I have a 12 year old playlist, seeded with about 20 artists, 500 thumbed up songs and almost 300 thumbed down. The playlist has been great for years, but recently it has compressed the artists down to around 6 that get played redundantly, with another 10 or so mixing a song in periodically. Why has the playlist compressed the playback? Also, on my phone the station states there are no thumbs associated, but on the website the thumbs are present.
@TheBeau Nice to see you around the community.
It sounds like you are experiencing two separate issues.
To address your first issue:
I think the problem here is that you've added an excessive amount of seeds to one station. Adding variety to a station doesn't narrow the song pool that Pandora chooses from, nor does it increase your chances of hearing a particular song or artist. Rather, it opens up your station to a lot of variety, which can make for some undesirable matches. I would suggest editing this station to remove those extra seeds. As a general rule, stations seem to work best with no more than 3-4 seeds added.
To edit your stations on a computer, first make sure you're signed into your Pandora account. Then:
Keep in mind that you can create up to 250 separate stations, so you might find that Pandora works best if you create multiple stations with different artists or songs. From there, you can utilize our shuffle feature to hear a variety of musical styles in one listening session. Shuffle plays a one-song set from a random station that you've included in your mix and then moves onto another song (from a different station). This is significantly different from listening to a single Pandora station.
To address the issue you are having with missing thumbs:
Could you tell me a bit more about what is happening?
Thanks for all your help with this.