I'm a 30 year old college student and video gamer. I have a very unique way of crafting my stations on Pandora.
I have noticed that when you give a track a thumbs up, Pandora will play that track more often. If you have enough thumbs up music on a station, then that station becomes a mix tape of your favorite music.
But, I like Pandora is also a music exploration service. I want Pandora to deliver music that is outside my "music bubble."
To reconcile these differences, I have split my stations into three different types:
1) Stations that begin with an exclamation point !, such as my !Hits station, function as mixtapes. They have a large number of thumbs up tracks, but few song seeds.
2) Stations with a unique name, such as Ambitrip Chilltempo, have a huge number of music seeds, but few thumbs up tracks. They deliver a wide range of music loosely based on a certain sound.
3) Stations named after a song or artist is still in the process of being crafted.