If you’ve never heard of Pandora before and you like music, you should stop whatever you are currently doing and check it out. Pandora is currently in the news for a new premium service, Pandora One, that for $36 a year buys you an advertisement free version of Pandora (no visual ads and no audio ads) and lets you use a new Pandora Desktop application. No ads for $36 a year is a pretty good deal, and being a huge fan of the service, I hope a lot of people fork over the money so that Pandora can keep hopping.
The Pandora Desktop App works on both Windows and Mac, but it runs on Adobe AIR, which traditionally can be a memory-leaker and total resource hog. So although I’ve never used it and although your new Pandora One subscription may allow you to download the application, if you’re on OS X, I highly recommend that you simply install Fluid app and create a web browser just for Pandora. It works great and doesn’t hog your memory. If you’re on Windows, download Google Chrome and create a separate app just for Pandora.