Tuesday, January 06, 2009

I've written here several times in the past about Pandora, the slick Internet music app that streams music it determines you'll like based on a starting point you give it (like a specific artist, for example). You can refine the channel by voting up or down, song by song. Based on your votes and the "genetic" makeup of the music you rate, it determines what other music to put into the channel. The greatest aspect of using Pandora is discovering some truly great music and artists, many of which I never heard of before Pandora. It changed my music world.

Not too long ago, Pandora for the iPhone was released, and it was the number-one free iPhone app for 2008, and for good reason. It works well on WiFi or 3G networks and provides the majority of the functionality you get on the full-blown web app.

Well, today Pandora released v2 of their iPhone app, and they've added even more to it. Gleaned from the release notes, here are the new features:

  • Tap the album art to see a progress bar, create a station from the current song or artist, or to email the station to a friend
  • View the "back side" of the album art to read artist bios
  • Rotates to a landscape layout to see recently played songs (coverflow-style)
  • Play samples of each of your bookmarked songs
  • Create a station based on genre

It's a cool update. I just wish I could close it and have it play in the background while I do other thing son my iPhone. I mean, come on Apple - It's the number-one app, make an exception, please! Anyhow, I don't know if I will use it more (it was already pretty great), but it adds some smart new functionality that's appreciated. You can find it here (links to iTunes App Store) or just get it for free via the App Store icon on your iPhone or iPod Touch.

A few photos to show you what I'm talking about:


Artist bio


'Create New Station' options


Sending to a friend without leaving the app


Coverflow-like view of past-played songs



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Tuesday, January 06, 2009 8:01:50 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Wednesday, January 07, 2009 12:57:08 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Sweet update! Downloaded as soon as I saw your writeup! Are you at CES this week? If so, keep an eye out for Cowan!
Chris
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 3:48:34 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Do you know where the Pandora iPhone app is pulling the artist bio text from? For some reason the app doesn't show the complete bio and I'd like to finish reading some of these.
Jared
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