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The company is even calling the site "New Pandora"

Things were beginning to look somewhat grim for internet radio company Pandora earlier this year when Pandora's user base was growing faster than the ads sold to support the network, which raised concerns as to whether the company would be profitable in the future or not.

But now, Pandora has launched an entirely new website after a year of planning, designing and beta testing. The company is even calling the site "New Pandora," according to Pandora's Blog.

New Pandora remains a personalized radio site, but offers a variety of new features. It's more responsive and easier to use thanks to the new HTML5 look, which also better integrates the social aspect of Pandora.

Other new features include a simplified creation station, discovery of music with friends, enhanced artist information, improved control and unlimited listening.

The simplified creation station is exactly what the name insinuates -- the same old creation station made simple. There are now personalized suggestions and enhanced auto-complete choices to make the creation of new stations more intuitive and personalized.

New Pandora also makes discovering music with friends a fun and simple process with enhanced listener profiles and a new centralized music feed that acts much like Facebook where users can "like," comment and share what users are finding on Pandora. The "share" button allows Pandora users to share favorite stations via Facebook, Twitter or email as well, since each station has its own URL.

The enhanced artist information allows users to learn more about artists, music, lyrics and expand album art size.

New Pandora offers improved control, with responsive buttons like play, pause, thumbs up, thumbs down and even a new shuffle feature for a variety of music based on the users like and dislikes.

Perhaps one of the most welcomed changes to Pandora is the unlimited listening feature. Pandora used to have a 40-hour listening cap, but on New Pandora, users can listen to as much music as they want for free.

New Pandora changes will become available over the next few days. Pandora is also looking for feedback on the completely revamped site, and encourage users to leave comments here.

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The bottom line seems to be missing here
By DanNeely on 9/21/2011 1:55:38 PM , Rating: 2
All the changes sound good, but none seem to address the problem of usage increasing faster than revenue, while removing the usage cap will probably result in at least some paid users cancelling their subscriptions. What else did the paid version offer?

RE: The bottom line seems to be missing here
By masteroffm on 9/21/2011 1:58:45 PM , Rating: 2
unlimited song skipping if i remember correctly

RE: The bottom line seems to be missing here
By kleinma on 9/21/2011 2:18:30 PM , Rating: 2
meh, its radio, the fact that you can skip songs at all is pretty sweet. Can't you just keep changing stations anyway if you don't like whats playing on the current one and you can't skip it?

I really wish Pandora would fix their android app. On my droidx, I can't listen for more than maybe 5 minutes before it just locks my phone up.

By grandpope on 9/21/2011 3:19:25 PM , Rating: 2
Really? I can stream Pandora on my droidx no problem.

RE: The bottom line seems to be missing here
By grandpope on 9/21/2011 3:18:28 PM , Rating: 3
Not correct. I have a subscription, and I can only skip something like 6 songs in an hour per station still.

RE: The bottom line seems to be missing here
By sigmatau on 9/21/2011 10:17:23 PM , Rating: 2
I haven't tried Pandora, but on Slacker you can switch between radio stations as a work around to the limit of 6 skips per station per whatever time period.

What I do is open up all the radio stations I like one at a time. Then just use the "recently heard" link and you will have a favorites list. When you listen to one station, you can hit the back button on the top that takes you directly to that list and then you can select a similar station. My skips never go down from zero and it only takes me 2 button touches to "skip" to a next song without limits.

The commercials on Slacker are super annoying though. Video commercials are horrible.

By msheredy on 9/22/2011 12:05:22 PM , Rating: 2
but on Slacker you can switch between radio stations as a work around to the limit of 6 skips per station per whatever time period.

The strange thing is you can do this too on Pandora's mobile app but not on a computer. I don't know what gives. I almost exclusively listen to Pandora on my iPhone because of that.

RE: The bottom line seems to be missing here
By maevinj on 9/21/2011 2:09:49 PM , Rating: 3
Paid version has no ads/commercials?
It was well worth the 36/year not to have to deal with that. Also you get the pandora 1 desktop application. Which now is outdated vs the new pandora website.

RE: The bottom line seems to be missing here
By quiksilvr on 9/21/2011 2:54:35 PM , Rating: 2
Or pay $0 and use Grooveshark. No commercials and an easy to ignore soundless banner ad. Whats the other thing? Oh, that's right! You can set up a playlist of your own songs or switch to Radio or popular songs seamlessly.

Why do people use Pandora again?

RE: The bottom line seems to be missing here
By AssBall on 9/21/2011 3:31:29 PM , Rating: 4
Pandora is nice in that it will help you find new music that you like and tailor your stations. If I wanted to listen to crap on the radio I'd listen to crap on the radio.

RE: The bottom line seems to be missing here
By quiksilvr on 9/21/2011 4:54:45 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, you can load any song you wish or popular songs or radio (by genre, not station) OR just turn radio on and it will do the same thing pandora does without any annoying audio commercials.

By AssBall on 9/21/2011 5:06:26 PM , Rating: 1
I'll have to check it out.

By VahnTitrio on 9/22/2011 10:25:47 AM , Rating: 2
I do not have a subscription and I cannot recall the last time I heard an ad. Usually I only have it on for a handful of songs but it does everything I want and then some without anything bothersome.

By AmbroseAthan on 9/21/2011 3:36:17 PM , Rating: 2
As another poster noted, the paid version has no ads in the stations. They did give up unlimited skipping even in PandoraOne.

Also though, and more importantly to some people, the paid version is able to access higher quality audio (192kbps).

Personally for me, paying $36/year ($3/month) for Pandora is worth it to me just so that I am supporting them. I have listened to Pandora for several years now and listen a lot via computer and mobile and want to see them survive.

By kitonne on 9/21/2011 5:14:27 PM , Rating: 2
To have a web site tell you "your browser is not supported" is strange in this day and age, specially when we are talking about a standards compliant browser like Seamonkey (mozilla project, uses FF engine but also includes an email client, news reader, and web site editor, like the old Mozilla and Netscape browsers).

Doesn't anybody read ?!

By PhatoseAlpha on 9/21/2011 6:14:56 PM , Rating: 1
Web Standards are a lie - always have been, always will be. Plus, this uses "HTML5" - they expect to have good specifications on that by 2014.

I like it and another.
By Belard on 9/21/2011 2:55:13 PM , Rating: 2
I like Pandora for finding new songs...

But another one which I a lot, even thou it doesn't help put songs together for you is Somafm.

Lots of good stuff on that one.

HTML5, huh?
By casteve on 9/21/2011 6:59:10 PM , Rating: 2
Site requires disabling Flashblock in FF to work.

Jango is the answer!
By ipay on 9/23/2011 1:15:36 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know why everyone is hung up on Pandora still.
I switched to Jango and haven't looked back.

No commercials
Unlimited skips
Unlimited thumbs down
Gives new/independent artists exposure
Apps in both Android and Itunes and online

Try it. And no, I don't work for Jango or anything like that. I just like helping people. Pandora is a joke compared to Jango.

Arguments aside..
By nocturne_81 on 9/29/2011 8:34:36 AM , Rating: 2
I just don't like it... the new interface is abysmal, incredibly over complicated while the original was beautifully simple.. Just like the new FB..

Welcome to the Web 3.0, people... HTML5 is just paving the way to further affronts against the privacy and overall experience of the user, and it's only going to get worse.. Just wait until the ad companies catch on..

By Dr of crap on 9/21/11, Rating: -1
RE: Why
By Astral Abyss on 9/21/2011 3:23:41 PM , Rating: 3
You have the wrong idea.

The purpose it serves on Pandora is to personalize your radio station. Thumbs down ensures that song never plays again and Pandora is less likely to pick "similar" songs. Thumbs up helps Pandora key in on the type of music you're wanting to hear and makes similar songs more likely to play. It helped me make my 80s station play exactly the music I wanted after a few days of thumbs up/down on songs, with 3 songs as seeds.

RE: Why
By seamonkey79 on 9/21/2011 5:55:49 PM , Rating: 3
Since you completely miss the point of Pandora, I'll add that you couldn't care less, unless you really do like what other people say about a song a little bit at least.

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