Pandora Launches New Desktop App for Mac

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Pandora today launched a new desktop app for Mac, aimed at all Pandora listeners across both its free and paid tiers. Similar to its mobile apps, Pandora for Mac allows for full access to Pandora without needing to open a web browser.


    New features in the app include keyboard controls for playing, pausing, replaying, skipping, shuffling, and liking/disliking songs. There is also an on-screen song notification system that displays the artist, album, and song title for the music currently playing.

    The app also has controls for Pandora Modes, letting users customize their music on Pandora's radio stations with certain "modes," like Crowd Faves, Deep Cuts, New Releases, and more.

    The Mac app requires macOS version 10.10 and can be downloaded right here. The company said that a version of the app will launch on Windows soon.

    Article Link: Pandora Launches New Desktop App for Mac
  2. martyjmclean macrumors 6502


    Jan 24, 2018
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    Well it’s nice to know iTunes is no longer the worst...
  3. Unity451 macrumors 6502


    Aug 29, 2011
    I love Apple music but really can't stand their Radio options. I wish they had more options to customize a radio station. Who actually has time to continually make and edit playlists?!

    Caveat: I wish Pandora had the music library of Apple or Spotify... *sigh*

    Oh that somebody would figure out this technology thing...
  4. rurza macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2011
    About year ago I've made native app. It's nice, works anywhere, looks great on retina display, has dark mode, etc. etc. Try it :)
    But it supports radio only, tough...

  5. coolfactor macrumors 601

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
  6. one more macrumors 6502a

    one more

    Aug 6, 2015
    This is one of the areas where Spotify outshines Apple Music. You can choose any song or artist and go straight to the radio based on your choice, with one click! Let’s hope that Apple tunes it up with the next iOS/macOS release. We should know in a few weeks...
  7. Princess Cake macrumors 6502

    Princess Cake

    Jan 15, 2010
    Cheboygan, MI
    Thats the ugliest-looking application I've ever seen.... is this really where we're going with design?
  8. turbineseaplane macrumors 601


    Mar 19, 2008
  9. BJMRamage macrumors 68020


    Oct 2, 2007
    I must totally suck at Music applications. I tend to open the app, hit PLAY and minimize to do my work.
    I used to listen to my iTunes, then switched to Spotify after loosing my songs on the new computer (did not transfer music), and now onto Pandora. I have a free account on teh AppleTV we use a lot to just listen to music while we work around the house.
  10. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    While I'm not necessarily disagreeing with you - who cares what an app for playing music looks like? Does anyone look at these apps for more than the 5-10 seconds it takes to get the music playing before minimizing it and launching something else?
  11. unfunfionn macrumors newbie


    Mar 12, 2015
    Berlin, Germany
    I really wish they’d done something with the Rdio IP they bought, but apparently they won’t. I still think the last version of Rdio was better than the current Spotify or Apple Music.
  12. samus22 macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2015
    It's based off of Electron which means it'll consume way more ram than it ever should. I'm forced to use enough of these apps already. Count me out.
  13. cuwickliffe macrumors member


    May 8, 2014
    A while ago, a small taskbar-living app called PandaBar was available that hooked onto your Pandora account. It was non-intrusive, intuitive, and definitely a violation of the TOS. I loved it. It still works today (on Mojave) so whatever mechanism it used must be something Pandora can't break without breaking Pandora.

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  14. MisterSavage macrumors 6502a


    Nov 10, 2018
    Wow, that is so ugly.

    I've found some artists I like and had never heard of with that feature. It's great.
  15. fairuz macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2017
    Silicon Valley
    I agree. Ugly is better than the iPhone music app where they've hidden essential stuff like *shuffling and repeat* behind a fancy, laggily-animated popup screen with a difficult gesture. My dad had his songs on "repeat 1" for months and couldn't figure out how to turn it off, and I accidentally open the control center half the time.
  16. Beyo macrumors member


    May 29, 2017
    Rdio,please come back.
    On a Mac its better to use pianobar in cli
  17. Eric5h5 macrumors 68020

    Dec 9, 2004
    Why should those 5-10 seconds be barf-inducing? Why make a terrible-looking app when you can make a nice-looking one? Why make excuses for garbage?

  18. mmp1964 macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2011
    I miss Rdio so much. They had a great UI and as far as I know the best "social" platform even to this day. Find followers based on similar musical tastes - subscribe to their playlists and libraries - brilliant! (I say "as far as I know because I haven't used Spotify for a couple of years).
  19. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    Poor Rdio. I absolutely loved the service back in the day. When they filed for bankruptcy, that's when I finally moved over to Spotify. But damn, was Rdio on point with discovering new music and it's social aspects. Don't get me wrong, Spotify is fantastic for discovering new music. But in it's heyday, Rdio was fantastic.
  20. larrylaffer macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2009
    Los Angeles
    It's almost certainly build with Electron, which is so so much worse

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