How to Use Pandora on Winamp

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Winamp is a music management suite that can be configured to play Pandora radio stations from within the Winamp interface. Pandora is an Internet-based music service that allows you to create customised "radio stations" according to your music preferences. Although no official Pandora plug-in exists for Winamp, you can adjust the software settings file in a text editor so that the Pandora Web-based player is an available option in your media library. Once configured, you can use Pandora by selecting that option from the available online services in your Winamp library.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Close Winamp if the program is running.

  2. 2

    Click "Start," type "Notepad" in the search box at the bottom of the menu, then press "Enter."

  3. 3

    Click "File" and select "Open." Open the Winamp settings file "ml_online.ini" located in the following directory:

    C:\Program Files\Winamp\Plugins\ml\

  4. 4

    Replace "ElementID[number]=-1" with the following text:

    ElementID11=11000

    ElementIcon11=11007

    ElementSubbed11=1

    ElementName11=Pandora

    ElementURL11=http://www.pandora.com?cmd=min

    iElementID12=-1

  5. 5

    Click "File" and select "Save."

  6. 6

    Click "Start," type "C:\Program Files\Winamp\Plugins\ml\" in the search box at the bottom of the menu, then press "Enter."

  7. 7

    Right-click "ml_online.ini" and select "Properties."

  8. 8

    Click the check box beside "Read-only" and then click "OK."

  9. 9

    Click "Start," type "Winamp" in the search box at the bottom of the menu, then press "Enter."

  10. 10

    Select "Pandora" under the "Online Services" section in the "Media Library" tab to use Pandora within Winamp.

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