Pandora Just Hit 10 Billion Thumbs

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Pandora has now clocked an impressive 10 billion thumb ratings, according to details disclosed by founder Tim Westergren in Los Angeles.

“We’ve now reached 10 billion thumbs,” Westergren told an audience at Musexpo at the W Hotel in Hollywood on Monday, and the accomplishment was later blogged on pandora.com.  “Of the many milestones we’ve hit over the past 6 years, this is perhaps the one that makes us most proud,” Westergren relayed.   “Little by little we are all collectively creating a music discovery engine that might just deliver on the grand promise of the web – a completely personalized listening experience for every user, and an effective outlet for tens of thousands of deserving artists.”

Westergren also reaffirmed an earlier figure, specifically a collection of 800,000 songs.  That reflects a considerable level of manual curation, though Pandora has never been in the race to amass millions (of songs, that is).  That means the artists in the collection get a lot more attention: according to details revealed by Westergren, 95 percent of all songs get played in any given month.

And the 10 billionth thumb?  It was for “Ridin’ Solo” by Jason Derulo – and it was actually a thumbs up.  Beyond that, Pandora declined to give us the juicy ratio of thumbs ups vs. downs.