Is there a place for Pandora in a post-Spotify world? Apparently so, because 76.2 million people last month listed to 1.58 billion hours of music on the service. Still, Pandora isn’t resting on its laurels: the company announced that it’s launching personalized station recommendations on both Android and iOS.
The recommendations – up to 6 artist stations to add or listen to at a time– are determined based on current listening preference, song likes and dislikes, and your station list. As has always been the case with Pandora, the more you engage with the product, the more it will learn your musical preferences and be able to further optimize the station recommendations. They can be found both at the “create a station” screen and at the bottom of your station list. Also, your station recommendation list is refreshed when a new station is created or deleted. (more…)
Pandora listeners can go grab the latest update for the popular music streaming app, which features the highly-requested Alarm Clock feature. In addition to a full working alarm clock, Pandora has threw in a few bug fixes and other small improvements for the app. (more…)
Thanks to screenshots uploaded to the Play store for the new Pandora 5.0 that was released yesterday, we sort of knew that the streaming service would soon receive Chromecast support. This morning, Google and Pandora made it all official. So yes, Pandora can now connect and stream through any HD TV as long as it has a Chromecast dongle attached to it. (more…)
Pandora users – if you still exist – your tablet experience on Android has finally arrived. After a revamped tablet UI surfaced for the iPad back in September as iTunes Radio was launching, we once again wondered when the streaming music service would stop ignoring the most popular mobile OS on the planet and show us some love. Thankfully, we have to worry no longer. The new Pandora 5.0 should work with “hundreds” of different big-screened Android devices. (more…)
Pandora issued an update on Android this afternoon that introduced a new Sleep Timer feature. Located in the options drawer at the top right, users can select from 15, 30, or 60 minute timers that will shut the service down, so that you can go to sleep and not wake up with Pandora having been playing for 8 hours. (more…)
One of the biggest announcements to come out of Google I/O last week was Google’s new streaming music service called Google Play Music All Access. It’s like Spotify meets Pandora, in that you can check out any album at any time, play them as many times as you’d like, or use them to create special radio stations. It works on both mobile and desktop and is currently available as a free trial, but will jump up to a monthly subscription service once the trial ends. You can sign-up before the end of June and lock in for $7.99 per month, however, the price will go up to $9.99 on July 1. It’s pretty awesome, though, that’s for sure.
But for many of you who are considering a move to All Access from something like Spotify, there is something you should consider should you have had the unfortunate pleasure of moving to a tiered data plan with your wireless carrier (shared data plans included). All Access lacks any sort of control over the quality of the music that is streaming through your device, meaning it can eat up data in minutes. (more…)
Yesterday, the official Pandora for Android application received an update. Inside you will find a few improvements as well as a new feature, lockscreen controls for Ice Cream Sandwich devices and up. To be clear, it is not a lockscreen widget, but just controls for when music is currently streaming. On top of that, there is a reduced startup time for the app and some bug fixes.
- Lock screen controls for devices running Ice Cream Sandwich and later
- Added elapsed and remaining timestamps to the track progress indicator
- Reduced startup time
- Bug fixes and enhancements
This morning, three very popular Android applications received updates that are completely noteworthy. For the music lovers in the crowd, Pandora got a major bump to version 4.0. Included in this version are a ton of new features like viewing station details, ability to edit your shuffle from the device, and integration with other social network sites.
For all you tweeters, both Hootsuite and the official Twitter application were updated as well. For Hootsuite, there is now an added Action Bar and drawer navigation, as well as the ability to AutoSchedule posts. As for the official Twitter application, tweets that are rich with content (pictures, videos, article previews) now appear right in the stream, photo streams through search, and a whole lot more.
Go grab them all if you haven’t already.
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Cheers K and Dylan!