"Good buy, low royalties, popups even in paid version"1.5 starson by leo-9
Pros: I like being able to create separate stations for easy listening rock, jazz, etc. The algorithm for offering new music selections is very well done.
Cons: Artist royalties are dismally low. Even top rock stars typically get around $2500 a year. Less well known artists don't stand a chance. Also, their website started popping up a "Tip" asking if I want to buy a track/album, EVERY time I "like" a song.
Summary: I have a lot invested in setting up my stations over the years and am mostly pleased with how Pandora operates. However, if I were starting right now, I would seriously consider alternatives ...especially ones that paid better royalties. I would even be willing to pay a bit more if it went to the artists. My musician friends are having a tough time making a living in the Internet age! Also, as I said in another section, I find their constant popups asking me if I want to buy songs that I like irritating.