As a former paid user of Pandora, one of the items that really had the ability of aggravating me is the "xxx thumbs radio" that happened once you thumbed up a certain amount of songs... Just because I thumbbed them up, doesn't mean that I only want those songs added as a playlist. It is redundant. The point of having thumbs ups on the channels is to get more songs that are similar, as well as hearing those songs more often. On that note, once upon a time you were able to shelf a song for some amount of time. It seems that option has been removed... There should be a rating system that goes further than thumb up or thumb down. One that says "this song isn't right for this channel". For the moments when a song that has no business being on a channel (ie Johnny Cash plays on a death metal channel). As of right now, you have to thumb down that song, but that only tells Pandora that you do not like that song, not that the song doesn't belong mixed in with the rest. A other idea along the same lines, the ability to fine tune your channels. If I type in 1980s, I would expect only 1980s songs to play. That is not the case. I would get tracks from all over the decades, strewn about in no specific order. Maybe an advanced search bar may be the solution. Not just searching for genre, song, artist, but having advanced options that you can choose for instance (band) (date range) (genre). Tears For Fears, 1980-1989, post punk. Only songs that meet the criteria chosen will play. Those advanced search options would cut down on songs that don't belong, say Eifel 65's Blue right now may have some similarities to Tears For Fears with the tags system that is currently part of Pandora, but has no place being played in a channel that someone created based off of the new wave style of 1980s Tears For Fears.
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I agree that we should be able to axe certain versions of songs. It is quite annoying to hear screaming, cheering and clapping after many cleanly recorded studio songs. @KingCityDJ wrote: Am I the only one who thinks we should have a way to exclude live performances from our listening experience? Make this happen. Moderator Edit: Changed title for clarity
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Haaaaaaaaah! I have reached out because of these issues for quite some time. Many of them continued to happen, then I got more issues. This isn't a "Troubleshooting experience" as the moderators changed my title to... This is venting about pandora! Not to mention this is not just an issue in android, but the windows app, and website as well. You guys are not getting my $10 a month any more as spotify has almost the same options for half that price, plus I get hulu and showtime added in. I can also control my media from my computer, app, or phone for each of those devices. If I switch from computer to phone, I can just click a button and keep listening. The app also doesn't stop when a device that is not being used to listen to audio disconnects. I swear I was one of the last loyal pandora users I know. I found better options out there, with less issues.
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I want to vent my frustration with Pandora... I have been a user of Pandora since they first arrived. When I got an office job, I paid for the good plan, you know, the one where you can make playlists and have on demand music... Unfortuantly, I dealt with glitch after glitch with the service and finally decided to throw in the towel last week. Playlists were frustrating to make. Deleting stations never worked as planned. EVERY time I start the music, I get the "somebody else is listening to your Pandora account" then I click "Let me listen" and I get to listen to the last song played, again, followed by "someone else is listening...". The app would stop playing when my Bluetooth remote control disconnected (or any device disconnected whether or not it was being used for audio, like my fitness tracker!). I would have to spend extra time telling Pandora I was online, and to not put me in "offline mode". Music would randomly stop playing. The sites would stop responding. This is a service I was paying $10 a month and had nothing but Beta level issues!
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