How Pandora Grew to Get 60 Million Listeners (via GigaOM)

July 22, 2010

I am using Pandora in PC either through Boxee or Web Browser, so I can’t comment about using it on Iphone, but why I like and why I think its increasing its users base is because
– Its free
– I like the way the UI is designed, its simple yet captures all the needs like search, feedback like, don’t like etc
– Very good at creating stations which I think are like playlists which you don’t have to create
– Allows users to be exposed and explore the world music, because before using Pandora I was very rare listener of music , but after being introduced to it, I have started listening to music atleast 3 times a week.

How Pandora Grew to Get 60 Million Listeners One of my long-standing beliefs is that when you add connectivity to any device, you open up a new world of opportunities. Whether it's the dashboard in your car, your television screen or simply your gaming machine, Internet changes everything. One company that seems to have taken that lesson to heart is Pandora, which after nearly ten years of struggle has hit its stride and is growing at a rapid clip. Today, the company announced it has 60 mil … Read More

via GigaOM


YouTube leanback

July 8, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/leanback
http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2010/07/youtube-leanback-offers-effortless.html

YouTube leanback allows users to navigate YouTube videos just with keyboard, and gives a TV viewing like experience.

2 problems or how to do things I find are –

  • Is it possible to link IR remote control to leanback so that I can control using remote.
  • How to search for vidoes

Boxee in Ubuntu 64 bit

May 28, 2010

Couple of times I wanted to use Boxee in Ubuntu 64 bit, but failed attempting it because there was no official support for it. Recently I found that they have released it Ubuntu 64 – Boxee. I downloaded and installed the .deb file and it started and worked without any problems. Even IR remote which I had configured for XBMC worked without any change for Boxee too, which I believe is because Boxee is based on XBMC code base.

Also I fount that they are planning to sell a hardware Boxee Box, which looks good, but one more addition they can make to the hardware is to add a DVD / Blu ray drive