Jango beta internet radio
- You can save an unlimited number of stations to your profile, the ability to connect to people with the same taste in music as you
- It won't let you enter a song title; it's still in beta and therefore has a few issues
Despite a few minor snarls, Jango is more than solid. If you dig the whole social-networking scene – and want to see how it can expand your musical universe – then Jango is worth a spin.
If you're tired of tuning in to the same old music, try shaking things up with Jango. Jango streams custom Internet radio stations based on your favourite artists. But it goes way beyond playing DJ; the beta version we tested integrates a social aspect that makes it fun to discover new music by matching you with like-minded listeners.
When you enter the name of an artist, Jango creates a radio station centred on that artist. (But it won't let you enter a song title.) Jango also adds other tunes it thinks you'll enjoy based on a number of criteria. For instance, the service takes into account what users who like the same artist are also listening to, and it looks at stylistically analogous acts from similar genres and time periods. Though the service played some pleasing mixes, it did attempt to skew our Queen station toward Iron Maiden and Ozzy Osbourne.
Jango saves an unlimited number of stations to your profile, and it allows you several ways to customise them. You can add multiple artists to a station (Jango provides suggestions, or you can plug in your own), ban certain musicians, or choose whether you want it to play popular songs, more obscure music, or something in between the two. You can also rate songs so the site knows whether or not to bother you with them.
Customising stations certainly helped us shape the song selections more to our likings, though with only 15,000 artists and 200,000 songs in rotation, the service has limits to what it can play. For instance, at review time, just 10 Queen songs were in the system. (According to Jango, the service has access to much more music than is listed, but analysing it and adding it to the listener database takes time. Jango also says it is constantly adding tunes to the rotation.)
Since Jango follows restrictions defined by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act – and pays royalties to labels and artists – the site is perfectly legal. Jango makes money when you click on links to buy music through its partners as well as through advertising.
Jango's real prowess lies in its social-networking features, which help you hook up with people who have the same good (or bad) taste as you when you create a Jango profile. The Jango player (located at the upper-right of the Jango browser window) displays alternate songs by the currently playing artist, as well as users who are listening to the same performer or similar artists.
Clicking on a song takes you to the station that's playing it; selecting a user takes you to their Jango profile page, where you can check out that person's stations and other information (birth date, location and favourite books and movies, for example) that they have chosen to share.
The site also lets you keep track of what your Jango Friends are rocking out to, and attempts to connect you with like-minds – users with similar musical inclinations as yours. One polite touch: Jango offers to send a thank you whenever you tune out of another listener's station.
For the most part, music streaming was smooth, with a few rare stutters; on one occasion, Jango indicated that a song was playing even though there was no audio. Skipping to the next track fixed the problem. The site is still in beta, and we noticed a few other slight glitches. For instance, the Listeners or Songs tab occasionally appeared blank, and the song history section didn't always update. Jango says that it is working on repairing a number of issues.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 2 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 3 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Microsoft delves deeper into AI with new kit bag of tools
- Samsung unifies smart-home products with Bixby 2.0
- Dropbox go pro with Dropbox Profesional
- Intel launches AI-driven anti-money laundering solution
- Nvidia unveils Pegasus, an AI computer that can power fully autonomous vehicles
PCW Evaluation Team
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review
- Apple TV 4K review
- Legion Y520 Gaming Laptop review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCC++ Developer - Financial Services - Contract - Sydney CBDNSW
- FTManagement Consultant - ConsultancyOther
- FTFeature Team Lead - paying $725 per dayOther
- TPIT Cloud EngineerNSW
- FT.Net Developer- Active Baseline Clearance RequiredOther
- FTNetwork Support Engineer - HFC and FTTxOther
- TPProject Manager - IT SecurityQLD
- FTSenior .Net DeveloperQLD
- FTRigger TechniciansOther
- CCIntegration SpecialistNSW
- FTProject Manager - Rail Industry or Survey or Construction bkgrdOther
- FTSenior Strategy Specialist - Direct / ConsumerOther
- TPBusiness Improvement ManagerNSW
- FTIT Service Delivery ManagerOther
- FTICT TrainerOther
- CCSystems Analyst / Consultant ? SAPQLD
- TPProject Services - Support RolesACT
- CCMicrosoft Dynamics AX Project ManagerQLD
- FTTechnical Business AnalystACT
- FTSolution Manager - SAPOther
- FTCommunications ManagerOther
- FTWindows EngineerOther
- FTKofax Application DeveloperOther
- CCIntegration AnalystVIC
- CCOrganisational Change ManagerNSW