Jango (website)

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Jango logo.PNG
Type of site
Internet radio, social networking
Available in English, Spanish
Created by Daniel Kaufman, Chris Dowhan, Mattias Stanghed, Johan Sandstrom, Josh Engroff, Matt Knox, Steve Eddy
Website jango.com
Alexa rank Decrease 18,883 (Global, May 2018)
Commercial Yes
Launched November 2007
Current status Online

Jango is a free online music streaming service.[1] It allows users to create and share their own customized music channels or one of the 930 expert-curated channels (for instance, Today's Top 100 and Friday Night Party). The service can be accessed either through a web browser or with its mobile app on a smartphone.[2][3] Unlike Pandora, Jango is not geo-locked, but the skipping feature is unlimited.

In 2007, Jango became the first music streaming platform to introduce a social networking aspect to radio stations.[4] Users can share their stations or listen to stations created by others in the Jango social network.[5][6]

The site also provides independent artists the opportunity, for a fee, to showcase their music by recommending their songs alongside that of similar popular artists.[7] This feature is called Jango Airplay, band and solo artists alike can buy 1,000 plays for as little as $30. There're three rules related to this feature:

  • Airplay song can only be played once within any two-hour period.
  • An Airplay song, once played, will not play again throughout that entire day.
  • Any song receives 50 upvotes from the listeners will get push into the regular playlist rotation at no extra cost.[8]

Jango's business model is derived from advertising revenues and transaction fees from selling music through the site. There is currently no premium services available for the site.[9]

Based in New York City, Jango was launched in November 2007 by Daniel Kaufman and Chris Dowhan, who were previously the founders of Dash.com.[10]

At the time of 2009-2010, Jango only had 200,000 tracks from around 15,000 artists in its library[5]. By November 2014, Jango's library size is 15 times bigger, topping 30 million songs. As of February 2016, Jango had 8 million active users.



The channels on Jango do not include interruptions thanks to the adverts being heard once daily and banners regularly seen in the desktop version. Because they may combine multiple filters, it is not impossible for a user to see the exact same channel in two or three different sections (for example, a 1980s-pop dedicated station is going to be seen on both the "pop" section and another "80s" section). Programming is primarily in English, however, multiple channels feature programming in Latin, Jamaican, Indian, among multiple other languages. Channels are divided into two types: genre (scheduled program made up of tracks selected by a music programmer) and custom (a mix of similar artists' songs and popular songs based on other users' feedback). Jango users can develop any of them by rating favorite songs and banning artists or songs. Jango also allows users to customize them to their liking by adjusting settings of familiar/unfamiliar/depth and add (up to six) artists to expand the playlist rotation. Later, the artists that listeners added themselves will be listed on the station's name to avoid confusion with the programmed similar channel. When a user searches the name of a specific band or artist Jango will instantly create a custom channel based on that musician along with similar artists. This feature allows users to discover new artists similar to the ones they already like.

Each track played can be responded to with favorable (thumbs up) or unfavorable (thumbs down) buttons, which, respectively, gets the song play more often, or ban it straightaway. Listeners can also skip songs as many times as they want. Either of the methods, once used, immediately stops the current airplay of the track. Unless the listener goes to a separate "Banned Songs" list and adds the song back, it will not be played again not just on the current channel, but for the entire listening experience. No response is applicable to musical attributes or to albums. At any moment when a song is playing, listener can click the song-branded image (only available on computer) and re-listen to any of the earlier songs alongside watching their videos.

A menu is provided with options at the right of the player seen on the computer, including letting the listeners see the song's full lyrics and the artist's latest Tweet and Wikipedia biography. At the end, there are five options: "Share" (allowing a user to share a song on Twitter/Facebook), "Buy" (purchase the song from iTunes or Amazon), "Profile," "Pictures" and "Videos" (featuring the artist's songs, pictures and other stations that list that artist on the variety).

There is a setting in each member's account allowing the user to censor songs with explicit lyrics. The censoring option applies exclusively to song versions from albums with a Parental Advisory label, as other songs with censored versions will have that version played.

While listening, users are offered the ability to go straight to the similarly-formatted or earlier-listened stations.

Jango vs. Pandora differences[edit]

Pandora Jango
When user thumbs up a song, songs that have similar "musical attributes" will be played. When user thumbs up a song, it'll play more often.
When user thumbs down a song, it won't be played again only on that individual station. When user thumbs down a song, it won't be played again.
User is able to start a new station based on an artist, song or genre. User is only able to start a new station based on an artist.
User is only able to adjust the variety settings and add artists on his/her custom-created stations. User is able to adjust the variety settings and add artists on any station.
Advertisements, in either banner or audio, is noticeable in/after almost every song. Advertisements are only seen on desktop version. Audio ads are heard once per day.
Pandora offers Pandora Plus as a premium subscription service. Jango is completely free.
Pandora is only available in America. Jango is available worldwide.
Readymade stations only focus on genre and sub-genre. Readymade stations focus on activities, moods, themes, genres, eras and special occasions.
Free users are allowed to skip 6 songs per hour per station. Any user are allowed to skip an infinite number of songs.
Pandora has around two million songs. Jango has around thirty-one million songs.
On the desktop version, Jango allows users to see the song's lyrics, the artist's latest Tweet and Wikipedia biography.
Pandora has approximately 80 million users. Jango has approximately 9 million users.
Pandora allows users to play songs on-demand on its Pandora Plus service. Jango doesn't allow users to play any song on-demand.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rowell, Catherine (September 14, 2016). "Popular music-streaming services". USA Business Review. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Rosoff, Matt (December 19, 2007). "Jango: refreshingly simple online radio". CNET. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Lu, Cathy. "Jango (beta) Internet radio site". Computerworld. Retrieved 2017-12-08. 
  4. ^ Young, Joseph (March 17, 2016). "NeuCoin Reaches 275,000 Users After Launch of Facebook Game and Jango Radio". Bitcoin Magazine. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Lu, Cathy (February 27, 2008). "Jango (Beta) Internet Radio Site". PC World. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  6. ^ Healey, Jon (March 21, 2008). "How to get ahead in webcasting". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  7. ^ Brown, Adam (June 23, 2009). "Jango: Free Personalized Internet Radio". App Appeal. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  8. ^ Schonfeld, Erick. "Pay-For-Play Comes To Online Radio. Is That a Bad Thing?". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2017-12-08. 
  9. ^ Higginbotham, Stacey (January 9, 2008). "Jango and Seeqpod Hope to Monetize Music". Jango and Seeqpod Hope to Monetize Music. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  10. ^ Adams, Simon (2013). 101 Ways to Market Your Music On the Web. Lulu Press Inc. ISBN 9781447546979. 

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