Pandora Overhauls Its 'Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down' Recommendations

Pandora’s newly debuted Pandora Modes function is aimed toward providing extra choices and higher management over suggestions.

A departure from the standard ‘Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down’ suggestion system, the six new listening ‘modes’ nonetheless take person preferences into consideration whereas providing a wider vary of the way to get pleasure from these preferences.

Pandora, now owned by Sirius XM, says the modifications are centered round new traits in music utilization.

The first Pandora Mode is titled ‘My Station’ and works off of the unique Pandora algorithm, whereas the second, ‘Crowd Faves,’ provides choice to the songs with probably the most thumbs up from listeners within the station.  ‘Deep Cuts’ is meant to dive into the catalog of a selected station’s artist or style, whereas ‘Discovery’ pulls in artists who wouldn’t normally play on that station. T

he final two, ‘Newly Released’ and ‘Artist Only,’ are a bit extra selective, with the primary solely grabbing an artist or style’s latest songs, and the second focusing totally on one artist’s catalog.

While Pandora’s system has at all times supplied user-driven music curation, this shift permits for various experiences, with out the chance of dropping a person’s authentic preferences.

Much just like the the traditional Pandora expertise, interactions with the totally different Pandora Modes helps to tell the following set of advisable songs.  But the ensuing playlists at the moment are tweaked right into a varied totally different instructions.

The new function is out there on most Pandora stations, and could be discovered by going to an previous station or creating a brand new one and deciding on Now Playing.  All Pandora Modes accessible for the chosen station can be listed beneath the station identify.

This shift within the system follows a number of different modifications Pandora has made to platform-based content material consumption strategies.  That contains the Stories software, which merges podcasts and music, permitting for brand new storytelling choices and codecs.

Pandora’s new Modes service, launched on March 19th, is out there to free and premium customers on each tier of the service.