Internet radio for kids...
Pandora, the Internet music
service that creates radio stations based on your personal musical
tastes, has started serving up music for kids.
If you’re not familiar with Pandora, it is a pioneer of music matching or “recommendation technology” based on the Music Genome Project, the most comprehensive analysis of music ever undertaken.
idea is that any song can be broken down into hundreds of individual
attributes – melody, harmony, rhythms, vocals, lyrics, etc. If you
submit a favorite song to Pandora, it will search its database and come
up with other songs that have the same attributes. It will then build a
“radio station” just for you, one that is comprised entirely of music
that you should love based on your original submission.
unlikely? Try it – the results are uncanny. Pandora unfailingly comes up
with a combination of old favorites and songs you’ve never heard of
that perfectly fit your musical tastes!
Last month after
meticulous research, Pandora announced that it had come up with several
stations dedicated to kids. Recognizing that children’s musical tastes
change rapidly and it’s difficult to ask 5-year-olds to make their own
selections, Pandora’s music analysts did the job for them – with a
little help along the way of course!
Here’s what Pandora has to say about the new offerings:
for Kids --- Meant for kids 7 and under, this station is fun,
educational, and not too baby-ish. For kids who are moving on up from
Toddler Radio. Many musical genres are included here, and due to the
variety and quality of songs, it's enjoyable for kids and adults!
Kids Radio --- Meant for kids 7 and under. This one is my personal
favorite; an energetic station good for dancing, room-cleaning and
high-energy play. This station is a winner for kids (and adults!) who
love upbeat music. Rock out, kiddos.
Toddler Radio --- Meant for
kids 4 and under, this station is educational and fun! A variety of
toddler-friendly themes and music genres are explored. Look for Sesame
Street, Disney, & The Wiggles among others. :)
--- Meant for kids 5 and under, this station is designed to prepare your
tyke for a nap or bedtime (or any time you want to bring the energy
level down a notch). It's full of mellow sounds and sweet lullabies.
Folk Music --- Meant for kids 7 and under, this station features
quality kid-friendly folk music. It's a pretty mellow station... a nice
quiet-time alternative to Rockin' Kids.
Tween Radio --- Meant for
ages 8 to adult. This station is appropriate for those too old for
children's music but a bit too young for rock 'n' roll's more adult
themes. It includes pop music like Miley Cyrus, the High School Musical
cast, The Jonas Brothers, and the cast of Glee.
Best of all, the
stations are free and Pandora can be downloaded for the iPhone and most
other smartphones. As the Pandora blog says: “Never again will you have
to listen to the same CD on repeat for weeks at a time. Anyone who's
under the impression that most children's music is cheesy or that there
isn't much out there, is in for a treat.”