Monday, November 11, 2013

5 Freeware Pandora Desktop Clients for Windows

Since Pandora started back in 2000, they have been hard at work on the Music Genome Project. It's the most comprehensive analysis of music ever undertaken. Together a team of fifty musician-analysts has been listening to music, one song at a time, studying and collecting literally hundreds of musical details on every song. It takes 20-30 minutes per song to capture all of the little details that give each recording its magical sound - melody, harmony, instrumentation, rhythm, vocals, lyrics ... and more - close to 400 attributes! Pandora continues this work every day to keep up with the incredible flow of great new music coming from studios, stadiums and garages around the country.

With Pandora you can explore this vast trove of music to your heart's content. Just drop the name of one of your favorite songs or artists into Pandora and let the Genome Project go. It will quickly scan its entire world of analyzed music, almost a century of popular recordings - new and old, well known and completely obscure - to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice. Then sit back and enjoy as it creates a listening experience full of current and soon-to-be favorite songs for you. 

While some people enjoy Pandora exclusively on the mobile phones and players, other use it as creative background for their daily computer activities on Desktops and Laptops. If that is a case for you, you may look into dedicated applications for your computer versus listening through Web interface or even through browser plugins.

In this post, I will present several freeware utilities which will make easier, enhance your experience, and offer more satisfaction from Pandora use.

1. Elpis

Elpis is a free and open source Pandora client for Microsoft Windows. It was created to provide a simple, lightweight and seamless way to enjoy music through Pandora while freeing you from the confines of a web browser and integrating into the desktop.

Main Features:
* Simple desktop application supporting both subscription and free accounts.
* Ability to View, Sort and Select Stations
* Play, Pause, Skip Song
* Cover and Artist Art
* Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down, Tired of Song
* Save user credentials and automatic login
* Automatically play last station at launch
* System tray notification with song info
* Automatically reconnects on session timeout (no more “Are you still listening…”)
* Creating stations
* Edit QuickMix
* Create Station from playing Song/Artist
* Add new artist, song, or composer seed to current stations

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If you do not like Elpis for reason, here you have a choice from several other freeware Windows utilities for Pandora Desktop:

2. Pandora Box
Pandora Box is a desktop client for Pandora that lets users access the streaming music service without opening a web browser. 

3. Open Pandora
Open Pandora is one of the oldest and most feature-packed desktop Pandora clients, letting you do pretty much everything you can do at including listening to multiple stations, using the QuickMix feature, and giving songs a thumbs up or down. Utility also has a few useful extra features, like a mini-player mode that just displays the player/pause, volume, and next track buttons.

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4. Pandora Browse
PandoraBrowse is a mini browser for the music service with limited number of features.

5. Pandora Desktop Client
Simple and lightweight Java desktop client for Pandora.

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