September 18, 2013
The official iOS app of Pandora Radio, the service to which iTunes Radio is most often likened, has just been updated to version 5.0. Released around the same time as iOS 7, Pandora Radio 5.0 introduces a new user interface inspired by the look and feel of the new version of Apple's mobile operating system. This redesign is applied to both the app's iPhone and iPad editions. But perhaps the bigger change brought about by the update is its set of significant enhancements for Pandora Radio for iPad. These enhancements are outlined by Pandora as follows:
Pandora Radio 5.0 is available now in the App Store for free. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 5.0 or later. Earlier this month, ahead of the launch of iTunes Radio, Pandora dropped its 40-hour-per-month listening cap on mobile devices. The limit was introduced last March in a bid to cover increasing licensing costs. But Pandora have reportedly been earning enough money from mobile advertising to be able to lift the cap. [gallery link="file" order="DESC"]
- Enhanced Listening Experience & Personalization – We’ve significantly upgraded core Pandora functionality, such as adding variety to a station with artist suggestions and viewing station details, in addition to giving listeners the ability to easily shuffle, rename and delete stations.
- Deeper Music Discovery & Exploration – Listeners can explore more about the artist and album that is currently playing as well as easily purchase tracks from iTunes through enriched artist pages that include similar artists and genome traits of the current track spinning, plus lyrics, artist biographies and album discographies.
- Your Personal Profile & Music Feed – Your detailed timeline captures music preferences for each individual listener, such as stations created, bookmarked tracks and thumb history with the option for users to make the profile either public or private. The Music Feed offers a centralized place to view music activity, making it easy to explore what friends and other listeners with similar musical tastes are discovering and enjoying on Pandora.
- The Ability to Connect & Share Music with Friends – Social sharing features are available on iPad for the first time, with listeners able to publish their music activity to Facebook with the Pandora Timeline app, as well as manually share links to favorite stations with followers on Twitter.