I’m a bit behind the times with some things. I blog, I own an iPod, and I even have a cell phone now. But I hadn’t tried Pandora until yesterday. How did I miss out on this for so long?!?!
If you’re even further behind than me, Pandora is your own, personal, free internet radio. Go to Pandora.com, type in an artist, song, or music type, and then listen to high-quality, free music.
There are lots of bells and whistles, but that’s the basic concept. You can give each track a thumbs up or thumbs down, which tells Pandora whether or not to play things like it again. It learns your preferences and further customizes your radio stations.
But how does this relate to studying? I’ve developed the habit of studying with music playing. It helps me focus, especially when I’m wearing my sound-isolating Shure e2c earbuds.
With Pandora, I have a never-ending supply of great study music. I really like listening to ambient music while I’m studying, so now I can listen to great stuff like Brian Eno’s Music for Airports and Strata by Steve Roach & Robert Rich.
Oh yeah, I’m addicted! I might have to try out the mobile version which works over Sprint’s PowerVision network. You get 30 days for free, then it’s $2.99 per month (I think). That could be well worth it.
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