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Pandora releases “Thumbprint Radio,” new stations based on your likes

The ever evolving Pandora music-streaming service has just launched “Thumbprint Radio,” a new personalized station for each listener that will adapt to your specific taste in music according to the company.

“Inspired by each listener’s unique musical tastes,” the company explains, “Thumbprint Radio is based on individual thumbing history and will continue to evolve with every new thumb on Pandora. With more than 60 billion pieces of thumb data, music fans have let us know exactly what they love and every thumb has been crucial in crafting each individual station.”

To access your own Thumbprint Radio station, go to pdora.co/thumbprintradio or search for “Thumbprint Radio” in the mobile app.

According to the company’s announcement, “Thumbprint Radio takes each listener on their own musical journey, through the varied genres that they enjoy listening to on Pandora. Thumbed up songs across country, EDM and metal? Not a problem – Pandora’s musicologists have created an experience that will seamlessly guide listeners through the wide variety of their favorites, while weaving in new music discovery along the way.”

“Thumbprint Radio is a collaboration between each listener and Pandora,” said Chris Phillips, Chief Product Officer at Pandora. “You shared with us what music you love via all your thumbs, and we heard you. We have combined all your favorites with music we know you’ll love to create a new station that reflects your unique musical thumbprint.”

All of your thumbs-up will be part of the algorithm that defines your listening habits, regardless of how long ago you added the track to your list. The company also stated that stations are “endless and constantly evolving,” and are based in real-time off of each listener’s engagement across Pandora.

So in theory, the more you thumb-up music, the more attuned to your choices the station will become and the better the station will be. Because these stations are based on thumbs, in order to ensure the best experience, listeners are able to get their own personal Thumbprint Radio station once they have three stations with at least four thumbs on each.