Pandora has released a major update for its iOS application this weekend, bringing it to version 3.2. The new app includes a refreshed UI, and several other welcomed ehancements.

Among the new features is a modification to the app’s architecture, which, Pandora claims, greatly reduces the amount of battery life it uses. Keep reading for the full change log…

New features in Pandora 3.2 include:

  • Visual refresh and design enhancements
  • Full lyrics for the songs we play
  • Artist biographies
  • Detailed track features from the Music Genome Project
  • Song history: rate, bookmark, or buy previously played tracks
  • Explicit lyrics controls
  • Start a new station directly from the Now Playing screen
  • Simplified sign-in and registration screens
  • Reduced battery usage

The update really makes for a more cohesive user experience. I like the new look, which follows the recent Instagram-esque design trend, and new features like Artist Biographies and Song History are a nice touch.

I haven’t been using version 3.2 long enough to notice any kind of significant impact on the battery life of my iPhone 4S, but even the slightest improvement would be helpful at this point.

The app, as always, is free, and can be found in the App Store. And then of course, Pandora is still offering its ad-free $3.99-per-month Pandora One service.

So, what do you think of the new Pandora?

[The Verge]

  • The UI is very nice now in my opinion.

  • Just found the first defect, the cancel option acts as the “tired of this song” option I can’t cancel out of the pop up option menu at the bottom

    • J

      Im guessing you have Pandora Downloader installed

      • adam lompis

        I do! Do I have to reinstall? Or are they working on a fix sir!

  • is Pandora Downloader still compatible?

    • J

      The option to “save song” is gone from the popup menu, but the no commercials and limitless skips still seem to be working

      • save song is minor for me… i rarely download songs. but the skip limit and ad deletion was what i was worried about

      • J

        Ok good news! Pandora downloader is fully compatible but there is one caveat…Like another user commented, the cancel button acts as the ‘im tired of this song’ button, its because all the popup menu buttons have been shifted down one spot…so to save a song just hit ‘start new station’

      • Joe Clarke

        I don’t think so…

      • I can confirm this to work. Thanks for the tip!

      • Moe

        U know what u r right the start new station options saves the song thanks

    • Da_Pope9

      -nope

    • Moe

      Yes just it’s a bit different

  • The previous version of pandora works fine if it ain’t broke don’t fix it so tired of continous updates it’s a real pain in the arse!

    • would you like some cheese with that whine? the last update was in March, before that updates came once a month. active development of an app is a good thing, quit complaining.

      • You took time to complain about me complaining ? I was actually making a statement but you actually sound like the whiner

  • i don’t know how i feel about this. its an improvement for sure

  • Has anyone been able to get the app to rotate? I cannot and it sucks in my car dock.

  • Moe

    I think the new update is not that great and the cancel button start a new one

  • christina

    Why are my songs rotating through by themselves, I can’t get it to stop so I can’t even listen to music and I tried uninstalling it and reinstalling and that’s not even working. ….help what do I do