Pandora to the rescue

Pandora to the rescue

I made a one-day trip this weekend to northern Illinois.

I wasn’t sure whether I’d come back the same day, so I packed a bag just in case.

I had work still to do that night, so I left for home about 5 p.m.. I listened to Chicago news radio for a while until I’d gotten through the cycle and started to lose the signal. I was going to switch to my iPod but realized I had forgotten to pack it in the first place.

This was not exactly a major problem in the world. I was 40 or 50 miles north of Bloomington on I-39. I could make it home in silence, or have one of those conversations in the car that you can only have when you’re the only one in the car.

Other people have those conversations, right?

Instead, I got the phone charger from my glove box, and hooked my Droid up to my car stereo. And I launched Pandora.

And the rest of the drive, except for fewer than five seconds one time, I never lost the signal and had terrific music to listen to. I tried switching “stations” and, except for the lapse while the switch happened, there was no loss of tunes.

I don’t know whether the Droid is that good, or Pandora is, or the Verizon network in the middle of Illinois is.

But it made me wonder whether I should sell my iPod.


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