Pandora is an online music streaming service that creates custom radio stations for you based on the name of an artist, an album, genre or song that you enter. The playlists that it generates use music that the service believes is similar to what you have entered, increasing the chances that you end up with a radio stream that plays only music that you like. It is not only great for that, but also great for music discovery.
Unfortunately it's only available on their website and the developers offer no options to integrate the radio into music players like Winamp. Until now, that is.
You need the latest version of Winamp (5.21 at the moment). All you need to do is browse to the winamp directory, enter the plugins/ml/ folder and edit the file "ml_online.ini". Find the line that contains "ElementID7=-1" and replace it with the following lines:
Open Winamp again and head to Media Library/Online Services/Pandora. You will need an account with Pandora to make this work. If you have one you are ready to enjoy it in Winamp. (via: googlesystems)
Update: I can't verify if the workaround to play Pandora Radio in Winamp is still working, as Pandora has closed its service for all users that are not from the United States. While it is possible to use a vpn service to connect to Pandora, it is only really reliable if you pay for one, as free do not provide the bandwidth needed to enjoy Pandora for an extended period of time. If you are blocked from Pandora, you may want to try the HTTPS Everywhere workaround to bypass the restriction.
It also needs to be noted that the Winamp folder containing the file that you need to edit may be different, as Microsoft has made changes to Window's default system folder structure. I suggest you use Windows Search to find the file that you need to edit. Just click on the start menu orb, and enter the file name into the box there.
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