This free internet radio service is quite cool. It runs through flash, so there’s an Adobe AIR app that will allow you to control it right from your desktop.
I have yet to get AIR working on Ubuntu (I hear it’s buggy). I’d like to give it a try, but if it’s buggy and crashy, I don’t think I want to use it.
Anyway Pandora has many different stations all ready for you to listen to. You can set them up in your “queue” and listen to them on a “shuffle” mode. That sounds really cool. I haven’t tried it yet, but if I ever get a chance to sit and code or whatever, I’ll definitely put my stations on shuffle and see what it comes up with.
Anyway, I like this program for different reasons than last.fm. Don’t get me wrong, I like last.fm (and always will) but this is different and I’ll give it a test drive for the next couple of weeks. I might end up going back to last.fm, but who knows? Last.fm seems to have more indie stuff. I like indie stuff. :)
I guess the concensis is that I’m still undecided. I won’t limit myself to one or the other, but last.fm is more integrated into other applications: Banshee, iTunes, Rhythmbox and others. If Pandora becomes more integrated into these other applications, I might use it more.
Like I said, we’ll see.