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Pandora Radio



Popular Internet radio app great for discovering new music.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn about select song components -- such as minor key tonality -- via written info from the Music Genome Project, which tracks and compares song details. Kids can also read brief musician bios. The app doesn’t offer much in-depth musical info (such as song time signatures); it wasn’t designed to show how music is made. The music notes and bios are interesting extras. Kids are more likely to be enticed by how they can customize their listening experience, as they can enjoy everything from classical to alt-country to calypso. Pandora helps kids discover and gain appreciation for new songs, artists, and genres.

Ease of play

The app is extremely easy to use. All you need to do is register and enter musicians' names to create different music channels -- then sit back and listen.


Teens can create stations that will play songs with violent lyrics. Parents can enable the explicit content filter with a PIN; this will limit content to what would be played on daytime broadcast radio.


Teens can create stations that will play songs with sexual lyrics. Parents can enable the explicit content filter with a PIN; this will limit content to what would be played on daytime broadcast radio.


Teens can create stations that will play songs with mature lyrics. Parents can enable the explicit content filter with a PIN; this will limit content to what would be played on daytime broadcast radio.


Teens with a free account will hear and see ads regularly. Users can pay $36 a year to subscribe to Pandora One, which doesn't have ads and offers a higher audio quality when listening on the web.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Teens can create stations that will play songs glorifying drinking drugs, and smoking. Enabling the explicit content filter will limit some but not all of this type of content.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Pandora is an Internet radio app that lets users create stations based on favorite artists, songs, or composers. Users must be at least 13 and need to sign up for a Pandora account to use the app. Registration is free but requires your name, zip code, birth year, gender, and a password you create. You can't add profile info through the app -- you'll need to log on to a computer to do that -- but you can make your profile private by unchecking a box during registration (if you don't, the profile will be visible to everyone).

What's it about?

Like the online version of Pandora, the app lets users create customized stations by entering the name of an artist, band, or song; Pandora will then play that musician’s songs and ones from similar artists. As kids listen, they can indicate whether they like a song, and Pandora will program the station accordingly. There are some limits: You can’t play specific songs, and you can only skip a few each hour. However, kids can easily discover new music they like through the app’s music-matching capabilities.

Is it any good?


The PANDORA app offers a similar experience to its website counterpart. All you need to do is enter an artist's name to create a station that'll play songs from that musician and similar artists and bands. (Station content is based on info from the Music Genome Project, which tracks and compares harmony, rhythm, and other song details.) You won't have the same level of control your iPod provides: Pandora doesn't let you play specific songs, and you can only skip a few tunes an hour. But that's part of Pandora's charm. The app can help introduce you to new music in genres that you like and will fine-tune your stations if you click on the thumbs up or down icons that appear with each song to indicate your preferences.

However, users need to be aware that when you register for the app, your profile will be public, unless you uncheck a box to make it private. Altering other parts of your Pandora profile requires you to log on to the website. (If you want to hide your listening activity or block other users from commenting on your profile, you'll need to manually change those settings online.) If you don't, strangers can easily access your profile -- and, even if your profile is private, users can still find the stations you've made if they search for you using your email address.

Families can talk about...

  • Create playlists of music your kids may not know based on artists you like -- and have them do the same for you!

  • Encourage kids to read the notes Pandora provides about song characteristics. As they begin to recognize more characteristics, challenge kids to identify them in songs on their own.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Subjects:Arts: music, rhythm
Language & Reading: reading, storytelling
Skills:Tech Skills: evaluating media messages, social media
Communication: listening, multiple forms of expression
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:November 16, 2011
Size:5.60 MB
Publisher:Pandora Media, Inc.
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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Kid, 7 years old July 1, 2012

Pandora Radio

great,but try to avoid some inappropriate stations and mostly for 10 + like today's hits but, also listen to stations before kids do
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent Written byhellopamela July 1, 2012

Pandora Radio

we especially like the children's indie radio. i think it is good for 7 and up with parental supervision, and only choice selections. we listen to it as bedtime music together. (i would not let my child have access to Pandora totally unsupervised, and agree that some selections and advertisements are not appropriate.)
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 15 years old Written byrebma97 May 30, 2012

Ok app (3.5/4 stars); some iffy songs

This is a nice app version of the website. I like how it picks songs for you based on your genre interest, but (like the radio) I don't like how you can't skip some songs (sometimes you can, but you can only skip songs a certain number of times). Depending on what song you're listening to, it could be appropriate/innapropriate.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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