Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday Favorite- Internet Radio

Tye dancing with Granddad
While I've long been a fan of Pandora internet radio for my own listening, we recently began using the site to listen to children's music during the day.  Just like my own listening stations, Pandora creates for us a personalized station based on the children's song and/or artist we chose initially.  When each new song plays, we have the option of "liking" or "disliking" the song.  By liking it, the station automatically plays other similar songs, or by disliking, we are assured we won't ever hear that song on the station again.  

The biggest downside to Pandora is that it plays 30 second commercials every 5-6 songs.  An online commercial-free option is, where I can create my own playlist from songs I find on a search.  This is great if I want to listen to only one or two bands at a time.  Grooveshark also has a radio option for more listening variety, but the like/dislike options don't seem to personalize the music as well as Pandora.

Our recent favorite artist on either radio site is Laurie Berkner.  Her silly, quirky lyrics and catchy tunes are favorites among kids, and totally bearable- even quite enjoyable- for adults.  Most days, I connect my laptop to our stereo so we can listen to an internet radio site on surround sound.  Adding music to our day makes chores more enjoyable, and of course, I can't help but smile when I see Tye dance to the music.  Internet listening sites keep us dancing for free.

Who are your favorite children's musicians?  How do you listen most often?


  1. If you use Pandora that often and the commercials bother you that much, you might want to consider upgrading to a paid account. You'll have unlimited listening, no ads, more skips, and higher audio quality. Also, is another great internet radio site (haven't tried using them for children's music though so I don't know how good they are with that)!

  2. Great idea, Whitney. I'll have to look into the price of a paid account. The commercials don't bother me all that much, but considering that we listen every day, it might be worth it :)

  3. Thanks for the great ideas. It's really funny becuase just the other day my husband and I were having a dicussion about how to let our little boy listen without always having to let him see the videos and run after the computer while using Youtube for songs. So far we are listening to some religious songs and their not that mainstream so we can only find them on youtube, but will be looking for others now with the great suggestions!

  4. I love Justin Roberts for kids! He was at the Morton Arboretum in concert last summer. I think I may have liked it more than my toddler.


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