A visitor of my site recommended a Pandora music downloader+ application in a comment and I decided to give it a try and see how well it works. 3tunes is relatively stable considering the fact that it is still in alpha development stage. All you need is to download the file which is only about 20k in size and head to the Pandora website. Once the first song starts playing you double click the 3tunes executable and it automatically shows the song which is currently being played on the website.
It saves the songs to c:/, I suggest you visit this from time to time to move and copy the songs that you have been listening to and like. I found no way to change the download location and there is actually no configuration file at all. This will be added in a future release probably. Make sure you register with Pandora so that you can listen to an unlimited amount of songs as the guest account is only good for a few songs after which you are asked to register to keep using the service. Registration is free on the other hand and should not keep anyone from using the Internet Radio service.
Update: 3Tunes is no longer available. A viable alternative to rip the Pandora stream is Stationripper which I have reviewed here on Ghacks as well. Stationripper is a free software for Windows to download and save Internet radio streams. It supports a wide variety of streaming services, including Pandora. Only the commercial version of the software can download Pandora streams though. An alternative is Audials One, also commercial but well suited for the task.
You can alternatively look at my new guide on how to download Pandora Radio to your computer. It uses a free Windows software to achieve that so take a look if you prefer to use free programs to save music that is played by Pandora to your computer.
Keep in mind that you can only download Pandora songs if you can access the site. Since it is now restricted to users from the US, you may need to use a proxy or VPN to do so.Advertisement
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