Back in the days when Pandora radio was still available for users from all over the world, it added features to the music discovery niche that were not there before in the way Pandora offered them.
Vibin looks in many regards just like Pandora when the service went life for the first time. The core difference between the two services is that Vibin is only making available electronic music in all of its subgenres, and not all music genres like Pandora does.
When you first open the Vibin website in your browser you will notice a clean interface. You can select a genre, DJ, festival or city to get started.
Genres include everything that is hot right now, from Electro House to Dubstep, Club and Electronica. Once you make your first selection, music starts to play right away, and will not stop until you close the window or switch to another radio station.
You see the album cover of the current and next track displayed in the interface, and a music player below that. You can skip tracks, pause playback for a while, or change the volume directly on the site. It is furthermore possible to filter stations by track length, and to share tracks on the usual social networking sites.
Another interesting feature is the discovery service, that lets you enter the name of an artist to find related artists, that you can listen to right on site. A click on Discover opens the service in a new browser tab so that the music that is playing on the main site continues to play.
Registered users can save custom radio stations as playlists, to continue listening to those stations when they visit Vibin in the future.
If you have been burned by Pandora before, you may be wary of any new service that is offering unlimited access to music on the Internet. And that is understandable. It is not really clear where the service is headed. It is quite possible that it will go the Pandora way, block access to the service from some countries, and add pro accounts to the service. But that is just one of the possibilities. The site operators could also think about selling albums, tracks and concert tickets to finance their service instead.
Vibin for now is an excellent destination for electronic music aficionados.Advertisement
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