How to Use the Classic Site


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Important: If you are having trouble following the instructions below, you may be on the redesigned version of our website. You can find the guide to navigating our new site here. 
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Sign in with your current Pandora account
Register a new Pandora account
Create a Station
Add Variety
Edit Station and Thumbs
Shuffle
Moving a track to another station
"I'm tired of this track"
Delete a Station
Change the audio quality
View Bios in Backstage Area
Purchasing Music
Sharing
Create a Shortcut on your Desktop
Keyboard Shortcuts on the Web
Explicit Filter
Change Account Info
Exit or Sign out
Won't Stay Signed In
Custom Skins
 

Sign in with your current Pandora account


Go to www.pandora.com and log in using your full email address and password.

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Register a new Pandora account


In order to register, please go to http://www.pandora.com and click on Register.

1. Enter the required registration information (be sure to enter your only Birth Year and not your entire Birth Date. (Example: 1965)
2. Check the box to agree to the Terms Of Use and Privacy policy
3. Click the Register button

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Create a Station
To create a station on the Pandora website:

1. Type the name of an artist, song or composer into the search bar in the top left corner.

- If you'd like to search for an artist or song without creating a station, simply type it in the search-box in the top-left corner of your home page, but don't press enter.

- After you enter text in the search-box, there is an option to "Search for" at the very bottom of the drop-down menu. Click that, and you can view all the search results.

2. Once you find the station that best matches what you were looking for, click the Create Station button to add it to your current station list.

3. If the artist or song does not show, we may have not have this material in our catalog yet.

Our curatorial team is always adding music and comedy to Pandora's collection. If you're unable to find some of your favorites in Pandora feel free to let us know here.

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Add Variety
Click "Add Variety" under the currently playing station.

Type in the name of another artist, track or composer you like and we'll add music with similar musical qualities to the station.

You can always remove the variety you have added by editing your stations.

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Edit Station and Thumbs
To edit one of your stations from the homepage:

1. Hover over the title of the station you'd like to edit in your station list.
2. Clicking the black arrow that appears next to the station name, then select Station Details.
3. To remove variety (Artist Seeds or Track Seeds) click the X listed to the right of the desired artist or track.
- This same process also works for removing your Thumbed-up or Thumbed-down tracks.
- To Add Seeds, click Add to the right of the seed listing.
- You can also access station details by clicking on My Profile > Stations > Click on the Station Name > Station Details.

Note: You cannot delete stations from My Profile. You can only delete a station by selecting it in your station list on the homepage.

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Shuffle
Shuffling your stations provides a more diverse mix of music by randomly playing songs from the stations in your list. It plays a one-song set from a random station that you've included in your mix and then moves on to another song from a different station.

To use this feature:

1.Click on Shuffle at the top of your station list.
2. Check the boxes next to the stations that you want to include. This is called "My Shuffle."
3. You can click on the arrow to the right of Shuffle to select Shuffle All (which includes all of your stations), or to only include stations from a particular Genre (e.g., Shuffle Dance Stations, Shuffle Rock Stations). You can click back to your My Shuffle at any time.
4. To exit Shuffle - Simply click on another station name.

Note: You cannot edit or delete stations while in shuffle.
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Moving a track to another station
There are two ways to move a track to another station:

1. Hover over the album art on the Now Playing page, click on the arrow that appears between the thumbs and select "Move track to another station."

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2. Click on the album art in upper right hand corner of the page and select "Move track to another station."
3. Select the station that you think the track is a better fit for from your station list.
4. Click Add.

When you do this the track will get a Thumbs down in the current station and a Thumbs up in the station you moved it to.

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I'm tired of this track
If you are tired of hearing a particular song you can choose to not hear it again for a while by doing either of the following:

1. Hover over the album art on the Now Playing page, click on the arrow that appears and select I'm tired of this track.
2. Click on the album art in upper right hand corner of the page and select "I'm tired of this track."

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Delete Stations on the Web
To delete a station on the web:
1. Hover your cursor over the station you'd like to delete.
2. Click the black arrow next to the station name.
3. Select "Delete this station."

You can also click Options under the currently playing station and select "Delete this station."

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Change the audio quality
Pandora on the Web plays 64k AAC+ for free listeners and 192kbps for Pandora Plus subscribers. All in-home devices play 128kbps audio, and mobile devices receive a variety of different rates depending on the capability of the device and the network they are on, but never more than 64k AAC+.

Follow the instructions below to change your audio quality settings:

On the Web:
Once you're signed into your account, click your email address (or name) in the upper right corner, click Settings and select Audio Quality.

On the Desktop Application:
Click on the menu arrow between the two thumbs icons and select Preferences. Audio quality preferences are under Music Streaming Quality.

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View Bios in Backstage Area
The Backstage area is located directly beneath the album artwork on the Now Playing page. Tap "Show More" to expand Artist bios, and view Features of the track.

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Purchasing Music
If you'd like to purchase music that you hear on Pandora, click the 'Buy' link. You can select iTunes, Amazon MP3, or Amazon CD.

If you've been bookmarking songs or artists you like, then you can click on 'Your Profile'. On your profile page, you'll see a list of the bookmarked songs/artists with links to buy from iTunes or Amazon.

You can buy from the song/album pages by clicking on the links under the album artwork.

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Sharing
Click Share under the album art, or click Options under the currently playing station and select “Share this station,” then choose Station or Track. We’ve added a message, but you can edit that to say anything you like.

Choose which site you want to share to, by checking the box next to the Facebook or Twitter icon. Note that you must connect your Pandora account with your Facebook or Twitter account before sharing.

To share a song or station by email, click Share, then click 'Email instead' on the bottom left of the dialog box.

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Create a Shortcut on your Desktop
You can create a desktop shortcut for Pandora by going to http://www.pandora.com and clicking on the P Icon that appears next to the URL. Drag it to your desktop to create a shortcut.

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Keyboard Shortcuts on the Web
Here is a list of our keyboard shortcuts:

Play/Pause: spacebar
Skip Song: right-arrow key

Thumbs Up: plus key (or shift key and equals key)
Thumbs Down: minus key

Increase Volume: alt + up-arrow key
Decrease Volume: alt + down-arrow key
Maximum Volume: shift key and up-arrow key
Mute volume: shift key and down-arrow key

Note: these shortcuts only work while listening on a computer via a browser. They do not apply to the desktop application.

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Explicit Filter
To restrict Pandora from playing songs or displaying ads with explicit language, first make sure you are signed into your account.

Once you're signed in, click your email address (or name) in the top right corner and select Settings.

Select "No. Do not allow explicit content."

To protect this setting with a PIN, choose a password and an email address to send it to in case you forget the PIN.

Click the Save Changes button when finished.

Enabling this filter will limit Pandora to playing music that could play on daytime broadcast radio. Note that this can only be applied to the entire account and NOT specific stations. Once set, this will restrict explicit content for that account on all devices, as well.

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Change Account Info
You can change all your account information (including email, password and zip code) by visiting http://www.pandora.com on your computer and signing in.

Next, click your email address (or name) in the upper right corner of the page and select Settings. On that page, you can make any necessary changes to your registration information. Be sure to hit Save changes when you're done.

Note: When you are updating your password you will need to enter the OLD password to confirm the changes. Then the new one will take effect.


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Exit Pandora or Sign Out of Pandora on the Web
To exit Pandora without signing out completely, simply close out your browser.

To sign out of your Pandora account altogether, click your email address (or name) in the upper right corner and select Sign Out.

Note: you should always sign out of your Pandora account if you are using a shared or public computer.

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Won't Stay Signed In

 

If you're having trouble staying signed in to Pandora, make sure you don't have a setting selected that deletes your cookies or browsing history on exit. (Your sign in used to be stored in Flash local storage and on the new site it's stored in cookies.)

If you're using the following add-on/extensions: Better Privacy or Flashblock, make sure to allow Pandora within them, so you won't be signed out automatically.

If you're using C Cleaner or ATF to remove temporary files from your machine, this could also be affecting your ability to stay signed in.

Lastly, make sure your security software, such as Norton Internet Security, isn't automatically performing "cookie cleaning" which might cause this.

 

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Custom Skins

 

Surround the Pandora player with one of our custom skins that will make the look of Pandora as personalized as the music.

 

Once you're signed into your Pandora Plus account, click Change Skin on the upper right corner and select a skin.

 

**Custom Skins are not available on the the redesigned website. To learn how to use our new wesbite, please check here

 

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