Pandora Launches Apple Watch App With Offline Playback Capabilities

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Pandora today launched an updated version of its iOS app, which includes a redesigned Apple Watch experience with features that Pandora users have been requesting.

Pandora built its new Apple Watch app from the ground up with features that include remote access playback, the option to favorite songs right from the Now Playing screen, and, most importantly, offline playback.


Apple Watch owners who use Pandora will be able to listen to the streaming music service without an internet connection. There is a catch though -- using Pandora sans internet requires a Pandora Plus or Premium subscription.

Pandora Plus is priced at $4.99 per month, while Pandora Premium is $9.99 per month. Pandora Plus offers up unlimited personalized stations, unlimited skips and replays, four stations for offline listening, and no ads.

Pandora Premium, though, allows users to search for music and play any song, as well as create custom playlists and download any music for offline listening.

As The Verge points out, Pandora users will not be able to stream music with an Apple Watch's cellular data connection, a feature limited to Apple Music.

You asked, and we listened! By popular demand, we bring you a brand new, built-from-the-ground-up app that's seamlessly integrated into the Apple Watch experience, so now you can:
- Access remote playback controls.
- Give your favorites a Thumbs Up directly from the Now Playing screen.
- Listen without an internet connection! Pandora Plus & Premium subscribers get access to offline content - no phone required.

To use the new Pandora Apple Watch app, Apple Watch owners will need to have the latest version of watchOS, watchOS 5, installed.

Pandora can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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21 months ago
Spotify needs to hurry up and do the same thing.
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21 months ago

watchOS is hamstrung just like audioOS on HomePod. LAME.

I don’t think you meant it as a joke, but that was a great MP3-encoding punchline you wrote there. :D
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21 months ago
You could also have T Mobile. Since they give free Pandora Plus.
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21 months ago
Spotify needs to hurry up with this. :D
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21 months ago

I'm surprised that Apple even allows other music sources.

If they didn’t, it would be a big mistake. Not only would they probably get hit with anti-competition lawsuits, but they’d probably lose a lot of customers to Android. It’s not like they don’t allow alternatives like email clients, browsers, cloud clients, etc.
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21 months ago

You could also have T Mobile. Since they give free Pandora Plus.

Gave. That offer is over as far as I know.
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