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Pandora

We got a look at the press images of a new update to Pandora -- version 4.0 -- a couple weeks ago, and now it has finally gone live for everyone to get their hands on. The app got a pretty substantial UI facelift in the previous update, and now this one brings extra features to fill out the entire experience. After linking the app to your Facebook and Twitter accounts, you can share the current playlist or song directly to each network. On the listening side, you can create and manage your different playlists, and add variety to current ones.

You can also now create a "music profile" for yourself, making a central repository for everything you do in Pandora. You can browse and follow other users' music profiles in what's being called the "music feed" as well. The update has just gone live in the Play Store, and you can grab a download at the link above.

 

Reader comments

Pandora rolls out version 4.0 update with a new feature set

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The progress indicator? That was one of my favorite new additions. To each his own, I guess - I was more pissed when I had no idea where I was in a song. I love it, so neener-neener-neener.

Huh? Pandora doesn't do that. Unless you are calling the increasingly annoying ads "static".

If you are actually getting bursts of static in between songs on Pandora, then may I humbly suggest that something else is wrong with your phone and it is not related to Pandora. I've been a Pandora listener for YEARS and have yet to hear any static while listening to Pandora that wasn't directly related to a problem with the output device.

If you are just using "static" as a euphemism for the ads, then yeah. They are really annoying and don't make me more likely to subscribe. I wish there was a modded version of the Pandora client that would just drop the ads and tell the Pandora server it played/displayed them instead of actually playing/displaying them.

Also, I still loathe the new UI. Basically, this "awesome new client" is just a slightly re-skinned version of their iOS client. The plain black and white look of the old client was FAR more in line with the ICS and JB theme than this thing. This one also enables more ads. Bleah.

Yea disappointed, no control from lock screen! And it needs a bigger button menu to be more driver friendly.

These aren't new features, just new features on mobile. I'm amazed that so few have been able to point that out. But then again, people must not use Pandora.com. When I have 3 followers and I follow 89 of my friends, they have an education issue.

Also, their UI is still atrocious, but I tried my hand to 'fix' it in Paint.net.
http://i.imgur.com/qOtxV.jpg
Anybody prefer mine on the bottom? I fixed button sizes...

I like Pandora, but IMHO, the app pales in comparison to Slacker Radio, and I prefer Slacker's service as well - but the Pandora app, while getting better, still has a long way to go to catch up to Slacker.