Pandora Radio, a service that was launched back in January of 2000, is popular for free personalized radio which plays music according to our taste. If you don’t know how it works, all you have to do is start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs or composers and Pandora will automatically create a custom “station” or a playlist which will play related music. Users are allowed to give positive or negative feedback for songs chosen by the service, and these feedbacks are taken into account for future selection. The service is available only in the United States and is offered in many consumer devices, including Apple’s iOS lineup including iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad.
Pandora has now released a revamped version of its iOS app. The changes made in the latest version, version 3.2, are mostly in terms of interface and functionality. The interface has gone through a visual overhaul, and it now follows a blue and white coloring scheme. Some of the improved functionalities include:
Ability to rate the songs post play: One of the main features of Pandora is that it allows you to rate a song with a thumbs-up or down so that it can modify the song titles in queue according to your taste, but the previous versions required you to be playing the song in order to rate it. With the new version, the user can go back in the history and rate, comment or buy the specific track on iTunes.
I’m tired of this track: This is a new feature, wherein which tapping the “I’m tired of this track” button during playback of a song will instruct Pandora to avoid playing that particular song during the current session.
Lyrics: Lyrics feature was always available on the web based version, but was a missing feature on the iPhone app. Now it’s available and lyrics can be viewed by tapping the square icon on the upper right of the Now Playing screen.
Bookmark: The new version enables you to access bookmarked songs and artists from the iPhone app. Just tapping on Bookmarks will allow you to preview, purchase, or create an all new station from your favorites.
The updated app also claims to consume lesser battery compared to its predecessor, and users can now select a new station directly from the ‘Now Playing’ screen. Most of the additions are pretty fantastic; however, the new update took away the song length bar. We would really love to be able to see the length of the song and exact period of time we have listen the song for.
Nevertheless, it’s a lovely app, and this update is free and is available for download from the App Store. It’ll remain un-functional to users overseas like previously. Subscriptions are available in order to keep the app advert free and add features to web and iOS version at $4 per month, while the annual subscription comes at $36.