Pandora Reaches 2 Million User Milestone

2Million iPhone UsersRecently in my article, “Pandora Spins My Hits,”  blogged about my experience using Pandora. Well it appears that I’m not the only iPhone junkie enjoying the genius of Pandora.   Last week the company announced that it had reached  a significant milestone of 2 million iPhone users!  Here is a snipit of Pandora founder, Tim Westergren’s post:

At 10:04am this morning we hit 2,000,000 registered iPhone Pandora users!

We’re hearing all sorts of wonderful feedback from listeners who are using it on their commute, jogging with it, plugging it into home audio systems…you name it. And as usual, offering all sorts of great feedback and suggestions. It’s thrilling for us to see the broader vision for Pandora take shape. Our hearty thanks for your continued support and input.

Read it in it’s entirety here.

Pandora is an awesome FREE iPhone application, have you tried it yet?  Which stations are you listening to?

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Avoid Long Lines with New iPhone App, GiftCards

GiftCertificates.comInternetRetailer reported today that has developed an iPhone application, thus entering the emerging realm of mobile e-commerce.  The application allows users to buy gift certificates without accessing a website. Consumes who download the application versus accessing a mobile website benefit from better performance, because the application resides on the smartphone.  The advantage for the developer, in this case, is the ability to increase brand loyalty since the application is displayed on the Featured Retailerssmartphone’s desktop. Download the application here.

Customers can use’s mobile application to browse a variety of gift cards from clothing retailers to restaurants chains.  Once the user selects the gift card they can then send either a physical or e-gift card to a recipient from their iPhone address book, along with a personalized message.

Gift Card CategoriesCapitalizing on the iPhone’s GPS capabilities the mobile application allows users to also locate retailers that are located near the intended recipient, and map directions to the store.

Are you an iPhone owner who doesn’t like to shop?  Would you use this application for your Christmas Shopping?

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Pandora Spins My Hits

Pandora Screen Shot

Pandora Screen Shot

Pandora combines two things that I love – music and technology!  I’m busy! I don’t have the time I used to download songs from iTunes , then create a play list. I hardly have time to fit in my morning run, but when I do, I enjoy listening to music.  Gone are the days when I was a Napster nut – who had time to download an entire CD.  Now, I’m hard pressed to name one song in the top 40.  Needless to say my iPod playlist is certainly sad.  When Chris Brogan tweeted about listening to Pandora one day, I went straight to iTunes and downloaded the free application.  I haven’t stopped listening since I did.

Pandora is an Internet radio website, and most recently, an iPhone application that streams music to your desktop or iPhone.  It very customizable, you can define and refine the stations that are streamed to you.  Users have the ability to customize stations by genre, artist or both.  My stations are dancehall raggee, Beenie Man (raggee artist), hip hop, R&B, traditional gospel, and southern rap.  I was more than happy with 95% of the songs that were streamed to me.  There were a few that I skipped over, but all in all, the selections that were chosen were dead on.  The streams I receive are a nice mix of new music and older songs, that I will definitely add to my collection – as it needs of a lot of help.

iPhone Station List

iPhone Station List

The ability to bookmark a song on both the iPhone application and the website is easy and very convenient,  Although you cannot replay the entire song only a portion of it, you can purchase the song on iTunes or Amazon – both which I have an account with.  When you make changes to you iPhone stations or bookmark a song, it is automatically updated on your web-based account – nice! The convenience of one-click buying with both iTunes and Amazon make Pandora a must have for every iPhone owner and music lover!

Update: Pandora has reached over 2 Million iPhone users!

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BrightKite, My New Favorite Mobile Application

iPhone screenshot of BrightKiteI started using Brighkite two weeks ago, and I can’t stop.  For some odd reason, I enjoy using BrightKite more than I do Twitter.  Don’t get me wrong – I really, really like using Twitter.  But, BrightKite is more about me – where I’m at (GPS), and what I’m doing (ability to post pics) at any given time.  Where as Twitter is primarily a platform for short status updates.  I can tell an annotated story with BrightKite – with Twitter? No not really.  In Chris Brogan’s post, “If I Owned Brightkite”, he discusses the untapped potential for BrightKite,

I see such potential in BrightKite, after using the iPhone application. The website is nothing nearly as nuanced and obvious. In fact, it’s fat and bloated. I’d strip it now that I’ve used the iPhone app. I’d make it closer to the experience that is so simple. (I understand the difference. The iPhone, by providing location information, makes the value far more obvious.)

How do I know it’s my favorite?  Well, last week I caught myself posting a note at 5:30 am before I headed out for my morning run.  Ok, really, who cares?  No seriously, who would be up at 5:30 am, that really cared about me going for a run? But BrightKite is so darn easy to use, why not post GPS-tagged photos about my drive to work, eating dinner at a restaurant, or reading a magazine at Barnes and Noble?  Which I did, with ease.

BrightKite used my Twitter profile to connect me with my friends from Twitter, who also used Brightkite.  Two were listed, Wayne Sutton and Chris Brogan, who both graciously accepted my invitation to connect on BrightKite.  (Thanks Wayne and Chris!)  To my delight I was able to see Wayne ride a Segway in an X-Mas parade, and Chris’ airport adventures in Arizona.  Both were like watching a movie in 3D, as opposed to Twitter, which is like watching it on tv – two totally different experiences.

Do you use BrightKite more than Twitter?

Add me to your friend list on BrightKite and Twitter!

My BrightKite profile online

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Darn! Zhiing only for Smartphones

Zhiing "How it Works"


This weekend I planned to try out Zhiing, a new iPhone application, that uses GPS to text your location direction to someone you have Zhiinged.  Normally my weekends are spent hanging out with my friends, and shopping in the St. John’s Town Center (follow me on BrightKite for a tour of the Town Center). The Town Center is an outdoor mall in Jacksonville, FL.  I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to try out this app.  I shop with my sister and a few friends and were usually in and out of stores, and at least one person always wanders off.  I intended to use Zhiing to reconnect anyone who has strayed from the group.

When I Zhiinged my sis, she received a text that indicated that she received a Zhiing from me, and for her to text her address to the number shown, then she would receive directions to my location!   The reason being – she doesn’t have a smartphone.  Zhiing is built for smartphones, although non-smartphone users can receive Zhiings from their friends who own an iPhone or Blackberry -there are additional steps the non-smartphone user has to take to receive the directions.  I’ve been after her for months to upgrade her phone – she’s still hanging on to Betsy  – her old Verizon flip phone. Had she had a smartphone, she would have received a link in her email that would have taken her to web-based directions to my location.  In the end she called to find out where I was…it was easier!  The idea behind Zhiing is very smart unfortunately I haven’t been able to see it at work.

I haven’t given up…there is a group of us (some with smartphones) going shopping on Black Friday…surely I will have to send a Zhiing!

Have you used Zhiing?

Zhiing on Mashable:

Zhiing Challenges Loopt on iPhone

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SearchMe an Impressive Visual Search App for the iPhone

iPhone users, SearchMe is a fantastic iPhone application to add to your iPhone. After reading Michael Arrington’s post in TechCrunch on SearchMe – I downloaded it, and instantly fell in love.

As an editor/writer for’s project management channel, I was eager to see what a search for “project management” would yield. To my delight the search produced an impressive array of results from some of the leading project management sites on the Web – all in the visual browsing format that is native to iTunes and Macs.

iPhone screenshot of SearhMe results

iPhone screenshot of SearhMe results

Even more impressive was the abiity to filter the results according to keywords such as: management, software and web development!  Check out the screen shot from my iPhone.

This is app is definitely a must have.  I have also installed BrightKite, Yelp, Zhiing, and the new Google voice-activated search application.  Have you tried any of them – I would love to hear your opinions.

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