Pandora Stories April 8

Goodbye Google Play Music: 7 alternatives to YouTube Music you should probably try [Video]

With Google Play Music now double dead and even fully disabled on devices in favor of YouTube Music, if you’re simply not a fan of the replacement, you might be looking for some serious audio alternatives.

Pandora Stories July 2, 2020

Pandora for Android gains dark mode support in Android 10

While not really being available outside of North America, the popular music-streaming service Pandora is now adding a dark mode that is fully supported by Android 10.

Pandora Stories January 15, 2019

Following the end of the “we added voice commands to it” convention last week, Pandora has today announced its own voice assistant, otherwise known as Pandora Voice Mode, for its Android and iOS applications. Rolling out soon to free and paid users, the new assistant will make it easy for users to control stations, perform common actions within the app, and more.

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Pandora Stories August 14, 2018

Pandora has been one of the longer-standing streaming options on Google Home, but it’s been limited to just automated radio stations until now. Google has today announced that Pandora Premium, the web radio company’s on-demand streaming service, is now available on Google Home devices. expand full story

Pandora Stories December 21, 2017

Pandora for Android TV gets a new UI, Google Assistant, and premium subscription support

Today’s the day of Android TV it seems. After Amazon revealed its Prime Video application for non-Shield Android TV devices, Pandora has updated its Android TV app with a new UI and an updated feature set.

Pandora Stories March 13, 2017

This week Pandora is launching its on-demand music service with features like what other subscription services including Google Play Music and Spotify offer. Before now Pandora has primarily served streaming radio stations based on artists and tracks. Pandora Premium opens the service’s catalog of music up to on-demand access for a monthly fee.

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Pandora Stories February 1, 2017

How to link your Netflix, Spotify, and Pandora accounts with Google Home

Entertainment plays a big role in what sets Google Home apart from its archenemy, the Amazon Echo. Where the Echo features stronger ties to the smart home, Google Home features the ability to connect with various streaming services, and even Google’s Chromecast ecosystem. However, you’ll need to set that up before using it. So here’s how to link your Spotify, Pandora, and Netflix accounts with Google Home.

Pandora Stories January 5, 2015

Google today announced Google Cast for audio, which the company says takes advantage of Chromecast tech to send audio to third-party hardware like speakers, A/V receivers, and sound bars. The feature will allow users to tap a “cast” button from within music and radio apps on Android, iOS and the web to stream audio to Google Cast enabled speakers. expand full story

Pandora Stories December 2, 2014

New Pandora Android app rolling out with emphasis on personalization

Pandora is rolling out an updated version of its Android smartphone app with a strong emphasis on personalization.

Personalized genre and artist suggestions will now appear at the top of your list of stations, and a new thumbs-up icon on the now-playing screen gives you fast access to song ratings – as well as acting as a visual reminder that you only get the most from the service if you get into the habit of rating songs.

There’s also a modest visual redesign. The update will roll out to phones in the coming weeks (it’s not yet available from Google play), with a tablet refresh to follow at a later date.

Pandora made it to Google Glass back in August, allowing voice control of stations and touchpad control of play/pause, favoriting and dismissing a track.

Pandora Stories August 27, 2014

Pandora Internet Radio Google Glass

Pandora Internet Radio is the latest service to bring its product over to the Google Glass world. The music streaming service’s Glassware app came out of their Hack-a-thon from earlier in the spring, Pandora says, and was good enough to share with Google and ship.

The Pandora Radio app for Google Glass gives users access to stations with the ability to control them with voice commands or the touchpad. Pandora says the voice commands allow you to select existing stations or even create new stations. Actions including music controls like play and pause require using the touchpad; favoriting and dismissing a track also requires using the touchpad for now.

Users can find the Pandora Internet Radio app on the Google’s Glassware section, and Pandora has more instructions below: expand full story

Pandora Stories July 24, 2014

Chromecast 1st birthday

Happy birthday, Chromecast! That’s what Google is saying today as it announced the HDMI media streaming stick has been used to cast content 400 million times in the 12 months since it launched. The Chromecast, of course, allows you to stream content from services like Netflix, Hulu, and Pandora to your HDTV from your Android or iOS as well as your computer via the Chrome browser.

We’ve added hundreds of your favorite apps, including WatchESPN, Pandora, Hulu Plus, HBO GO and PBS Kids; announced new features like mirroring your Android device to the TV and expanded to 30,000 stores across 20 countries.

That’s certainly a lot of casting from the $35 accessory, and Google is giving all Chromecast users 90 days of its Google Play Music All Access service for free to celebrate. The offer to redeem 3 months of free access to the $9.99/month music subscription service will run from today, July 24th, through September 30th, for all existing Chromecast customers not already subscribed to All Access. expand full story

Pandora Stories June 18, 2014

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T-Mobile has just announced at its “Uncarrier 5.0” event (which apparently double as the Uncarrier 6.0 event) that all streaming music services will now be free to stream on T-Mobile, including iTunes Radio, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Slacker Radio, and Spotify.

Any streaming you do will always be done over the company’s fastest available network, and won’t count towards your high-speed data limit.

Customers can visit T-Mobile’s website to request new services to be added to the “music freedom” selection. As streaming services gain votes, they will be added to the program.

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Pandora Stories February 9, 2014

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The Chromecast, Google’s streaming HDMI dongle came out last summer. It is compatible with any Android device running 2.3 or later, iOS devices with iOS 6 or 7, and any Mac or PC. Initially, users were able to stream Netflix or Youtube from an iOS device and Android device, Google Play on Android, or stream websites to a TV using the Chrome browser on a computer. The Chromecast works differently from Apple’s AirPlay system in that you can multitask and do other tasks on the device or you can let it go to sleep while streaming.

Very quickly after its release, Chromecast has received support for Hulu +, Pandora, and HBO GO. Last month a major update added ten new apps including Plex, Vevo, Songza, Red Bull TV, Post TV from the Washington Post, Viki, RealPlayer Cloud, Avia, Revision3 Internet Television, and BeyondPod. The most recent update the Chromecast received allowed users to stream Google Play movies and music directly from the Chrome browser on a computer.

In this How-to, we’ll discuss how to setup the Chromecast, use it with a Mac and Android device, and explore its gaming potentials.

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Pandora Stories January 3, 2014

Pandora updated with highly requested alarm clock capability, bug fixes

After being updated with a sleep timer a few months back, Pandora for Android was updated today with the highly sought after alarm clock capability. The feature works just like you would expect it to. To set up your alarm clock, simply choose a station and a time, and when that time rolls around, the selected station will begin to play immediately. You also have the ability to snooze the alarm directly from the lock screen.

In addition to the alarm clock feature, Pandora also included several bug fixes and improvements. You can download it now on the Play Store. The full change log is below:

  • By popular demand, our new alarm clock lets you start your day with Pandora on your Android smartphone
  • Pick one of your favorite stations to wake up to – if you like what you hear, you can keep the music playing
  • Set and forget – customize how often your alarm repeats throughout the week
  • Need a few extra minutes of shut eye? Hit snooze to catch more zzz’s
  • Use with the sleep timer to listen to music you love morning and night
  • Other small improvements and bug fixes

Pandora Stories October 23, 2013

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YouTube is planning to launch a subscription-based video-focused music streaming service, according to Billboard. Like many other streaming music services, YouTube’s program will have both free and paid accounts. Unlike other services, however, YouTube plans to integrate video into their platform by allowing users to stream music videos along with regular audio tracks.

Paid subscribers will reportedly an ad-free listening experience, on-demand access to any song or video in the service’s catalog, and unlimited streaming. Offline listening is also being considered, allowing subscribers to download songs to their mobile devices for playback even without an Internet connection.

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Pandora Stories September 10, 2013

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An update is rolling out to the Google Play Music app that bumps it to version 5.2.1204L. Notably, the update adds the ability to create new radio stations based on music genres. Previously, the radio functionality was only available for use by songs, artists, or your past listening history. It’s important to note, however, that an All Access subscription is required for unlimited radio use. Both iTunes Radio and Pandora have had the genre-based station feature for sometime now, so this is a much welcomed feature for Google Music.

Also new in the update is an improved download queue. Now, you have the ability to pause, resume, and cancel songs that are being downloaded at any given time.

  • All Access Genre Radio is here! Go to Radio or Explore, pick your favorite genre and enjoy unlimited radio based on the music you love.
  • New download queue that allows pausing, resuming and canceling

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Pandora Stories August 22, 2013

Pandora for Android updated with sleep timer and support for NissanConnect controls

Hot on the heels of an iOS update rolling out earlier today, Pandora for Android has just received an update with several new features. First off, the app now supports touch screen and steering controls in select Nissan vehicles that offer the NissanConnect app.

Also in this version is a new Sleep Timer feature. This allows you set a timer for either 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or 60 minutes and have Pandora shut off after that amount of time.

  • Fall asleep to the sounds of your favorite stations with our new Sleep Timer feature.
  • Find the Sleep Timer in your options drawer in the top right screen corner and select from 15, 30, or 60 minutes.
  • Drift off knowing we’ll play just the right amount of music for you.
  • Easily control your music using Nissan’s touch screen or steering wheel controls in select Nissan vehicles that now support Pandora through the NissanConnect App.
  • For more information please visit NissanUSA.com/connect.

The update is available now on the Play Store.

Pandora Stories August 23, 2012

Pandora for Android update brings new UI, song lyrics and exploration features

Pandora for Android just updated to version 1.7.

The latest version notably includes an all-new look with tweaks to navigation and design elements, while another improvement adds song history options for reviewing and bookmarking previously played tracks. Moreover, users can now access full song lyrics, artist biographies, similar music content, and Music Genome Project features. Oh, and the usual bug fixes are included.

Changelog:

  • All new look with improved navigation and design updates
  • Song history – review, rate, or bookmark previously played tracks
  • Explore the music you love with: full song lyrics, artist bios, similar artists and tracks, and track features from the Music Genome Project
  • Additional bug fixes and enhancements

Grab the new Pandora for Android at the Google Play Store.

Pandora Stories November 9, 2011

With the Kindle Fire set to start shipping next week, Amazon sent out a press release this morning confirming a ton of Amazon Appstore-optimized apps will be available at launch. While the Fire runs a scaled back version of Android, the app selection through Amazon’s app store will be far from the full-fledged Android Market. Here’s what you can expect on day-one.

Most of these are expected or were already mentioned during the launch event– Pandora, Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, The Weather Channel, Rhapsody, and Comics by comiXology. In addition, Amazon says there will be “several thousand more apps” and is already working with a ton of developers including all the usual suspects–Rovio (Angry Birds), EA, PopCap, Gameloft, and Zynga.

You’ll be able to grab the Kindle Fire for $199 just about everywhere starting November 15. The press release (below) also provides the following list of other apps already optimized for the 7-inch tab:

Allrecipes, Bloomberg, Cut the Rope, Doodle Fit, Doodle Jump, Fruit Ninja, Jenga, LinkedIn, Zillow, Airport Mania, Battleheart, Pulse, The Cat in the Hat, Quickoffice Pro, Jamie’s 20-Minute Meals, IMDb Movies & TV, and Monkey Preschool Lunchbox.

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