So today while at work Pandora crapped out on my phone. When I say crapped out, it refused to play any station. When I restarted the app it looked like it puked all over itself.
For me, music is life while at work. It drowns out the outside noise and prevents unnecessary interruption. I was now in a tail spin and trying to recover. Then I remembered Slacker Radio. It was already installed on my phone so I decided to give it a shot.
Dear lord I should have switched over sooner. The Android app for Pandora was lacking. I couldn’t easily alter stations and add extra artists manually. I couldn’t easily block a whole artist or say ignore this for a month. Well Slacker has all that in their app and I’m much more impressed by their selection algorithm.
After doing a quick initial artist selection I’ve only had to thumbs down a few times. Even more awesome is I can create sister stations that will bring in new artists more regularly as well as less well known music. That way depending on my mood I can lock it to the stuff I know I’ll want to hear, or I can switch into adventure mode and find something new. Not to mention when seeding a station you can easily grab all similar artists as it lists them.
So yeah, that little glitch that Pandora had today at least for me was actually a good thing.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.