I just got a message from TiVo about a free service that is now part of my regular TiVo subscription. Pandora is an Internet radio service that is now available to TiVo users with TiVo HD, HD XL, Series3™, Premiere and Premiere XL boxes.
It only took a few minutes to set up Pandora on my TiVo and I was quite happy with how it works and looks. One of the things that I really liked seeing is that Pandora displays album art. Other services that I've seen do not include this feature.
Pandora allows users to set up radio stations based on the artists and styles of music that they like. To test the service, I created a station based on Pet Shop Boys. I then clicked the "thumbs up" button for a few songs that I liked and now Pandora has been serving up songs that I like for about 30 minutes.
My only complaint is that I would like the album art to be larger. There is a lot of wasted space on my TV screen and I would rather have it filled with the album cover than all of those blue pixels. At least Pandora gives me something to look at instead of just the artist name and song title. Being able to identify the album is a big plus.