Also put on the list! RADITAZ?
It seems Raditaz is powered by Echo Nest.
At this rate Pandora stock should be soaring in no time. All their competition is switching to the same engine to power their custom stations. And they are all awful! It doesn't matter how many blogs, tweets, facebook pages, etc. you search to build your station engine. Some teenage twitter queen can in theory impact what I want to hear using Echo Nest. How does that even make sense? You can't build a custom station to your tastes if it doesn't ask you what your tastes are. If you can't add more than one seed and you can't ban artists, then it is a waste of time. And if it doesn't actually learn, which it seems it doesn't, then what good is it?
Actually, Pandora is losing it's listeners.http://siteanalytics.compete.com/pandora.com/
Doubt it will make a comeback.
and here's a program pandora uses to directly measure it's site visitorshttp://www.quantcast.com/pandora.com
Website traffic is falling, but that was to be expected. It follows the fate of the desktop computer. Mobile apps are replacing the need to visit the website. Their listeners measured by Triton Digital are on a climb, which measures listeners instead of visitors.
I think they will hit a wall in a couple years though. It is only a matter of time before we find that there are a lot of people who will use on-demand services to replace radio like Pandora. People continue to say Spotify, Rhapsody, etc. can't compete directly with Pandora. That is true. But I think that fact is irrelevant. The teenage crowd loves Pandora because it is free. But once on-demand services take over a large portion of the market, it will not matter anymore. At that point, internet radio services lose their relevance. Custom playlists on on-demand services are not radio, but it doesn't matter if the listeners use them instead. This is happening, especially with the current teenage crowd. And with an open API, any thing is possible. Radio can be integrated commercial free with unlimited customization. Built-in Echo Nest stations are just the beginning. There are plenty of people, myself included, who will continue to use multiple services. But many won't. It will be Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio and the services using their APIs. Pandora won't go away, but they will need to adapt to stay on the top.
You are right bout that radiophilly! I do like jango I can make a channel and put the bands and or artists in their and it's a great mix for me but the swearing needs to be censored so I can listen to jango! If slacker had a huge mix of alternative and rock.
I do have to thank you, raditaz was a great site.
What's hurting Pandora is it's "skip limit". It's got great features, and a clean site design so it's appealing. But some people will get sick of the skip limit.
Supposedly it is a limit set by the DMCA, yet DMCA does not clearly state that unless I missed it. Some services don't care about the supposed limit. So who knows. Pandora probably won't get rid of it.