Jango (website)

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Jango logo.PNG
Type of site
Internet radio, social networking
Available inEnglish, Spanish
Created byDaniel Kaufman, Chris Dowhan, Mattias Stanghed, Johan Sandstrom, Josh Engroff, Matt Knox, Steve Eddy
Alexa rankDecrease 18,883 (Global, May 2018)
LaunchedNovember 2007
Current statusOnline

Jango is a free online music streaming service available worldwide.[1]

Stating that its uninterrupted playlists are handmade by music experts and many of them are updated weekly[2], the service will recommend its users on various playlists mainly based on mood or activity. Jango offers playlists for activities such as waking up, working out, commuting, concentrating, unwinding, entertaining, and sleeping. Unlike Songza, there're no other filters (activity, decades, mood) to narrow the searched results down except the genre-based ones. Users are able to skip unlimited times, like and ban a predetermined number of songs, alongside adjusting the variety, and add up to six artists onto the playlist. The service will adapt to the user's personal music preferences based on all of these settings. Users would find playlists not just based on artists or genres, but also based on themes, interests, and eras, such as "Featured in Apple Commercials", or "Misheard Lyrics".

In addition, users are also able to create their own playlists themselves based on their favourite artists.

The service can be accessed either through a web browser or with its mobile app on a smartphone.[3][4]

In 2007, Jango became the first music streaming platform to introduce a social networking aspect to radio stations. Users can share their playlists or listen to playlists 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 receiving 50 upvotes from the listeners will get pushed 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.

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. ^ "Help / FAQ". www.jango.com. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  3. ^ Rosoff, Matt (December 19, 2007). "Jango: refreshingly simple online radio". CNET. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  4. ^ Lu, Cathy. "Jango (beta) Internet radio site". Computerworld. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  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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