Upgrade! Pandora for iPhone 1.1 out now.

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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!

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

84 thoughts on “Upgrade! Pandora for iPhone 1.1 out now.

  1. 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. @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.

  3. @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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. Can you guys work something out so that I can access Pandora on other versions of iPod?

  7. Any update on a windows mobile version of pandora, or has it been shelved indefinitely?

  8. 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…

  9. 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.

  10. Downloaded 1.1 and was surprised to see the ability to play my multiple radio stations on random mode has been removed as an option. Is it just me or was this one of the best things about 1.0?

  11. I have a VERY reproducible bug on the new version…
    With headphones in, When I start playing a song and then click the SLEEP/WAKE button to lock it the audio immediately drops WAY lower, like from 100% volume to 40%.
    Still audible but considerably lower
    Audio level is restored then if you wake it and skip to the next song, or take out headhpones, put them back in and press play.
    Any ideas? Thanks!!!

  12. Thanks for the excellent work. But I gotta say, I didn’t wait in line for the “3G” iPhone because I was excited about 64kbps limit. Seriously, you guys need to include high bitrate stereo for 3G. If a longer buffer is needed, so be it. At least make it a user option. I got this phone specifically for streaming music in my car.

  13. Anyone else having trouble with this? I downloaded the updated app and now I just see the opening wallpaper with no progress circle for about 20 seconds before my iPhone goes back to the home screen. I have downloaded and erased it 3 times now to no avail. The same outcome over wifi, 3G, and EDGE. It was working fine before the update.

  14. I just found out about Pandora. I just want to say it is amazing, I do not know how I lived without it. I hope you guys and gals keep up the great work, thank you so much for this great media experience.
    You rock!!!!

  15. I got my iPhone yesterday, and the first thing I did was get the Pandora app (this was a main reason for me buying an iPhone).
    Wow.
    You guys have made an amazing product. And now it’s even better than before.
    This is all new, so I’m sure that the updates the other users are demanding will come in the future, but for me, all I have to say is Wow.
    Oh, and thank you.

  16. I’d like those who say that Pandora has good sound quality do an A / B comparison between it and the “Tuner” app. Pick any 64kbps station on Tuner – it will stream perfectly in STEREO over 3G. Now listen to Pandora over 3G (not WiFi) right after and compare the sound quality. The Tuner app in Stereo will sound much better – guaranteed.
    Note that 64kbps is considered FM quality, which is still pretty darn good. 128kbps is CD quality, but in MONO it sounds more like 32 bits.
    Tony

  17. After updating to 1.1, I find the volume control for this app is frozen. It’s set HIGH so that basically means I can’t use this with headphones. Tried reinstalling it twice with no success. Really love this app for the Touch and hope I can figure out a fix without resorting to a complete restore of my player. Any ideas out there?

  18. Thank you for the update. The resume option and stereo over vi-fi are really important, however streaming stereo over 3G is priority, as the magority of iPhone useres need it on the go.
    Also, the Pandora app has to dimm the screen instead turning it off while the iPhone being charged. Please bring this feature for us.

  19. I just wanted to thank you for the update.
    I just noticed the resume feature today, when I hit the home button by accident, and it’s super cool.
    If you can, please please please, hook up the headphone button so that it will pause the music. Please.

  20. Please.. Please.. Please.. have the Stereo option for 3G connection. Let the user decide to use it or not.

  21. You realize there are more people with Blackberry’s than with iPhone’s… where our love? I would love Pandora on my 8830…

  22. I’m also having the skipping problem…song stops and moves to next song. I’m using Exchange and wonder whether the syncs or something else may be interfering with the stream. Pandora…any ideas?

  23. I too, am having the skipping problem. I emailed Pandora and they said it’s the network, but my network has full strenght and some song play the whole length without me touching or moving my iPhone. Help!

  24. Hi, just wanted to say how much I love the new app for iphone/ipod touch. I’m pretty much addicted to Pandora and even bought my new cell phone specifically so I could listen on there, but was kinda pissed about the monthly charge from AT&T. This website is blocked at my office, so this was pretty much a lifesaver. Thanks~!

  25. I am having the same problem as Casey. Never had any trouble before the update, but with 1.1 the app will sit at the opening screen for 10-15 sec. then go back to the home screen. I do not see any progress “circle”, just the image.
    Anyone else having trouble with this? I downloaded the updated app and now I just see the opening wallpaper with no progress circle for about 20 seconds before my iPhone goes back to the home screen. I have downloaded and erased it 3 times now to no avail. The same outcome over wifi, 3G, and EDGE. It was working fine before the update.
    Posted by: Casey at July 25, 2008 09:12 PM

  26. I have the same problem as Casey. No probs before, but with 1.1 all the app does is sit at the welcome screen for 10 secs then goes back to Home screen

  27. After using 1.1 for a few days, I still love the radio stations song selections at the core of Pandora itself, but the iPhone player still needs some work. I’d offer the following suggestions, in order of importance:
    1) The stream needs to have an option to be in STEREO over 3G cellular. There should also be a user choice of buffer size.
    2) There should be a progress bar indicating the length of the song and where the song is currently playing, like the iPod player does. Live365 does this well in it’s Windows Mobile player. Right now, I have no idea if the song is going to play for another 30 minute or 30 seconds.
    3) The name of the artist and album name are almost impossible to read in sunlight. They are just too small and lightly colored. I know you took this format direct from the iPod player, but the difference is that I always know the artist that I’m playing when I’m using the iPod, but I often do NOT know the artist playing over Pandora – and if I like the song and I’m outside, it’s very very hard to see the artist name. This is critical info that should be more prominant in the display or at least on another screen that can be displays with a button. Right now, there is WAY too much screen real estate for the cover art.
    4) I also have been getting random song skipping in 1.1 as soon have noted above.
    5) This is more of a long term request, but how about an option to search the Web for song lyrics of the song currently playing? That’d be pretty cool, but a low priority item.
    Thanks,
    Tony

  28. I’m also having the 1.1 problem where it just sits on the welcome screen and then crashes back to the iPhone home page. I miss Pandora :(

  29. Im having the same volume issue when iphone it drops at least by !/2 sometimes if it does not go back to normal at the next song i have to restart Pandora, anything i can do? Im really feeling Pandora its a great app

  30. Hi,
    I think iphone have actually brought revolution in 3G mobile technology. iphone have got fast accessing speed even in WiFi. iphone rocks.
    Ricky
    ————————————————
    http://blog.widecircles.com

  31. I must say, I am extremely impressed by this app! I have been listening to Pandora on my phone a lot lately and it’s been great.
    Although, I have had the skipping problem, where a song will be playing and suddenly stop and start the next song.

  32. I updated to the new 1.1 and now I don’t get anything. The app loads and then freezes and shuts down. Is there something I need to do?

  33. it appears that one needs to update his touch to version 2 in order for your app to work. For those of us who want to stay on a jailbroken 1.1.4 (for obvious reasons) are there instructions to install Pandora manually (using WinSCP, etc). Otherwise, we have to go to Last.fm which has that ability.
    Thanks

  34. Pandora works fine on my iPhone at home, which makes me think that the issue is, in fact, the consistency of the wireless network at my office. Though it seems that Pandora is particularly sensitive to brief hiccups in the connections; would be nice if it could “recover” better.

  35. PLEASE make this available for the Verizon Blackberry.. I love Pandora, but I’m not buying an iphone.

  36. Has anyone else noticed that version 1.1 of Pandora doesn’t remember the username and password in Settings?

  37. @luke
    Not to worry, when the updated app starts up on your iPhone, you’ll see the correct version number (currently 1.1) displayed in the lower right of the black Pandora screen. As for what’s listed for ‘Get Info’ in iTunes, we’ll look into working with Apple to get that corrected.
    @tvzi
    @nehurd
    This is something that might take some Q&A to get resolved. I’d suggest contacting pandora-support@pandora.com with some more information about the local network you’re using.
    @eurosdr
    QuickMix should always be listed at the top of the station list in 1.1, whether that list is sorted by date or name– as long, of course, as you have more than one station in your account. Feel free to send a screenshot (briefly hold the power and menu buttons at the same time, there will be a white flash, and a screenshot will appear in your Camera Roll Photo Album) to pandora-support@pandora.com if you still can’t find QuickMix in your station list!
    @joseph
    I couldn’t reproduce this on my first-gen iPhone running 1.1, no matter where the hardware or software volume settings were set. Feel free to get in touch with pandora-support@pandora.com to give us more detail on your iPhone specs and what headphones you’re using, etc.
    @casey
    @laplace808
    @heather
    @help
    Hi guys, sorry about that. There are a number of possible causes for this behavior, and we’re still trying to see which of them we can do something about. Have you tried turning your iPhone off and back on again? If so, and the issue persists, try deleting the app entirely and reinstalling. You may need to tether your iPhone and log out of the iTunes Store account you used to download the app originally, and then log back in, before you reinstall. Feel free to write to pandora-support@pandora.com for further assistance, if needed.
    @bkl
    @vixensfo
    Thanks for your patience! There are a few volume-control issues we’re working on in concert with Apple, specifically the disconnect between hardware and software volume controls, and also the difficulty in finding the ‘sweet spot’ to adjust the software volume control. Some people find it helps to hold their finger in place for a second before moving it, or to place their finger just to either side of the volume marker. You can also try just using the hardware volume controls, but be sure to leave the software control set to a low volume to protect your ears in case you touch the screen accidentally.
    @everyone
    Thanks so much for the comments and feedback. We’re always listening, and always excited to bring you new features and improvements. Thanks again for listening to Pandora!

  38. Pandora sounds great on WiFi, and in fact my uneducated ear doesn’t really notice the mono too much when on the road… sounds so much better than over the air radio in the least, especially when you consider its personalized and commercial free!
    Keep up the excellent work Pandora Team… when I heard Pandora was going to be on the iPhone I couldn’t resist!

  39. Yes, Pandora would be the king if it could only stream stereo via 3G at a decent bitrate.
    Last.fm has a GREAT stereo sound to its stream, but its music algorithm is poor compared to Pandora’s – every time I replay my Last.fm it plays the same songs again – not good. Not to mention the bugs and instability in the Last.fm app.
    As a test, I started streaming Pandora via WiFi at my house and played a song – it was of course playing at a decent bitrate in stereo. I then went into my iPhone 3G settings and switched WiFi off, defaulting the iPhone back to 3G, and then went back in to Pandora. It picked up where I left off and the song was still playing in stereo! The song finished out fine, without any stutter or breakup, but of course the next song that played was back to mono. So I know you guys can implement stereo streaming via 3G! Let’s do it! Thanks for such an incredibly great product.

  40. For everyone for whom the pandora songs stops mid songs and skips to the next one, go to “settings,” switch the WiFi network to “off” and the skipping should stop. It worked for me.

  41. Probably a stupid question, but how do I tie the iPhone to my Pandora.com account? I have some stations set up on the iPhone, which I did before I signed up on Pandora.com. Now that I have stations on the web, how can I make the iPhone app use those stations? I don’t see anywhere to tap for any kind of settings or setup. I know I’m missing something obvious…

  42. Assume app for the iPhone 3G! I love it.
    I’m having the skipping problem, too, but it sounds like you are already away of this issue.

  43. I like Pandora. However, there is DEFINITELY A BUG in it’s SW since the volume control IS USELESS most of the time. It does not sense the touch and cannot be adjusted.

  44. @Adam
    Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll try it out. If it holds for me, it would seem something about the streaming from Wi-Fi was broken when the app was updated to 1.1.

  45. I’ve been listening to Pandora radio quite awhile
    and enjoy it a lot.Being able to pick exactly what
    you want to hear with nothing else(including commercials) is great!!my only beef is with the
    Adobe flash player you have to have to listen to
    Pandora.it is frequently cutting out and inter-
    rupting songs!!WHAT IS UP WITH THAT? It is so irr-
    itating!!PLEASE FIX IT!!! Thanks!!

  46. Great app. It’s my most used iPhone application, topping even my use of the phone part of the iPhone!
    I am an audiophile and find the quality of Pandora streamed over 3G to be very good!
    There have been a few times I have wished I could see the details of or bookmark a song that finished playing. Would it be possible to add this feature to the Pandora iPhone app?
    Thanks for a great product!

  47. Any update on a windows mobile version of pandora, or has it been shelved indefinitely?
    All you need to know is that Pandora’s been saying they’re going to provide a Windows Mobile client for, oh, a year or so now.
    In other words, “Go Cheney yourself.”