Pandora has announced the release of a beta version of a new interface for their mobile app on iOS and Android devices. The interface is called Station Personalization and according to Pandora, it is designed to “provide effortless music discovery and listening” for their 75 million listeners. According to Pandora, the interface focuses on three areas – new transition and animations, improved personalization and station details, and improvements to the “thumbs” system.
Google Glass owners now have access to Pandora Internet Radio via their wearable device. Users get access to their existing stations or they can create a new station using voice commands. However, several other controls still require the use of the touchpad, including play/pause controls, favoriting tracks and dismissing tracks.
For the month of June, the top smartphone manufacturers in the United States did not see much of a change in United States market share. Apple and Samsung, the two leaders, are the only of the top five manufacturers to see growth. LG, Motorola, and HTC all saw very small changes that went south; however, none of the declines were more than -0.6%. Also, those three companies combined have yet to near Samsung’s 28.6% market share in the United States. On the overall software front, Android still leads iOS by an amount nearing 10%.
Hit the break for details on what mobile applications have the most reach.
Video killed the radio star, and YouTube killed the video star. (Wait, you guys don’t still watch MTV, do you?)
All of us have watched a music video on YouTube before. Some of us even use YouTube as our primary music service. It’s free, after all, and has pretty much every song you’d ever want to hear.
If you frequently listen to Pandora on your Android smartphone and also happen to own a Pebble smartwatch, you’re in luck. Pebble has made a new app for their smartwatch available that pairs with Pandora to enhance your listening experience. Unfortunately, you can’t listen to music through the smartwatch by itself, but the companion app will allow you to change stations, play, pause, and skip songs, and thumbs up or thumbs down whatever you’re listening to. Definitely handy to have to keep you from having to take your phone out of your pocket whenever you want to skip a song.
The app is available to download now, and you can grab it from the Pebble’s settings page.
Any Pebble users planning on testing this app out?
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.
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.
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.
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.