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Pandora Apple Watch App Now Supports Siri

Wednesday April 29, 2020 10:17 am PDT by
Popular music streaming service Pandora today updated its app for the Apple Watch to introduce support for Siri, allowing ‌Siri‌ to be used to play stations, songs, albums, and podcasts. The inclusion of ‌Siri‌ support makes it easier to find specific content right on the Apple Watch without needing to rely on the iPhone. Users can also ask ‌Siri‌ to dislike or like the current song for...

Pandora Introduces Standalone Apple Watch App, Stream Music and Podcasts With No iPhone Required

Friday February 14, 2020 6:52 am PST by
Pandora this week introduced a standalone Apple Watch app that allows you to stream music and podcasts from your wrist with no iPhone required. Starting with ‌watchOS 6‌, developers are able to distribute apps built specifically for the ‌Apple Watch‌, without a companion app on iOS. These apps can be downloaded from the new App Store app on watchOS 6. Acquired by SiriusXM in 2018, Pandora ...

Pandora Launches New Desktop App for Mac

Monday May 20, 2019 9:06 am PDT by
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...

Waze App for iOS Gains Pandora Music Streaming Support

Monday May 13, 2019 4:28 am PDT by
Google-owned mapping app Waze has been updated with support for Pandora music streaming, as revealed in a blog post on the Pandora website. The update means Pandora listeners on both iOS and Android can stream songs directly from within the Waze app using its embedded audio player, allowing drivers to navigate and listen to their music without leaving the app. The integration also works...

Pandora Premium Launches Monthly Discounts for Students and Military Subscribers

Tuesday May 7, 2019 9:57 am PDT by
Pandora Premium today announced new discounted subscriptions offered to students and members of the military. Just like offerings from Apple Music and Spotify, students will now be able to pay just $4.99/month for the Pandora Student Plan, compared to $9.99/month for everyone else. Premium offers subscribers the chance to listen to music on-demand and ad-free, and includes features like...

Apple Not Fighting Royalty Increase for Songwriters That Spotify, Pandora, Google and Amazon Have Appealed

Thursday March 7, 2019 3:35 pm PST by
Spotify, Google, Pandora, and Amazon have all teamed up to appeal a ruling by the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board that will increase royalties paid to songwriters by 44 percent, reports Variety. In a joint statement, the companies, which all operate major streaming music services, said that the decision harms both music licensees and copyright owners. "The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), in a...

Pandora Launches Voice Assistant in iOS App

Tuesday January 15, 2019 6:58 am PST by
Following in the footsteps of Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, Pandora today launched its own voice assistant available within its iOS and Android apps. When the app is opened, users can turn on "voice mode" and say "Hey Pandora," asking the assistant to play their music, podcasts, radio stations and more connected to the streaming music service. Similar to Siri, Pandora will also be able...

Pandora Launches Apple Watch App With Offline Playback Capabilities

Friday January 4, 2019 5:36 pm PST by
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...

Pandora Announces Personalized Podcast Curation With the 'Podcast Genome Project'

Tuesday November 13, 2018 8:07 am PST by
Following its acquisition by SiriusXM in September, Pandora today announced that it will begin offering specialized podcast curation under the Podcast Genome Project. Similar to its Music Genome Project, the PGP will launch in a public beta format and combine human curation with advanced machine learning to offer users specific podcast recommendations, "down to the episodic level." Pandora...

SiriusXM to Acquire Pandora for $3.5 Billion

Monday September 24, 2018 7:35 am PDT by
SiriusXM today announced that it will acquire Pandora for $3.5 billion in an all-stock transaction, creating "the world's largest audio entertainment company," according to Pandora's press release on the news. The transaction has been unanimously approved by both the independent directors of Pandora and by the board of directors of SiriusXM, and is now expected to close in Q1 2019. The...

Pandora Rolling Out Personalized Playlists to All Premium Subscribers on Mobile App

Wednesday May 23, 2018 9:59 am PDT by
After a slow rollout began in March, Pandora today announced that all Premium tier subscribers can now access their own personalized music playlists. Similar to Apple Music and Spotify, Pandora's selection of playlists personally curate a specific collection of tracks, but Pandora focuses on moods, activities, and genres (via TechCrunch). For example, Pandora can create "Your Energy...

Pandora Grants Free Tier Listeners Access to On-Demand Features if They View 15-Second Ad

Thursday December 14, 2017 7:31 am PST by
Pandora today announced that it will now let those who use the company's free, ad-supported tier access on-demand listening after viewing a 15-second video ad. Listeners can search for a specific song, album, playlist, and then they'll have an option to view the ad in question, after which a Pandora Premium listening session will unlock. Previously, users on Pandora's free tier had to listen ...

Pandora Ending Operations in New Zealand and Australia as CEO Steps Down

Tuesday June 27, 2017 5:11 pm PDT by
Popular streaming radio service Pandora plans to stop offering its service in New Zealand and Australia, a spokesperson told Billboard this afternoon. Australia and New Zealand are currently the only non-U.S. locations where the company operates, and Pandora has decided to focus its business solely on the United States.A Pandora spokesperson told Billboard that after much analysis, it was decided ...

SiriusXM Again Having 'Active Discussions' to Acquire Pandora

Thursday May 18, 2017 8:47 am PDT by
Broadcasting company SiriusXM Satellite Radio is having "active discussions" about the potential acquisition of internet radio company Pandora, after previously showing interest in bidding for Pandora last year. After those talks stalled, The New York Post is now reporting that SiriusXM is reigniting its interest in Pandora, which would grant the company access to Pandora's online radio service...

Pandora Previews Apple Music and Spotify Competitor 'Premium'

Tuesday December 6, 2016 10:05 pm PST by
Pandora previewed its long-awaited Apple Music and Spotify competitor today at a special event with select publications. The new service is called Pandora Premium, and will launch in early 2017 with a likely price of $9.99 per month, reports Engadget. The new app offers on-demand access to a large music library and looks a lot like Rdio. In November, Pandora announced that it had acquired...

Pandora Redesigns Website With New UI and Premium Playback Features for Pandora Plus Listeners

Wednesday November 9, 2016 8:18 am PST by
Pandora today began the rollout of a "completely overhauled" desktop site for its streaming radio service, coming on the heels of its rebranded iOS and Android apps last month. Pandora.com now has a couple of new features including an enhanced user interface and new additions for Pandora Plus listeners, which should begin appearing throughout the day as the rollout continues. The changes begin ...

Pandora Rebrands Mobile App Ahead of On-Demand Music Service Launch

Wednesday October 12, 2016 9:01 am PDT by
Online radio service Pandora today announced a rebranding of its iOS and Android apps, complete with a new logo that includes a "vibrant and bold color scheme" that the company says will showcase "the next phase of the product and the music experiences Pandora brings you." The app's icon has transitioned from a gray background with a navy blue "P" to an all-white background a lighter, bolder "P." ...

Pandora Confirms its Apple Music Competitor Launches Later This Year

Thursday September 15, 2016 6:52 am PDT by
Pandora has introduced Pandora Plus, a new ad-free subscription service that builds upon Pandora One with unlimited song skips and replays and a new predictive offline mode for $4.99 per month. Meanwhile, users of its existing ad-supported tier will gain the ability to skip more songs and replay songs by watching video ads. The new predictive offline mode automatically detects when you lose...

Amazon and Pandora Each Nearly Ready to Launch Apple Music Rivals

Monday August 29, 2016 6:57 am PDT by
Amazon and Pandora are closing in on licensing agreements with the world's largest record labels to launch their own streaming music services later this year, reports Financial Times. Both subscription-based services are expected to cost $9.99 per month, a price that has become the industry standard, and compete with heavyweights like Apple Music and Spotify. Amazon's offering could launch...

Pandora Set to Introduce Two New On-Demand Paid Subscription Tiers

Friday August 19, 2016 9:16 am PDT by
Streaming radio service Pandora is getting ready to introduce two new on-demand paid subscription tiers, in addition to keeping its popular free option available, according to people familiar with the matter speaking with The Wall Street Journal. The company is said to be "close to inking deals" with some major record companies that will let it expand the two new tiers in both the United...