Pandora’s iOS revamp launches with Thumb History, new mini player and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2015

The iPhone edition of Pandora Radio, a music streaming service with more than 75 million listeners each month, has just received a visual makeover. The company previewed it almost two months ago, though the iPad edition hasn’t been refreshed today.

Version 5.7 of Pandora Radio sports a cleaned-up appearance with fancy new transitions and animations. In addition to the facelift, the iPhone app also includes enhanced station personalization capabilities, improved artist discovery, greater use of thumbing and much more. Read More


Pandora previews UI redesign with emphasis on thumbing, new Station Personalization and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2014

Pandora, the popular U.S. based music streaming and automated music recommendation service, on Tuesday showed off an upcoming iPhone app update sporting a revamped interface with new Station Personalization features, greater focus on thumbing and more.

Though still a few weeks away, developers were kind enough to share a few screenshots showing the streamlined interface featuring a thumbs-up icon on the Now Playing screen for rating songs, personalized genre and artist suggestions at the top of your list of stations and more. Read More


Pandora, Spotify beating Apple’s Beats handsomely on App Store

By Jake Smith on Oct 29, 2014

Pandora and Spotify rank as the number one and number two music streaming apps in terms of downloads, analytics firm AppAnnie reports – no big surprise. However, where things become interesting is that Apple’s Beats Music, which the company purchased for $3 billion in May, is placed ninth, below iHeartRadio, SoundCloud and Apple’s GarageBand. Read More


OneThumb: a universal thumbs up/down tweak for Spotify, Pandora and iTunes Radio

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 11, 2014

OneThumb is a unique new jailbreak tweak that works with Spotify, Pandora, and iTunes Radio. It allows you to use a universal Activator gesture to input thumbs up or thumbs down ratings across all eligible apps.

Instead of having different manners and methods for curating radio stations, OneThumb brings it all under one umbrella. We’ve tested it out, and we can vouch that the tweak works exactly as it is described. Take a look at our video inside for all of the details. Read More


Pandora alarm clock now available on iPad, launches Pebble app for iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2014

You’ve been able to wake up to your favorite Pandora station since last December, assuming you’re enjoying the popular Internet radio service on your iPhone. On Monday, Pandora has finally rolled out the useful alarm clock feature to the iPad.

It’s pretty straightforward and works a lot like the alarm clock feature in the iPhone edition: you just pick your favorite song or station to play as your alarm, knowing you’ll be woken up to your favorite music.

And should you decide you could use a few extra minutes of sleep instead of waking up early to eat breakfast, you can do so by adjusting your snooze time… Read More


Pandora upping monthly ‘One’ fee, dropping annual subscriptions

By Cody Lee on Mar 20, 2014

Pandora announced this week that it is going to making some significant changes to its Pandora One subscription service over the next couple of months. Most notably, it’s going to be raising the monthly subscription cost and eliminating the annual option.

Citing rising licensing costs, Pandora says that it’s raising its ‘One’ fee from $3.99 per month to $4.99 per month, and taking away the discounted annual plan altogether. The company says that royalty rates it pays to artists have increased 53% since it began… Read More


iTunes Radio now the third most popular streaming music service in US

By Cody Lee on Mar 12, 2014

A new report from Edison Research says that iTunes Radio has become the third most popular streaming music service in the US. The marketing research firm says that Apple’s Radio service, which is less than 6 months old, just surpassed Spotify to take the #3 spot.

According to the data iTunes Radio now sits behind Pandora, who has 31% of the US streaming music market, and iHeartRadio, which has 9%. Then it comes in at 8%, Spotify at 6% and both Google Play All Access and Rhapsody come in at 3% and 2% respectively… Read More


Apple’s new CarPlay feature will not support Pandora at launch

By Cody Lee on Mar 4, 2014

When Apple officially announced CarPlay, its highly anticipated vehicle integration project, yesterday, it noted the feature would support third-party music apps. The list it provided, however, was rather short including just iTunes Radio, Beats, Spotify, Stitcher Radio and iHeartRadio.

So what about all of the others? It’s not looking good. Pandora confirmed with MacRumors last night that CarPlay will not include integration with its popular streaming music service, at least at launch. Despite this, the company says that Apple “continues to be a valued partner.” Read More


Pandora app updated with Sleep Timer for iPad, push notifications and more

By Cody Lee on Feb 13, 2014

Pandora Radio users will be happy to hear that the streaming music service has just posted an update for its iOS client, bringing the app to version 5.2. The update brings about several enhancements, including two new features for the iPhone and iPad.

On the iPad front, Pandora has made its Sleep Timer feature universal. So tablet users can now fall asleep to their favorite tunes without worrying about all-night data usage. And for all devices, it has added new a personalized push notification feature… Read More


Pandora adding personalized station recommendations to its mobile apps

By Cody Lee on Jan 16, 2014

With competition from services like Spotify and Apple’s iTunes Radio increasing, and the Beats Music launch on the horizon, Pandora announced this week that it’s rolling out a new feature to its mobile apps to help you discover music.

That feature is called ‘Personalized Station Recommendations,’ and it provides listeners with up to 6 suggested artist stations to listen to at a time. These suggestions are based on your listening habits and like/dislike thumb interactions… Read More


‘RadiSpot’ brings “Open in Spotify” support to Pandora

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 24, 2013

Pandora is great, but there are times when you don’t feel like being told what to listen to, and you know exactly what you want to hear. For times like these, Spotify is best suited for your needs. The point is, both apps have strong points—Pandora is best for music discovery, while Spotify is best for playing exactly what you want to hear.

Wouldn’t it be great if these two apps could join forces and take on the evilness that is silence? Indeed! That’s what Hashbang productions had in mind when it created this new tweak. Have a look inside to see how RadiSpot works. Read More


Pandora says listening has increased 9% since iTunes Radio debut

By Cody Lee on Nov 5, 2013

Since Apple launched iTunes Radio back in September, industry watchers have kept a close eye on competing streaming music services. After all, the Cupertino company has the resources and user base to put a huge dent in the business.

But apparently the opposite has happened for Pandora. The company’s CFO Michael Herring spoke yesterday at a Morgan Stanley conference in San Francisco, and he says listening has increased 9% since iTunes Radio made its debut…

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Pandora: we do streaming radio better than anyone – including Apple

By Ed Sutherland on Oct 17, 2013

When iTunes Radio was only a rumor, the idea of Apple offering streaming music was instantly dubbed a Pandora-killer. Now that iTunes Radio has launched alongside iOS 7 last month, Pandora’s finance chief is speaking out, saying their service outperforms even a giant-killer, no matter how fat the bank account.

In an interview, Pandora CFO Mike Herring describes Apple’s service as a “credible” threat, but the Internet radio startup continues to feel it still is “better than anybody else”Read More


The iTunes Radio effect: Pandora will no longer cap free mobile listening

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 22, 2013

Pandora’s 40-hour limit on mobile listening went into effect in February, quickly becoming the most hated “feature” of the otherwise stellar streaming music service. The firm argued it felt compelled to introduce the capping due to rising royalty costs, even if the 40-hour limit affected only four percent of its avid listeners. Backflipping now, Pandora said Thursday it will be removing the 40-hour free listening on mobile devices real soon.

The good news conveniently coincides with Apple’s impending launch of its ad-free iTunes Radio, a streaming music service set to arrive next month as part of the iOS 7 release… Read More


iTunes Radio, right on cue as streaming dollars replace download dollars

By Ed Sutherland on Jul 19, 2013

You don’t get anywhere in consumer tech by being tone-deaf to trends. Apple’s decision to get into digital music downloads just as sales of CDs slowed is just an example. Now comes evidence the iTunes Music Store owner is on the leading edge of the latest trend to hit: streaming replacing music downloads.

Apple’s upcoming ad-supported iTunes Radio will appear as the number of digital songs sold have been slowing for some time while the number of tunes being streamed across the Internet is skyrocketing lately. Through the first half of 2013, 682 million digital songs were sold, a 2.3 percent drop from the 698 million in 2012.

By comparison, the number of songs streamed has risen 24 percent, according to industry watchers… Read More


Pandora app updated with new auto-pause feature and more

By Cody Lee on Jul 8, 2013

The competition is really heating up in the streaming music space these days. What with players like Apple and Twitter setting their sights on the lucrative business, it seems like every streaming service in the industry is trying to step up their game.

And in recent months, the focus of these services has turned to their mobile apps. Hot on the heels of Apple releasing a beta version of its new iTunes Radio app, Rdio added some big new features to its iOS client. And today, Pandora followed suit… Read More


Pandora updated with new Facebook sharing options, improved music details and more

By Cody Lee on May 22, 2013

Good news Pandora users, an update for the popular iOS client landed in the App Store this morning, bringing it to version 4.3. The update includes a handful of new features, as well as the usual bug fixes and improvements.

As far as new features go, the highlight of today’s release is the improved Facebook integration. Users now have the ability to publish their favorite tracks and stations to the social network, helping others discover new music… Read More


‘ThumbsUp’ adds Lock screen controls and Activator support to Pandora

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 18, 2013

ThumbsUp is a brand new jailbreak tweak for Pandora, which places Pandora’s trademarked thumbs up and thumbs down buttons on the iPhone’s Lock screen for easy access. The tweak also adds the ability to assign an Activator gesture to both the thumbs up and down actions as well.

Check inside for more screenshots, which showcase this handy tweak for heavy users of Pandora. Read More


Pandora introduces 40-hour monthly limit on mobile listening due to rising royalty costs

By Cody Lee on Feb 27, 2013

Popular internet radio service Pandora announced today that it is implementing a new 40-hour-per-month limit on mobile listening. The announcement was made this afternoon via the company’s blog, by founder Tim Westergren.

For most folks, this won’t mean anything. Westergren says that Pandora’s average users spend approximately 20 hours per month listening to Pandora across all devices. But for the 4% or so that go over, you’ll have to start paying up… Read More


Slacker iPhone app gets major makeover in brand relaunch

By Cody Lee on Feb 14, 2013

If someone asks you what a good streaming music service is, who do you recommend? Pandora? Rdio? Spotify? What about Slacker Radio? Yeah, despite the fact that the company has been around for 6 years, Slacker rarely gets mentioned in the same breath as the others.

But it’s looking to change that. Yesterday, Slacker Radio essentially relaunched itself as a brand—touting complete redesigns of its web and mobile clients. The new iPhone app looks particularly sharp, with a revamped visual interface and new Slacker “Music Guide” feature… Read More

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