by Farah Doiguchi, Emeritus College Coordinator

Pandora is a free, personalized music streaming service that can be accessed online or via the Pandora app for iPhone, Android and Windows operating systems. The site allows users to make musical selections by artist, song or genre, and offers music recommendations based on those specifications. All you need to get started is a valid email address. Simply enter the name of an artist or song to create a custom station. To demonstrate, I entered “Elvis Presley” and my Elvis Presley radio station was created. Hound Dog, off of Presley’s 30 #1 Hits album, began playing. I was given the option to “Thumbs Up” or “Thumbs Down” this song, which is used to determine my likes and dislikes. A “Thumbs Down” stopped the song and Rip It Up, another Elvis hit, began playing. Recommendations based on what Pandora deemed a “rockabilly revival, R&B influence” musical style were presented. This included ’50s rock ’n’ roll, The Beatles (which, coincidentally, was the next artist I planned to search for) and Frank Sinatra. Song lyrics, artists’ profiles and discographies are also just a click away. There is also a user-friendly help feature if you get stuck. Enjoy oldies, rock, pop, jazz or alternative hits for free with Pandora!

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The Emeritus College, with support from the Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training at Honolulu Community College, is pleased to offer an iPhone/iPad basics course. The class is fun, informative and paced at just the right speed for seniors to follow along.