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Pandora's Jar -- Automatically Save Pandora Music As MP3s

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:

  1. Download / save mp3 - /pandora station/artist/album/song.mp3
  2. ID3 tagging pandora station name(as comment)/artist/album/song/track/year/genre
  3. Fetches artist bio - via last.fm
  4. fetches last.fm [track stat]
  5. Fetches last.fm [similar songs]
  6. Fetches last.fm [top fans]
  7. Fetches and saves album art - via last.fm
  8. Tags ID3 cover art - (embeds album image in MP3, viewable in ITUNES / IPOD)
  9. Add track to your last.fm account [recent tracks]
  10. Open source
  11. Non hosted
  12. 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.

Rating: 3.5
Operating System: Windows XP (JAVA Required)
License: Open Source
Price: Free
Web Site: http://hak5.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=7413 (link updated 10 October 2008)

[tags]music, pandora, mp3, firefox[/tags]

Comments

The server for this file must be jammed... if you wouldn't mind, encourage someone to post a .torrent to spread that thing around. Kudos on a sweet gadget! b

Please explain to me how this isn't stealing, and how this helps Pandora. Honestly, Pandora is a service I really love, and I sincerely want to help them, not take away from anything that could otherwise mean revenue for them.

If you/we are a fan of Pandora, then I believe we all should give them the respect they deserve and help grow their business, expand their user base, and not turn their product into a magnet for pirates... which could ultimately lead to their doom.

So please, help me understand how this helps them.

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You could possibly argue that it helps them because it may provide a momentary surge in visitors, thus giving them a wee bit of advertising revenue and attention, but once the RIAA figured out what was going on, you'd best believe it wouldn't last long.

Good point Byrne Reese! At first I got excited about the ability to get the music for later listening until I read your comments. Great thoughts!

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how do you download the pandora's jar, i can't find it on the link that you provided. need help. anyone. thnks.

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[...] Download of the Day: Pandora’s Jar (Windows) December 5th, 2006 by Lifehacker Windows only: Save streaming Pandora tracks as MP3s with Pandora's Jar, a new Java-based utility. More sophisticated than 3tunes, a similar program we looked at a few months back, Pandora's Jar actually has an interface, one that appends itself to the Pandora player. You can save the currently playing track just by clicking Grab This Track, or enable "cruise control" to save all tracks automatically. Pandora's Jar can also optionally integrate with last.fm to fetch artist bios, track stats, album art, and other info. That alone makes the tool worth having. There's even an option to automatically add saved tunes to your iTunes library. Setup is a bit complicated, if only because it requires a bit of DOS command-line action. However, I had no trouble getting it up and running by following this step-by-step tutorial. Be sure to read the posts below the tutorial for instructions on creating a simple batch file to automate Jar's operation. We at Lifehacker do not condone or encourage music piracy. Pandora's Jar should be used only to determine if you like a song enough to buy it. If not, you should delete it. Pandora's Jar is free; it requires Windows, Java, and Firefox. — Rick Broida Pandora Timeshifting App [Hak5.org via Software Gadgets] [...]

Why is it that some songs save and others don't? I'm trying to save christmas music and nothing has saved so far. Any ideas?

If you are having trouble finding the Pandora's Jar download, it's been moved to the "Noobs Guide" thread which is linked to in the first post. Here is a direct link to this thread:

http://www.hak5.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=983

Apparently, now pandora requires you to update your flashplayer to player 9 in order to listen, and pandora's jar will not work with flashplayer 9, only 8. I was successful doing this for about a week before the fun stopped.

I hope Hack hurry up and serve up a new hack that allows us to do this again.

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http://forums.hak5.org/index.php/topic,6276.0.html

All the help you need is here, the old link will not work any more as we have changed forum software.

I am sure Pandora.com is negotiating new licenses, please help them and do not abuse them.

I hate to say this but this jar distribution goes against Pandora's interest and their innovative technology that helps folk like me discover music in a truly creative manner.

Please do not stifle innovation and stop work on technology that rips off others from their well earned effort.

Pandora helped me discover music like no other and I hate to loose it.

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Does Sony BMG know about this? I bet they would defiantly be disappointed.

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Yeah... this is illegal, so dont use the jar.

...don't know about all of that.

Latest release here:

http://hak5.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=7413

Tom Raywood



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