Here’s an easy way to turn your Mac into a 21st century radio. Two words: Pandora. OK, well that’s three syllables, one word.
Pandora isn’t the one who opened the box of evil. It’s internet radio, but done in a new age way. Pandora is an online, automated music recommendation service. It’s not only popular on the iPhone, it’s a great way to get music on your Mac.
What’s That Radio App’s Name?
If you have the right application. Pianopub is one of the coolest Mac Pandora apps.
Simple. Elegant. Free. Oddly named, too. Pianopub comes with sad faces, smiley faces, colorful buttons, and access to Pandora internet radio.
Which, as everyone knows, is merely another way to get free music on your Mac without the RIAA’s lawyers and goons showing up at your door, accusing you of stealing music online, and chasing you through a shopping mall while carrying three toddlers—I lost a shoe!
I’m hoping that Pianopub is named after a regular piano (the percussion instrument) and a place where friends go to drink in England (a pub), otherwise, I have this crazy image of a noisy keyboard and private body parts.
Pianopub’s interface is as straightforward as a Mac app can get.
It’s simple. Click the Plus button to add a station. Lily Allen is my fav. Except for the medicated look, she’d make a great Dr. Who girl. They’re like Bond girls, but without the sex appeal or pouty lips.
Enter a song or artist and Pandora (via Pianopub) responds with additional songs or artists that you might like.
Because we’re Mac users, we prefer efficiency and compactness, a green ecology, and People Matter Economics, all in a Small Is Beautiful sort of way. Pianopub responds with a way to take small to a whole new level. Smaller.
Is that not just the most clean, neat, cutest, and efficient Pandora interface you’ve ever used? Of course it is.
Click the smiley face button to tell Pandora you approve of their song or artist selection. Click the frowny face button to scream your disapproval.
Check the time remaining, and slide audio left or right to make it (the audio, not the artist), go up or down.
I know how left to right (and back) works, but it still makes more logical sense for the slider to go up and down. But that’s a nit. It’s Friday. And Pianopub is free, so I’m not looking to meet my week’s quota of nits today.