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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.

The 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.

Sounds 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:

Radio 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!

Rockin' 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. :)

Sleepy Time --- 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.

Kid's 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."



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Comment by Karen, posted 3/19/2010, 7:33 PM:

I did not know about the kid stations on Pandora! Thank you! (I've mainly used Pandora as a language-learning tool for the past several years.)
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