One of the things that’s always seemed a bit odd about Pandora’s excellent internet radio service is that it doesn’t sort music by genre. Instead, you pick a song or artist you like, and Pandora will populate a custom-made radio station with songs that are similar in one way or another. Generally this works pretty well and it makes Pandora an excellent service for finding unfamiliar songs and artists you might like. But sometimes it seems like it would be a whole lot easier to just pick a genre to get started.

Someone at Pandora apparently feels the same way, because tomorrow Pandora will launch new genre-based stations. For instance, you’ll be able to select stations such as “Love Songs,” “Classic Rock,” “Today’s Hits,” or “80’s Pop” to get started. You can further personalie the stations by giving songs the thumbs up or thumbs down.

All told, Pandora will be offering over 100 genre stations, which you’ll be able to find at or by clicking the “Create a New Station” panel.

You can access Pandora on the web at There are also mobile apps for iPhone, Android, WebOS, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile. The new genre-based stations feature should be available Wednesday, August 25th.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...

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