Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pandora Internet Radio

I am an avid Pandora listener.  If you don't know what Pandora is.. It's an internet radio station where you input your favorite song/artist/album and Pandora's algorithms check and playback music that best fits what you chose. Interested?  Check them out at Pandora.com  That being said, I usually bump into their '40 hour a month' cap really quickly.  I found a really helpful guide that lets you get around that 40 hour cap.

To Reset Pandora Internet Radio, do this:
Log out of Pandora and close your browser.
Open up this location on your computer using My Computer:
(note: replace USER with your profile name that you're logged into the computer as):
C:\Documents and Settings\USER\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects
Go into this folder by double-clicking it.  In this folder my be one or more folders with seemingly random characters. Go into the sub folder and find the folder named: pandora.com   Delete it.
Next, go to this location (again replace USER with your profile name):
C:\Documents and Settings\USER\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\macromedia.com\support\flashplayer\sys
Find the folder #pandora.com and Delete it.
Then go to C:\Documents and Settings\USER\Cookies
Delete all the cookies (or just the pandora cookie if you want to save your other cookies)
That's it!  Just restart Pandora and log into the next account that has not expired or create a new account at this point using another email address.  Local information stored on the computer will be removed and your time limit is reset.  Basically you are removing the session information and resetting the saved account total back to 40 hours.  Now Pandora might be saving the account total on their end and there's nothing you can do about that except have more than one account.  The problem is when this session information is saved locally on the computer.  If you log out of a computer and someone else had been using this same computer to listen to Pandora, the hours are totaled up even though there was two or more accounts in use.  This was my issue.  I move around the network working on computers and like to log into Pandora to have some tunage while working.  When one of the office people uses Pandora and they had used up the 40 hours, I was screwed.  Well, I am in control of the computer so I can remove anything stored on it.  So Clearing the Pandora account limit is completely within my control.   Even though I didn't use up my 40 hours someone else did but I was limited to their hours of use.

Hope this helps you all like it has helped me!

21 comments:

  1. I've heard a lot about Pandora I'll give it a shot, really useful guide thanks for sharing it. Followed.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Nice tip, even though I don't listen to that much of Pandora this may come in handy.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I used to download music on internet radios before, I used a software that cutted all the songs and then, the next day I put everything in mp3 and listenned to !

    ReplyDelete
  4. I do that too sometimes. I use IDM (internet download manager) and convert the files in iTunes. Quality is really good

    ReplyDelete
  5. I've been meaning to try out Pandora radio. For some reason I just haven't gotten around to it :/

    ReplyDelete
  6. Nice! Probably slightly against the rules, but hey, sometimes you gotta do it.

    ReplyDelete
  7. hmm, interesting. My mom loves Pandora so ill have to let her know.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I use pandora on my android phone all the time, love it

    ReplyDelete
  9. very nice, thanks for the info :D :D

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thanks for the tip, I'll definitely be checking it out (:

    ReplyDelete
  11. Wow this is really cool! It already helped me find new artists!

    ReplyDelete
  12. im too used to using last.fm

    ReplyDelete
  13. This is a fantastic hack!

    bigunicorn.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  14. great advice man, i really hope to use it

    ReplyDelete
  15. how would you do this for the iphone?

    ReplyDelete
  16. Not entirely sure, to be honest. What I can think of is make an account on a computer, log out of your pandora account on your iPhone, then log in with the account you made with the computer.

    ReplyDelete

Your Ad Here