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by Gary Woods

Wouldn't it be cool to have a radio station programmed just for you? Well sure it would but where can you get that? Funny you should ask because a service called Pandora can provide 40 hours of music a month for free programmed to whatever you want to hear. If you want more than 40 hours of music in a month you have to dig way down deep in your pocket and find 99 cents to provide yourself with all the music you want to hear.

To get started go to the website, create a user name and password and start entering your parameters. Whether it's a specific artists or styles of music like Classical, Folk, Latin, R&B or Hip Hop you'll be hip deep in tunes in no time. They've also go music from Festivals and Concert around the countryside including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the Country Music Festival.

What brought Pandora on my radar screen was the fact that they came up with a free iPhone app that you can get from the App Store. You can fine tune your station by tapping on the thumbs-up icon when you like something and it'll come up more often in the order or the thumb-downs icon when you a song you don't like comes up and you'll never hear that song again.

So what are you waiting for? Go get a Pandora subscription, download the App, plug in your iPhone to your car stereo Aux input and start cruising.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc