Hi, @Diane57. 👋
Nice to see you around the community space. I do see that you recently created a new Pandora account. I'm happy to share more about how Pandora works.
Pandora offers three ways to listen: free ad-supported Pandora, Pandora Plus, and Pandora Premium. Each option offers access to our industry-leading radio and podcast service.
As an ad-supported or Pandora Plus listener, you can access stations designed to introduce you to new music through the artists and songs that you know and love. You can type in your favorite artist or song and Pandora will do the rest. Music that is similar to your musical tastes will play in your station.
When listening to stations, you are able to rate music by giving it a Thumbs Up (meaning you like it and want more music like that on your station) or Thumbs Down (meaning you don't like it, or don't want music like that on this particular station). When you give a song a Thumbs Down, that song will never play again on that station.
We use a similar, personalized approach to help you discover podcasts and recommend new ones to you. Thumb up podcast episodes you love, and we’ll recommend more podcasts like it! Thumb down episodes you don’t like, and we’ll tune our recommendations accordingly.
Pandora Premium subscribers can enjoy the same service along with the ability to listen to music on-demand and create custom playlists. You can add songs to your collection with Premium as well.
Let us know if you have any other questions. 🎧
Correct, the ability to listen to on-demand content, like songs, albums and playlist is a feature of Pandora Premium.
Pandora is a music discovery service. As a free, ad-supported listener, you can create stations (similar to radio) based on a song or artist that you already know, and similar music will play on that station. You can further customize your listening experience by using thumbs to tell Pandora what you like and don't like.
Alternatively, if you're not ready to upgrade to Pandora Premium, you can enable Premium Access. Premium access allows listeners to enjoy playlists, albums, songs and other content on-demand, without paying for a subscription.