I work for a private school and my hours are long—mostly spent slaving over a hot keyboard. Mac, of course. Sometimes PC. In the background is my trusty iPhone playing music—including the ever popular Pandora which streams music online.
The perfect enhancement for that streaming arrangement is PandoraJam for the Mac. Stream music, record music for iPod and iPhone playback, and enjoy life.
Is Free Music Really Free?
If you didn’t fully understand the collapse of financial giants on Wall Street, then you’re not alone. Some of those convoluted business models are way over my head.
Also way over my head is the whole free music scheme from Pandora.
What I do know are the basics. Pandora on my iPhone is one of my all time favorite apps. It’s free**. It’s music I like. Is there anything not to like about this arrangement? Other, than the worry of how long before it goes bust and the US government comes along to bail them out.
Granted, there are caveats. Pandora has two subscription plans. The first** is free but has advertisements and music is limited to 40 hours per month. The second is unlimited and comes with price tag.
Pandora Music On Your Mac
Whichever Pandora plan is more attractive doesn’t really matter much with PandoraJam on your Mac. This nifty little app lets you listen to Pandora when you want, where you want, even offline, sans internet.
PandoraJam can stream music to your Apple Airport Express, or record the music to play back later in iTunes or in your iPod or iPhone.
If you’re of a social mind and can do more than simply spell Last.fm, you can also submit your music playlists so your otherwise musically savvy friends can know what you listen to while you’re not listening to them.
Think of PandoraJam as Pandora on your Mac, but with a few extra features that make it all worthwhile.
It’s like having a personal radio station in your Mac that lets you record what music you stream from online, and save it to play back later in the portable music device of your choice—or, simply play music in iTunes on your Mac.
Setting up and running PandoraJam is a breeze. You’ll need a Pandora account. Create a station within PandoraJam. Use the built-in controls to play and record music. Click to share. Even control sound volume or skip to the next song using the app controls. PandoraJam displays album art and music details within the app and in a floating window.
I don’t fully understand or appreciate the Pandora business model, but it works for me. I never hit 40 hours of music a month, but with PandoraJam it doesn’t matter.