station plays, it will give you the album artwork, album name, song title, and artist. You can give a song a “thumbs up” if you like it or “thumbs down” if you don’t. Clicking the “thumbs down” will skip the song and it’ll be less likely to play later. You can also skip a song by hitting the forward button. Note: if you have a free Pandora account setup you are only allowed 12 skips across all stations per day, so use them sparingly.
A really nice feature of Pandora is that there is an info button at the top right when you are listening to a song. The button offers you information on both the artist and the song/album. This is a great way to get a little background on an artist you really enjoy.
Also, the options in Pandora allow you to bookmark the song or artist, buy the song (using amazon mp3), or share the song. There are also preferences for the quality of the music that is streamed (the high setting needs a strong internet connection and may not stream continuously if your connection is interrupted).
If you want to discover new music or just want your own customized radio stations, Pandora is for you. Check it out if you haven’t already, it’s one of the best apps for Android.
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