Today we’re rolling the first upgrade to Pandora for iPhone, the free version of Pandora internet radio for your iPhone and iPod touch.
In addition to a number of important bug fixes this version has a handful of new features:
+ Stereo over WiFi – Pandora stations now play in high bitrate stereo when using Pandora over WiFi. This makes an iPod touch the perfect companion to your living room stereo. Just dock and play.
+ Station Resume – when you’re using Pandora and switch to another application, or take an incoming phone call, the music will resume right where you left off when you start Pandora back up. It’s not as good as background listening (which isn’t currently possible on the iPhone) but at least you won’t miss anything if you need to hop out to another app for a minute.
+ Search Auto-Complete – as you type an artist, song or composer in the station creation screen we will offer suggestions in real time as you go.
+ Station Sorting – view your stations either by the creation date or alphabetically.
+ On Phone Registration – users that are new to Pandora can now complete account registrations on the iPhone and iPod touch.
+ Settings Panel – swap your Pandora login without reinstalling the app.
To get started just visit: http://pandora.com/on-the-iphone.
Note: Pandora is currently available on approximately 30 other mobile phones. Check http://www.pandora.com/on-the-go to see if your phone is currently supported. While we’re not ready to talk specifically about timing, for those of you with smartphones from other vendors please know that we haven’t forgotten about you and we’re hard at work on versions of Pandora for your phone too. Stay tuned!


  1. Tones2
    July 25, 2008 at 10:04am
    This is a good update, but you REALLY REALLY need to have stereo streaming through the 3G network and NOT just WiFi. This should be a very high priority for you as right now things sound terrible in MONO (I don't know how anyone can listen to MONO these days). The Tuner app for the iPhone streams in stereo over 3G as well as the Live365 app on my Windows Mobile phone. It's time for Pandora to do the same - at least as a choosable OPTION. It would also be nice to be able to control the amount of buffering that the app does, like Live365 does. Pandora would be fantastic except for the one VERY fatal flaw - stereo 3G streaming. Tony
  2. Jay Williams
    July 25, 2008 at 11:39am
    What bitrate is the "Stereo over WiFi" version verses the "3G" version?
  3. Tom Conrad
    July 25, 2008 at 12:16pm
    @Tones2 Absolutely agree that Pandora will in fact be better when we can stream stereo over the cellular connection. But it's all about bitrates. The highest bitrate we can stream at reliably on 3G is 64Kbps and using MP3 the stereo files just sound terrible compared to the mono versions. Sure you get some stereo separation but to cram the extra channel in you lose all kinds of musical fidelity. Sounds like the music is coming from the bottom of a well. We're continuing to work on audio quality across all connection types so this isn't the final word on the subject by any means. @Jay I can say we're streaming 128K over wifi, but the bitrate over cellular is a bit of a moving target. We're still experimenting with various bitrates and codecs with the goal of giving the best possible listening experience over the widest range of network conditions.
  4. Tones2
    July 25, 2008 at 12:50pm
    @Tom Thanks for the reply. However, the iPhone "Tuner" app streams 128kbps STEREO streams just fine. So does Live365 on my Windows Mobile 6 phone. Also, both applications also have 64kbps radio stations that stream in stereo, and they sound much much better than the Pandora mono streams. So I truly don't know what the issue is here. There is no way in the world that a mono stream at a higher kbps sounds better than a stereo stream at a lower bit rate. It's not just about stereo seperation - it's about phase cancelation, hearing individual instruments when the vocals are present, depth of field, etc. Night and day difference here, especially for more complex and noisier material such as progressive metal. One thing that I noticed is the Pandora does not seam to buffer the stream to any great extent. The Live365 app is a great example of how smooth the playback can be with proper buffering. Here is amount of buffering is selectable by the USER, so they can choose the trade-off between smooth streaming and access time to new stations. It works great in that app. I hope that you at least give the users of an OPTION of stereo streaming in the near future. Thanks, Tony
  5. luke
    July 25, 2008 at 1:42pm
    ummm... i see in the App Store where version is now 1.1, but when i download, click on the app, and check the version number, it still says 1.0 wtf
  6. Tzvi
    July 25, 2008 at 2:11pm
    I have had a problem with both 1.0 and 1.1. Quite frequently the whole song won't play. It has nothing to do with my touching the display as it is usually sitting in a dock when this occurs. It will just randomly cut off a song in the middle and move to the next song.
  7. Ruth
    July 25, 2008 at 2:21pm
    Can you guys work something out so that I can access Pandora on other versions of iPod?
  8. Adam
    July 25, 2008 at 2:23pm
    Any update on a windows mobile version of pandora, or has it been shelved indefinitely?
  9. MX
    July 25, 2008 at 2:57pm
    Excellent work! Just tried it on my iPod touch. Amazing sound quality! Ran into my boss' office today and found she was listening to Pandora too...
  10. Thomas
    July 25, 2008 at 3:14pm
    I'm noticing that when I sort alphabetically that "The Band" comes up under "T" rather than "B". Same with all stations with format "The ". Other than that, nice as always.

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