Pandora 2.1: Control the Music from Your Keyboard

This is one that a lot of our listeners have been asking for… with this release we’ve added basic keyboard navigation to Pandora. You can now control music playback from your keyboard:
spacebar: Toggle Play / Pause
right-arrow: Skip to the Next Song
plus: I Like this Song
minus: I Don’t Like this Song
up-arrow: Raise Volume
down-arrow: Lower Volume
shift + up-arrow: Full Volume
shift + down-arrow: Mute
There is one important caveat: thanks to the wonderful world of web browsers, the keyboard navigation only works if our player has “focus.” This means that you need to click the player once before the keyboard shortcuts work. If you click outside the player on the page, you’ll have to click back in the player again to use the keyboard equivalents. We’ll work on refining this (and adding more keyboard shortcuts) over time.

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The Pandora Team http://www.pandora.com/

28 thoughts on “Pandora 2.1: Control the Music from Your Keyboard

  1. I like the new keyboard short cuts. I do very much miss being able to see the “why did you play this song” I knew what songs I liked but never thought about WHY. I found out that i liked “dirty guitar rifts” a lot, and that I seem to prefer a “gritty male vocal”…who knew (I thought I liked good singer voiced not the gritty ones and I never new guitar was so important). In recent year I have liked a more female different sound, like eveanescence or plumb type sound. I wonder what made some like them stand out over the many others in a similar style?

  2. Love it. As always…
    Is there a way that we can disable this feature? I’m worried that I’ll accidently affect my stations.
    Thanks,
    Matt

  3. I like the upgrades, but I have one desire in terms of control. Mozilla and Firefox have an extension called FoxyTunes that lets you control various media players from a bar on your browser. Pandora’s media player doesn’t seem to be supported.

  4. A big THANK YOU also from me for your wonderful service in general and for all the big and small enhancements of this upgrade. It’s about 01:45 a.m. early Saturday morning here in Germany and I just can’t cease from trying out and discovering musical treasures!!!
    I’d like to suggest that you copy the whole description of the keyboard navigation as a new item into the FAQ. So it won’t get lost in the past of the blog – future users will be thankful … (Of course also the other new features like sharing, favourites, linking etc. should be documented in the FAQ!)
    As to Matt Brown’s concern about accidentally spoiling stations by keyboard actions, maybe an on/off-button on the top edge of the grey frame of the player would help? – To gain some space there, the play and pause buttons could be merged into one single button. (See this item also in my emails to Vic Wong @ the support team with some more ideas!)
    Best regards, I’ll stay tuned and recommend Pandora to everybody :-D Ralf

  5. Thanks! These shortcuts are great… however, I REALLY want one for “Why did you play this song?” — This is the feature I use most often, and my fingers are crying for a keyboard shortcut. Please, please, please add one (W, shift-W, atl-shift-~… I don’t care what keys, just add it!)
    Thanks again,
    Jon B

  6. Hi,
    First of all,let me just say that this Pandora is just awesome! :), and all the recent upgrades are great too. Regarding shortcuts (keyboard or otherwise),I just had a couple of suggestion. I’ve been constantly adding artists and songs to my station, and i think it would be really helpful if you could reduce the number of clicks required to add a new artist/song to the station. Currently, I have to click the Station Name , then click “Add more music to this station”,then click inside the text box which appears (since the keyboard tab key does not work to put focus on the field), and then enter the artist name and click ‘Add’) . Now this may not seem sucha big deal if you only add a couple of artists at a time, but if you’re anything like me (I’ve added more than 200 bands to my station), it gets a little annoying to have to go through so many clicks just to add an artist.So if there was a keyboard shortcut to load up the “add artist” screen with the focus already on the input text field, that would be awesome.
    another followup enhancement could be,when the confirmation screen comes up saying “We’ve now added songs similar to …”, if that screen could also contain the “add artist” input field so that I could immediately add another artist without having to click on my station, click “add more artists”… etc, that would be very helpful.
    Thanks,
    Vipin

  7. Pandora is freaking amazing.. a suggestion, though: is it possible to pick one artist, and let Pandora play just that one artist? Thanks! And keep up the great work!

  8. Wow, good job guys. The keyboard shorcuts make it 10X better!
    I give you kudos, major kudos ^_^

  9. Just wanted to say that my friend referred me to this site today and I’m seriously blown away! I was getting sick of surfing for hours and hours trying to ‘research’ music I like, but this makes the whole experience enjoyable. Not only do I get a sampling of music from a specific genre, but I can listen to my favourites too!!! One thing though, you really should make adding support for Canada a priority since they are the prime users of the internet in the world.
    Cheers and thanks for the innovation!
    Matt

  10. Some keyboards have keys just for Play, Pause, Stop, etc. Would be nice to use them w/ Pandora while playing a fullscreen game or something. Would be also cool if we can switch stations via keyboard shortcuts. Thanks.
    =D

  11. We are in an era of such crummy mainstream radio stations–my kids and I have long discussed how great it would be to have radio that played more obscure artists without having to move to Austin. That seems kind of drastic. Have you ever noticed while traveling that the stations on the same place on the dial play the same type of music, no matter where you are? In two days I have discovered several artists that I really like that I never would have known about otherwise. Thank you, Pandora!!

  12. Firstly, the shortcuts are a great addition to a great offering. However, for some reason I can’t get the Shift + up arrow or Shift + down-arrow to work. All that happens is that the volume adjusts one notch. Is anyone else experiencing this?

  13. Pandora has become a virtual “must” for me while I work. Great stuff guys! Of course I’ve discovered a few “quirks”, but let’s resist the temptation to be negative about such an awesome service.

  14. very cool feature! pandora is really the great!
    it would be nice to jump to the next station with one key as well… maybe with page-up , page-down ?!
    marv

  15. I appreciate having the option to use these shortcuts, but it interferes with the possibility of using the space bar while the browser window is in focus – this is a big deal
    prevents me from switching desktops in Virtue and using Spotlight…
    Can you please add a way to turn off the keyboard shortcuts?
    Thanks!

  16. Technically the keyboard shortcuts do not interfere with the possibility of using the space bar while the browser window is in focus.
    Not only does the browser window need to have focus, but the Flash player needs to have the focus. The Flash player all by itself will interfere with the use of keyboard shortcuts for Virtue and Spotlight. Give it at test by going to another site that uses Flash and give the Flash player focus.
    Hope these comments help.

  17. Hey!!!! this is sooooo great, i love it but the only problem is that i dont live in america and i do not have a USA zip code so i cant register…..(sigh)

  18. You are totally on the right track. Now:
    musts:
    pageup: go up one station
    pagedn: go down one station
    wants:
    home: “why are you playing this song”
    end: close popup from above
    you guys rock!

  19. hey guys i was just wondering how an artist would add his/her music to the Music Genome Project
    pandera rules
    but im still curious

  20. If there was an option to dislike artists as a whole, instead of just song by song, that would be great.
    Also, It seems with the layout of most keyboards and by intuition, that Shift+? would be an appropriate shortcut for “why are you playing this song?”.

  21. I would also like to see a way to DISABLE the keyboard shortcuts. It interferes with my ability to use “Snap” features in Windows 7. For example, if I want to move Firefox to the right side of the screen, I hit “Windows-key + Right-arrow”. The Snap works, but it also makes Pandora skip to the next track.
    I also use a program that allows me to control volume across the entire system using kybd shortcuts. The shortcut sequence for volume up/down is “Ctrl + Up-arrow/Down-arrow”. Guess what this makes Pandora do – approve or disapprove a currently playing song! Not good.
    Please please please give us a way to disable this feature.
    -Mike

  22. Any chance you might add an option to disable keyboard shortcuts? I use keyboard shortcuts like Command-Right to switch tabs in Firefox, and I’m constantly accidentally skipping songs in Pandora because Firefox’s tab-switching shortcut conflicts with Pandora’s.