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MacRumors
Jan 7, 2009, 02:50 PM
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Pandora (http://www.pandora.com) has released Pandora Radio 2.0 [App Store (http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=284035177&mt=8)] for iPhone and iPod touch, bringing a number of new features to the free personalized Internet radio service. Pandora's music service automatically generates playlists based on a user's stated artist, song, or composer preferences, and user feedback on Pandora's selections continuously refines its future recommendations. New features include:

- Cover Flow-like browsing of song histories
- Song progress bar
- Ability to share a user's personalized radio stations with friends via e-mail
- Artist biographies
- 30-second previews of bookmarked songs
- Ability to create new stations directly from songs and artists appearing in an existing station

Pandora has been a fixture on the App Store since it launched (http://www.macrumors.com/2008/07/10/app-store-launch-500-apps-25-free/) in July 2008, and saw considerable early success (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2008/07/16/pandora-internet-radio-an-iphone-success/). Despite some uncertainty (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2008/08/17/pandora-may-shut-down-due-to-rising-royalty-fees/) due to potential increases in royalty fees paid by Internet radio broadcasters to record companies, Pandora Radio has remained among the most popular free App Store applications.

Article Link: Pandora 2.0 for iPhone Released (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2009/01/07/pandora-2-0-for-iphone-released/)



mattfr
Jan 7, 2009, 02:55 PM
Thanks for the news...

... but that app's still unavailable in France App Store! (is it a US-Only App?)

Oskee2001
Jan 7, 2009, 03:07 PM
The really cool thing would be if they included a built-in browser! sometimes when i'm commuting i'd like to be able to check email and the papers.

JW008
Jan 7, 2009, 03:08 PM
Upgraded this morning, so I had it on the drive to work! It's a big step up--it's the only app I downloaded on Day 1 and still use to this day!

alexbates
Jan 7, 2009, 04:12 PM
It sounds like it has a lot better features and has a similar UI of the iPod part of the iPhone and iPod Touch. This is something I will be getting! I bet it will bump back up to the #1 spot in the App Store's "top free" section.

lazyrighteye
Jan 7, 2009, 04:27 PM
A very nice upgrade of an app I use daily.
I've really enjoyed discovering new-to-me music... on the go.

A feature I'd really like to see Pandora devs add to this app is the ability for it to run in the 'background,' or whilst I'm using other apps (much like the built-in iPod). Currently, if I want to check Mail or Safari or Calendar, I have to quit out of Pandora first. Not a deal breaker, but would be nice to have this fixed/added.

rickdollar
Jan 7, 2009, 04:28 PM
Now, if it would just give us a link to the iTunes store for the previous or current song playing since it's okay to buy from iTunes now. Well, 80% of it anyway.:)

riversky
Jan 7, 2009, 04:30 PM
A very nice upgrade of an app I use daily.
I've really enjoyed discovering new-to-me music... on the go.

A feature I'd really like to see Pandora devs add to this app is the ability for it to run in the 'background,' or whilst I'm using other apps (much like the built-in iPod). Currently, if I want to check Mail or Safari or Calendar, I have to quit out of Pandora first. Not a deal breaker, but would be nice to have this fixed/added.

I might be wrong but I believe running an app in the "background" is prohibited by Apple in the developers agreement and technically. This has something to do with the battery life issues and API conflicts.

bmms8
Jan 7, 2009, 04:37 PM
even if you were able to run it in the background, i dont think you would be able to use safari at the same time. i use backgrounder since i have a JB phone. once i open up safari and browse, pandora will stop playing since its streaming i assume. ipod app on the other hand is playing from memory.

diamond3
Jan 7, 2009, 04:45 PM
No, but a program like sportacular lets you go to the news, click on a feed, and then it opens up the web page inside the app. It doesn't allow back or forward buttons, but you can still browse the internet. I would think this feature wouldn't be hard to implement in pandora.

lazyrighteye
Jan 7, 2009, 06:01 PM
I might be wrong but I believe running an app in the "background" is prohibited by Apple in the developers agreement and technically. This has something to do with the battery life issues and API conflicts.

Ahh, could be - not read that agreement.
And I might have been thinking about how the iPod can play in the background of other apps (Touchgrind comes to mind) and not the other way around.
Regardless, thanks.

Habakuk
Jan 7, 2009, 07:01 PM
... but that app's still unavailable in France App Store! (is it a US-Only App?)

In German-language stores it's not available too. I do not really understand what it does without being able to use it but I guess it affects just mainstream "popular" music and nothing special... Or am I wrong?

nagromme
Jan 7, 2009, 08:08 PM
Great app. And don't forget:

* Buy music (on Amazon or iTunes) via Pandora if you can--the commission pays their bills

* Pandora.com has a nice interface for managing the same bookmarks and channels as your iPhone

ChrisN
Jan 7, 2009, 08:41 PM
Looks great, but iTunes never shows this as an update...

ChrisN

Darkroom
Jan 8, 2009, 01:54 AM
not available in Canada... music industry is such trash...

natebookpro
Jan 8, 2009, 03:48 AM
Now, if it would just give us a link to the iTunes store for the previous or current song playing since it's okay to buy from iTunes now. Well, 80% of it anyway.:)

Click the up arrow between the thumbs up and thumbs down then click buy from iTunes.

Stig McNasty
Jan 8, 2009, 07:11 AM
UK iTunes store is a no-no for Pandora too. Gosh darnnit!

ltcol266845
Jan 8, 2009, 08:29 AM
Is it just me or does this new version crash a ton? I've been listening at work for maybe an hour tops and it has crashed 4 or 5 times. Lame.

Love the new Genres though! Listening to the Contemporary Folk station, though ironically aside from Jack Johnson, all the rest of the music is from about 40 years ago. Go figure!

EDIT:: Crashed two more times since posting... this is pretty bad. Same story over WiFi and 3G...

Tones2
Jan 8, 2009, 09:22 AM
It sounds to me like the new version 2.0 is now transmitting in STEREO over 3G - the previous version did NOT transmit stereo over 3G, just over WIFI. For some reason, this is not listed as a new feature in 2.0, however. Can anyone confirm that Pandora is now transmitting in stereo over 3G?

Tony

rickdollar
Jan 8, 2009, 01:00 PM
Click the up arrow between the thumbs up and thumbs down then click buy from iTunes.

That's great. Thank you.

chatster18
Jan 11, 2009, 02:05 PM
In German-language stores it's not available too. I do not really understand what it does without being able to use it but I guess it affects just mainstream "popular" music and nothing special... Or am I wrong?

not available in Canada... music industry is such trash...

UK iTunes store is a no-no for Pandora too. Gosh darnnit!

Thanks for the news...

... but that app's still unavailable in France App Store! (is it a US-Only App?)

This is from Pandora's FAQ section:



Q: Why do you require a United States Zip Code when registering?

Our music licenses require our listeners to be United States residents, which is why we require your US zip code during registration.

We fervently hope one day we can legally make Pandora available internationally. For more information about international licensing issues, please see:
http://blog.pandora.com/faq/#79

robdam1001
Jan 11, 2009, 07:22 PM
I'm having issues with 2.0 as well; there is ~ a 30- 60 second gap between EVERY song now. The older version, (1.0?), had no noticeable gap.

Ruckus12
Jan 11, 2009, 08:53 PM
Pandora has not been what it used to be for me, when it FIRST came out the quality was GREAT, now when i play music from pandora in my car it sounds like the quality is LOWer than when it first came out, even with the high quality music option ON...

don't know if it's just me though.. since i dont see anyone else complaining about it

WPeterson
Jan 12, 2009, 03:06 AM
http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/i/bto/20090106/Pandora_iPhone_20_Shot_3_270x179.PNG

cover-flow is super cool! i love that mac style updates.

as the best-ever free music channel for ourselves, pandora deserves those awards from the media. :cool:

happydude
Jan 12, 2009, 07:28 PM
one of the best apps out there and def one of my most used!

wonderbread57
Jan 19, 2009, 10:26 PM
One of my beefs with Pandora is that after listening to your station for 3-4 songs, it switches to older and older songs. New songs are probably more expensive to play so it grabs your interest with those but then goes in to maximize-profits-mode and plays old crap that gets boring.

itunes needs to release an unlimited music plan for $19/month or something similar.

kdarling
Jan 20, 2009, 07:27 AM
I might be wrong but I believe running an app in the "background" is prohibited by Apple in the developers agreement and technically. This has something to do with the battery life issues and API conflicts.

Remember the presentation where Jobs made fun of WM's task manager?

Apple's still trying to protect users... while making less work for themselves. They won't get many complaints about slowdowns if they don't allow runnng background apps.

OTOH, Pandora on Windows Mobile keeps playing in the background, while I surf the web over a 3G network connection. I can go back to its window whenever I want. It's fantastic. Background apps can be darn useful.

payup
Jan 21, 2009, 08:42 AM
Now, are they ever gonna fix the crappy quality???
Ever since 1.2 update I believe, stream quality sucks if you're playing it through decent headphones or speakers. There's that hissing noise whenever there's any bass to the song. :mad:

scorpiusdeus
Jan 21, 2009, 02:14 PM
How does this app work anyway. It sounds interesting, but I'm not sure I understand how it works.

SummerBoy
Jan 21, 2009, 02:32 PM
How does this app work anyway. It sounds interesting, but I'm not sure I understand how it works.

Search for yourself. It's really famous app. Easiest way is to go to pandora's website and give it a try.

As for the update, like many other apps, pandora started out great, now it's just a same old crap that gnerates money. I want pure Internet radiowithout app these fancy features but variety of selection and high quality.
We will see.

jbode
Jan 26, 2009, 06:41 PM
Yes, we all want quality radio music for our iPhone, but Pandora is one of the best, if you don't like it use your own music, give credit to them providing this service.

bmms8
Jan 27, 2009, 04:54 PM
i am not to sure if pandora expanded their song selection but after using slacker for about a week, i am back to pandora because it doesnt seem like it plays the same songs over and over.

djrobsd
Jan 28, 2009, 11:44 AM
Pandora has not been what it used to be for me, when it FIRST came out the quality was GREAT, now when i play music from pandora in my car it sounds like the quality is LOWer than when it first came out, even with the high quality music option ON...

don't know if it's just me though.. since i dont see anyone else complaining about it

Nope, it's not you, it's me too. I was an early adopter of Pandora on the iphone and it used to be 128kbps+ CD quality, and now it feels more like 64kbps.

KillerSmo
Jan 30, 2009, 02:55 PM
I totally agree. The quality has gone way down!

Thirddesign
Feb 6, 2009, 12:48 AM
I've heard that the iPhone will allow some apps to run in the background.. Will this be one?

wonderbread57
Feb 6, 2009, 07:57 AM
I've heard that the iPhone will allow some apps to run in the background.. Will this be one?

Don't bet on it. Panora would probably not be very interested in that either since they make their money from you looking at and interacting with their player.

spinko
Feb 9, 2009, 01:50 PM
not available in Canada... music industry is such trash...

Sorry to tune in here but I just have to let it out:

This is yet another example of DISCRIMINATION and misunderstanding on the part of the music industry on how people actually buy music..

Some time back, when Pandora was available in Europe (that was before the music industry decided to cut it off here), I used it to discover new music and consequently actually went out to buy the artist's CD's... but now, after having waited patiently for months for Pandora to be freed from the greedy grips of the MI, music purchases in my household have almost stopped completely and thus it will remain until Pandora is back..