Highlighting the Top Open Source Pandora Radio Clients
Music streaming services have fundamentally altered the way
that people access music. Sales of CDs have been steadily falling year
on year although they continue to remain the dominant format for music
purchases. Digital music sales have also been decreasing. These falls
have come at the same time as a profound surge in popularity
of music streaming services. Competition in this field is fierce,
with music providers such as Spotify, Google Play Music All
Access, XBox Music, Rdio, and Pandora all offering a convenient way to
access a huge library of music without having to store physical discs
or wait for music to synchronise with devices.
Pandora Internet Radio is a music streaming automated music
recommendation service. The service is only available to listeners in
the USA, Australia and New Zealand, although clients with proxy support
enables individuals in other countries to use the service. Pandora
plays musical selections of a certain type based on a user's artist,
song, or genre selection. Listeners give positive or negative feedback
for the selected songs, which helps the music algorithm choose future
songs to play. The service customizes playlists to individual listeners
by analyzing components of the songs they like, then playing them
tracks with similar qualities or characteristics. Pandora continues to
gain market share, and currently has a 8% share of total US radio
listening with users spending nearly 1.5 billion hours per month
accessing the service.
Listening to Pandora Radio using a web browser is not the best
way to enjoy
the service. Improve the experience by using a desktop client instead
of a Flash enabled web browser. The operators, Pandora Media,
Inc, offer the Pandora One Desktop Application which lets listeners
play music from the desktop without requiring a web browser. However,
the desktop application is only available for Windows and Mac users who
subscribe to Pandora One. Fortunately, there are some excellent Linux
clients that allow you to enjoy the Pandora service without needing a
web browser or subscription.
This article highlights versatile open source Linux GUI and
console clients that let users effortlessly access the Pandora service.
Good quality open source software in this field is very sparse,
fortunately there are still a few real gems.
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is
available, we have compiled the following list of software.
Hopefully there will be something of interest for anyone who wants to
change the way they listen to music.
Now, let's explore the software at hand. For
each title we have compiled its own portal page, a screenshot of the
software in action, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its
features, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.
|Pandora Radio Clients
that integrates with desktop features
||Pandora client written in Python and Elementary
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Last Updated Sunday, January 05 2014 @ 08:25 AM EST