Pandora, the popular music streaming service, has announced some changes to their pricing for Pandora One subscription plans. In a nice nod to their existing customer base, they indicate that active monthly subscribers will not see a price increase, keeping their monthly fee at only $3.99 per month. Users that have an annual subscription for $36 per year will see their costs go up a bit as they will be transitioned to a discounted $3.99 per month plan when their renewal period rolls around. Pandora indicates they will no longer offer annual subscription plans. The monthly cost for new subscribers will increase to $4.99 per month starting in May. » Read the rest
A couple years ago leaders in technology, including the late Steve Jobs, thought that music streaming would never really take off. Despite that, streaming is now many people’s preferred method of listening to music. Much of this is because of the improvement in mobile data speeds, making music streaming much more possible than it was before.
New statistics only recently released show that Pandora is still at the forefront of music streaming, which really isn’t surprising considering they are one of the oldest and most well known services still available. One surprise in the statistics show that iTunes Radio has taken third place, ahead of Spotify.
Pandora remains the favorite internet radio choice for many, and personalized station recommendations could make it even more popular. Pandora announced today that up to 6 personalized artist stations will be able to be added or listened to at a time, which are determined based on current listening preference, song likes and dislikes, and your station list.
The new feature can be found in your Android app both at the “create a station” screen and at the bottom of your station list. The feature has already begun its roll out, so if you don’t have it already, you should soon. Click past the break for a download link. » Read the rest
To ring in the New Year, Pandora has received an update that brings a long-awaited feature for many users. The Alarm Clock feature does exactly what the name suggests. It starts to play music from Pandora with a station preset by the user. And it does it all right from the lockscreen. So if you need to get some more sleep, there is no digging through to hit the snooze button. Beyond that core feature, you can select what days the feature is activated for and set a sleep timer.
Hit the break for the changelog, screenshots of the changes, and download links. » Read the rest
Yesterday, Pandora updated their Android app bringing tablet support, but one thing Jeff Causey mentioned in his post was that the Chromecast button was present, but it didn’t work. Sometime between yesterday and today, the button became functional.
You don’t need to update the app again, but you might need to force close it to get the functionality working. If you never tried Pandora, you might want to give it a shot if you own a Chromecast, since it’s the only other option, other than Play Music, for your listening pleasure. Hit the break for download links.
Pandora, the popular music streaming service, is rolling out an update to its app and is finally providing optimizations for tablet devices. When held in landscape mode, the app on a tablet device roughly divides the screen into three sections. The center section is the primary focus providing album art and quick links to your play history along with contextual information about tracks. The right hand portion of the screen is devoted to your list of stations, including options to share them or create new one or add some variety. Pandora also includes an option to sort the stations alphabetically or by date created or added. The left hand side of the screen is used for settings, via the action or its own icon on tablet devices. » Read the rest
It wasn’t long ago that Google rolled out a version of the Play Music app which allowed genre-based radio on our Android devices and now they’ve just kicked off another phase of the application offering an “I’m feeling lucky radio” feature. The apk, version 5.3.1233L, will slowly be rolling out to all devices (if not already) and will allow one to have the app suggest and play music based on your previous selections. The auto generated radio station will be a welcomed addition as many who aren’t sure what they’re in the mood for can allow the app to choose for them based on what they like most. As of now, it’s being reported that a “mix of everything” functionality is kind of missing and it tends to only play mostly from the genre you play most but we have high hopes for the app and that the functionality will be quickly integrated. Do you think the app has what it takes to be a Slacker and Pandora killer? With the All Access feature and now the I’m Feeling Lucky Radio functionality, we think it certainly has the potential to claim a stake in the market. Feel feel to drop your opinion in the comments below.
Update: The apk should be available for updating via the Play Store now if you haven’t received it already.
As new devices continue to come out, chances are you will find one that really catches your eye. Of course that means you’re stuck with the old device unless you sell it on Swappa or trade it in. However, it seems used smartphones are depreciating a lot quicker since newer phones are hitting the market just as fast. If you can’t sell your old device or you don’t want to, then do the next best thing. Take that old phone and turn it into a portable media player. Not sure about how to go about doing that? Well you’re in the right place. Hit the break to get started.
There’s no question that Pandora radio once went relatively unrivaled in the music streaming industry, but now with new and improved rivals such as Spotify, Google Play Music All Access, Slacker Radio, etc., Pandora certainly has some catching up to do.
It looks like they’re doing just that in an update this week which will introduce a few new features.
One of the new additions is a sleep timer, which users can use to automatically shut off the music in a duration of time— however, the app will only let you set the sleep timer for 15, 30, or 60 minutes. No feature to set your own duration is included in the app.
The next feature is NissanConnect integration, which lets users integrate Pandora with their Nissan car’s steering wheel. Drivers will be able to play/pause/stop/skip songs without ever having to touch their phone.
The update is live now, so head to the Play Store link after the break to grab the new and improved Pandora.
Pandora listeners are getting a nice surprise. During yesterday’s earnings call, executives announced that they would be lifting the 40-hour monthly mobile listening cap they put in place in February. CEO Mike Herring says it is for two reasons – one being that the cap was used as a “blunt tool” to limit usage and cost, but the company has since developed more “surgical techniques.” The second reason is that since the mobile cap was put in place, usage dropped 10 percent.
If you remember, this is the second time they have put in place, and then lifted a cap. The last time was in September 2011.