Pandora's Jar -- Automatically Save Pandora Music As MP3s
RandallS - Sun, 2006-09-24 13:29
If you like music, you've probably heard of Pandora, a streaming music discovery web application. You give Pandora an artist or a song you like and it creates an online radio station based on that artist or song -- finding and playing songs it considers similar. Amazingly, Pandora generally does a good job understanding "similar" so it's a great way to discover new songs and artists you might like. (Although when it doesn't understand "similar" it seems to select the least similar songs you can imagine.) If you have used Pandora much, you may even know how to save the songs it plays by copying and renaming the files the Pandora Flash application temporarily stores on your computer.
Some months ago, I mentioned a FireFox extension called 3tunes here on Software Gadgets that automated the copy and rename process. It was somewhat klunky, but it worked. Soon after I posted mentioned 3tunes, the extension stopped working and the programmer dropped the project. I've found another program that automatically saves music playing on Pandora in mp3 files: Pandora's Jar. As a bonus, Pandora's Jar also integrates with last.fm.
Pandora's Jar is a JAVA program, so you need a current version of JAVA installed on your system. Chances are it is already on your system. While not a true Firefox extension, Pandora's Jar requires Firefox to work.
Features From the Pandora's Jar site:
- Download / save mp3 - /pandora station/artist/album/song.mp3
- ID3 tagging pandora station name(as comment)/artist/album/song/track/year/genre
- Fetches artist bio - via last.fm
- fetches last.fm [track stat]
- Fetches last.fm [similar songs]
- Fetches last.fm [top fans]
- Fetches and saves album art - via last.fm
- Tags ID3 cover art - (embeds album image in MP3, viewable in ITUNES / IPOD)
- Add track to your last.fm account [recent tracks]
- Open source
- Non hosted
- 100% JAVA
Pandora's Jar does not come with much documentation and it is not the most intuitive application to use. Fortunately, it is fairly easy to use if you carefully follow this step by step tutorial. Once you get the hang of starting Pandora's Jar, you will soon have nicely labeled mp3 copies of everything you listen to on Pandora filling your hard drive. This program's "low" rating is solely because it is hard to use, if I were just rating it's ability to do what it claims, it would be at least a 4.5.
Operating System: Windows XP (JAVA Required)
License: Open Source
Web Site: http://hak5.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=7413 (link updated 10 October 2008)
[tags]music, pandora, mp3, firefox[/tags]