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>> Pandora.com is one of the most popular way s to hear music online. Part of the appeal is the simplicity. Just type in your favorite song or artist, and Pandora will create a personalized radio station just for you. But for better or for worse, that's about as far as most people go with Pandora. If you dig a little deeper, though, there are tons of cool little ways you can push your Pandora experience further. First, let's go over some of the basic, but often misunderstood, features. Any song currently playing in Pandora includes a thumbs up or a thumbs down rating that helps tailor the station to your tastes. In between the thumbs is a menu button that offers useful features, such as bookmarking the currently playing song or artist, purchasing the track from iTunes or Amazon, or viewing an explanation of why through song is playing. Your personal Pandora radio stations have a similar button, offering options such as emailing the station to a friend, renaming the station, finding other Pandora listeners with similar taste, and the ability to edit or delete the station. The station edit option is more impressive than it sounds. Here you can create a description of your station and see a history of what songs you've rated with a thumbs up or a thumbs down. More importantly, you can beef up your station with additional songs or artists, enlarging the scope of music you're likely to hear. For example, a station that started out as Jimmy Hendrix radio could be renamed and expanded to include all your Guitar Heroes. Back on the main playback screen, you'll also find a bunch of features in this block under your stations. Here you can browse Pandora's selection of genre-based stations, view the lyrics of the currently playing song, read artist's biographies, and more. But to really take a look under the hood, click on your profile page. Here you can view your bookmarked songs and artists, listen to song samples, and buy the songs you really think are worth keeping. If you look closely, you'll notice that this list is available as an RSS feed. You can use this data however you want, but if you click on this little blog button on the left side of your profile page, you'll see that Pandora's already made a handful of sidebar templates you can just copy and paste into your own blog or website. This RSS data also lets you show off your Pandora Diction on Facebook, which you can activate by clicking on the settings button on your Facebook profile page, and adding Pandora as an imported site. Finally, if you're a stickler for tracking your listening habits on Last FM, there's a mash-up site called "Pandora FM" that will take the songs you hear on Pandora and track them on Last FM. It's not the prettiest thing in the world, but it will bridge the gap if you find yourself frequently using both music services. So there you go. With these tips, hopefully you'll be able to squeeze a little more fun out of Pandora and craft the perfect online radio station. For CNET.com, I'm Donald Bell.
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