I'm hoping the community has some good answers for me...
I use to be able to 'Add Variety' to a station I already created.
I am familiar with going to the Station details to see the seeds the 'Station Created From', however I no longer see the button to 'Add Variety'. When I click on the '...' (ellipsis) that would give me an option to 'Edit Station', that option is greyed out- I can see it, but I can't click it.
Is this for Pandora Plus members or for Pandora Premium members? Or does this option not exist at all anymore?
Moderator Edit: Edited title for clarity
Hi, @zenrn71. 👋
Nice to see you around the community space.
To add variety from a computer, click on the name of the station you'd like to edit.
That said, you can use Pandora Modes to customize your station experience when you're listening from a computer, mobile device or the Sonos app. You can pick different modes like, Crowd Faves, Discovery and Deep Cuts. Then be sure to Thumb Up songs you liked to inspire similar songs to play.
Keep in mind, each seed you add will inspire hundreds of other songs, so a little variety goes a long way.
Adding Variety to Genre Stations:
You won't be able to Add Variety to your Thumbprint Radio, or to genre stations curated by Pandora.
Genre stations, such as "Today's Hits" or "Classic Rock," are stations curated by Pandora, and they behave a little bit differently than your own personalized stations. One difference is that you cannot Add Variety to these stations. That's because Adding Variety could change your listening experience on these stations; added seeds would most likely inspire music outside of the scope of the intended genre.
Hope this helps. 🎧
@TannerPandora this is still a problem in 2021 on mobile and desktop. All of my stations are affected. Workout Hits Radio is the only one I really care about at the moment.
Hi there, @HauseGheist. 👋
Thanks so much for posting about this.
Looks like you're referring to Workout Hits Radio:
Since this is a genre station is created and curated by Pandora, they behave a little bit differently than your own personalized stations (ex. stations created based on an artist / song seed). One difference is that you cannot Add Variety to these stations. Adding Variety could change your listening experience on these stations; added seeds would most likely inspire music outside of the scope of the intended genre.
If you're having trouble with a personalized station (not genre), please let me know and I can take a look.
Hope this information is helpful. 🎧
Is there a limit to how many songs I can add to a station for variety? Only 6 appear and if I add a 7th, one of the older ones disappear. Am I limited to 6 or does it only show 6 and the others are still in the mix but not shown?
As a general rule, stations seem to work best with no more than 3-4 seeds added. Happy to take a closer look at your station though, can you let me know the name of the station you are adding variety to?
Also, are you adding variety on a mobile device or on the web?
"Then choose + Add Variety."
Hmmm. Yes, that seems easy enough. Except that it is not an option given for any of my self-made stations on the web application. Has the interface perhaps been fiddled with so that you now use the "Station Created from" interface at the top of the station details, where there is a search bar with the instructions "Find an artist or song to add to this station"?
In a perfect world, it seems like that would seem the obvious answer, but I'm still wondering. You know how these things are... 🤷🏻♂️
@ricmorris What are the names of the stations you are unable to add variety to?
Let me know.
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My 2 questions:
1) I see one of my stations is labeled "Artists Only"... how/where do I turn this feature on/off?
2) I have added artist/song seeds, in the past, but now I cannot find where this is done?
I am not happy with the Pandora website, at all. I just deleted about 40 stations that I did not create. The only stations listed should be stations I actually created. I cannot find where to add artist/song seeds. I cannot find where to rename a station. I cannot find where to turn "Artist Only" on/off. There could be so much more to customize... but there is not. Everything seems so limited. There should be so much more than just thumbs up, thumbs down, or skip. If you want Pandora to exist in 5 years... ya'll need to step it up!
@chadanooga I moved your post over to this existing thread: How to add variety to a station
Adding artist/song seeds:
Check out the accepted solution to this thread for instructions on how you can add variety to your station.
Here is also a screenshot of where this feature will be located in your station:
Turning off Artist Only Mode:
From the Now Playing screen, you can click on My Station to turn off Artist Only Mode, and revert back to your regular station.
Here is a screenshot of where you can find this:
Hope this helps!
Let's share music in the Music + Podcasts
I've seen reply after reply on how to add songs to a station:
click + Add Variety, enter the artist or track you'd like to add, then click on the (+) sign to add that artist or song to your station
I can't find the 'Add Variety' to click, is this for paid subscriptions only?
Hi @motoant 👋
I moved your post to this existing thread: How to add variety to a Station
To answer your question, no you don't need to be a paid subscriber to add a variety to your stations.
Please check out this accepted solution on how to add varieties to your station.
However, genre stations, such as "Today's Hits" or "2000s hip hop," are stations curated by Pandora, and they behave a little bit differently than your own personalized stations. One difference is that you cannot Add Variety to these stations.
That's because Adding Variety could change your listening experience on these stations; added seeds would most likely inspire music outside of the scope of the intended genre.
That said, when listening from a computer or mobile device, you can access Pandora Modes to customize your station experience. You can pick different modes like Crowd Faves, Discovery and Deep Cuts.
For more infomation on Pandora Modes, you can view this page.
Thanks for being a part of the community!
Thanks Gerald, got it sorted out now! The mistake I made was trying to add variety to my Thumbprint station which it turns out you can't do. But you can with individual stations.