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. I love the Pandora app for the iPod Touch / iPhone. One feature that I’d really love to see is for it to include rotation so if I dock my device on its side, it’d reorient itself. I don’t think this additional feature would be tooooo hard to implement (favorite last words).
    Other than that, Its sweet. By the way, if I hit the >>| button, does that mean “I like it, but don’t play it for a month”? Is that option not implemented on the iPhone client?
    thanks!
    -Michael
    http://dinsmoreworkshop.com

  2. Great App!!!! I have a 2G iPhone. One rather unhappy problem is that when on the Edge network incoming phone calls are not coming thro. They are getting directed to voice mail after just one ring. I have not checked the same while on a WiFi network (did not get any phone calls while using this on WiFi). Please fix this. I’m already hooked on the app but it’ll definitely be a problem if incoming phone calls do not come through!!!

  3. I downloaded pandora when it first came out and I loved the first version. When I saw the update I downloaded that in a heartbeat as well. But ever since I downloaded the update I’ve had the same problems listed above. The volume will drop right after I but my ipod touch on sleep. The other problem is the skipping of the songs!!! Forgive me if I am wrong but aren’t update supposed to FIX problems not add to them? If you could please work this out before it skips another of my favorite tunes.
    Other than that I love your program and you’re doing a good job.

  4. @those who comment that 64k bitrate sounds quality is too low. You realize that this is 128k “quality”, just in mono, right? Fidelity wise, there is no difference, just one channel instead of two.
    @impatient iphone users (I am one as well)
    Realize this is a free app for us, that others have to pay *monthly* for. Realize that *your* ability to stream 128kbits on other apps over your *local* 3g network means only so much. 3g speeds vary by locality, and are not guaranteed (cell networks are shared resources, so if others around you use it often and heavily it will decrease your own bandwidth). I do, however, agree that it would be nice to have buffer/bitrate options laid out for us so that we can customize it based on our g (2g/3g) and local network conditions. It would be awesome to be able to switch back to the springboard and keep the music playing, too.
    Thank you for the current killer iphone app.

  5. I love using the Pandora Iphone app. My friends and I are constantly tuning in to listen to some sweet jams. The only thing that I dislike about the Ipod version is that you can’t search for stations that have been created on the actual site. I understand that there are probably some serious technical barriers that bring down the availability of such an option, but it would be a nice feature to have if you guys can manage it.
    Greets

  6. I felt sick when I read the article at Huffington Post recently about the problems you’re having. We LOVE Pandora & I tell all my friends about it. There has to be a way to preserve this! Is there anyone we can write to? Hang in there! You are really appreciated by your fans.

  7. @Kulfi
    It is the limitation of EDGE network. Only 3G can have voice and data simultaneously.

  8. “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.”
    Surely your audio engineers know that it is incredibly inefficient to transmit a stereo program as two distinct full-bit-rate channels. Most of the information in the left and right channels of typical stereo program material is the same, with small differences accounting for the stereo imaging, and as a result many schemes have been developed and deployed for efficiently encoding digital stereo audio with a small incremental increase over the the needed bitrate for equivalent-quality monaural audio:
    http://www.jeroenbreebaart.com/research_parametric_stereo.htm
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/266577/Stereo-Coding-for-Audio-Compression
    http://www.google.com/patents?id=0E4jAAAAEBAJ&dq=5278909
    …and so on.
    Please tell me that your statement above implying that you would need a second 64kb channel to produce stereo audio equivalent in quality to 64kb mono audio does not actually reflect the position of Pandora’s engineering.
    Lest you think I am down on Pandora, let me just say that if my iPhone didn’t do anything else — including make phone calls — I would still happily pay for it just to run Pandora, which I consider a paradigm-shifting product. I know you’re going through a crisis at the moment, and it would truly be a tragedy, in my view, if you were to be forced to close your doors. Perhaps some sort of revenue channel can be formed from the mobile carriers; I would be willing to endure an increase in my monthly service ($5? $10?) for Pandora access.

  9. im loving this app for the i phone…. although i am having a tough time finding a dock that dosen’t sound distorted with cracking and popping when not on the 3g network. I am not able to get 3g at my house and would love to listen to it at home but as soon as i dock it it stops playing. very unhappy…. is it my speakers or is it a problem not being on the 3g?

  10. Simplify Media streams music over the 3G in stereo. In fact, it doesn’t just do that, it also determines what the best possible bitrate should be based on connection speed. I really dig Pandora but am surprised at the ‘excuses’ for the abysmal quality over 3G.

  11. >Posted by: Amber at July 29, 2008 11:41 AM
    >
    >Has anyone else noticed that version 1.1 of >Pandora doesn’t remember the username and password >in Settings?
    This is happening to me as well. I have to manually enter it, if I don’t then it says it can’t sync my stations!

  12. Pandora,
    Thanks for this great iPhone app. Like others I am having trouble adjusting the volume slider. Sometimes it just won’t budge.
    I also have a feature request! I was out mowing the lawn and thought it would be cool if volume level would adjust automatically based on ambient audio levels in the vicinity. i.e., Turn the lawn mower on and the application hears the audio level through the microphone and raises the playback level automatically… turn the mower off and the playback level automatically decreases…. Just a thought- but let me tell ya, it would sure beat pulling out my iPhone every 5-10 minutes to adjust volume.
    Oh and by the way, if anyone from Apple reads this, this would be a great feature for the iPod application as well. ;)

  13. I love listening to it at ease.
    But it would be better that I can access other apps while keeping Pandora work at background.
    Cheers

  14. HI
    AOL Radio sounds perfect on Iphone.
    Pandora sounds terible lol.
    And I love my Pandora on PC,
    so fix sound quality pritty pritty pleace.
    ONT

  15. Hmmmmm
    AOL Radio sounds terible to if
    phone is not on WI FI.
    So my bad on last post.
    Hope thers a fix for G3.
    ONT

  16. I just put Pandora v.1.2 on my iphone v2.1 I like the functionality, and the music genome appears to work brilliantly. BUT…. after playing for a few minutes (on WiFi) the sound starts “strobing” and it completely hangs my iphone, to the point that the power button can’t even turn it off. Is there a memory management problem, in which the buffer fills all memory? Shouldn’t, since my phone has more than 10GB available. Something else? Any away around this?

  17. I’ve been using the latest version of this application on my original iPhone for months just fine, until recently the stream hesitates for a second or two every ten seconds.
    …it’s irritating. Did Pandora change something about the stream?
    No matter the signal strength, it hesitates. I reinstalled twice, uninstalled applications that were recently added, turned my “fetch” to manual, and never used the high-quality feature…. Nothing seems to work. Any leads? Has anyone cured this problem before?

  18. The Pandora iPhone application is not available to Canadian iPhoners and is not listed on the Canadian iTunes store or the Canadian iPhone Apps store. Why is this?
    Is this just an oversight or are you restricting Pandora to Americans?. Your response would be much appreciated. Please reply. Thanks.

  19. OK,
    @ibc and Eric and others — Sorry for the wait for WinMo; we know the listeners demand it but we don’t want to cry wolf about release dates. All I can say is sit tight…
    @John — Pandora hasn’t yet obtained the rights to broadcast in countries outside the US yet. Again sorry for this, it’s totally on the to-do list.
    @everyone with tech problems — Make sure you have the latest update for the iPhone app (1.2.1) and if you are still having trouble, hit up pandora-support@pandora.com with any questions and one of our tech support wizards will help you out promptly.
    Take care all,
    A

  20. I have a similar problem as one or 2 others have already posted. When I plug iPhone into speaker dock , it may play a few songs , then it stops. I didn’t have this problem until the new update. Is there a fix for this?

  21. I love … or should I say loved … pandora.
    Now with the constant hesitation/skipping its impossible to listen to any songs on my iPhone and have instead been forced to use a different internet radio application. Please Pandora fix whatever seems to be the problem!

  22. iPhone – Pandora 2.0.1
    Problem… Phone won’t accept calls while using ap. I really like using it, but I can’t afford to miss calls. It doesn’t even register that someone called.
    Help!!!

  23. yea your having problems because the iPhone sucks! get with it, the iPhone ‘craze’ has came and went. The phone looks like a brick in the hand, its far too big. AND SLOW!

  24. Gotta say, “Pandora One” seriously kicks ass! Will gladly pay $36 per year for the higher bit rate and no ads. Wish I would have known about it sooner. Or was it just released? Why can’t I skip more than 6?

  25. I love the idea of Pandora in the car, but I’m a stickler on audio quality. We already have a Sprint Mobile WiFi device on our cell plan that we rarely use all the monthly 5G download limit for, so I picked up a used iPod touch and I’m all set. The quality sounds quite good. My question is, what is the bitrate via WiFi on the iPod Touch when “High Quality” is selected?

  26. I have the smartphone verizon tour 9300 series. I was receiving pandora radio. Loved it and now it will only play a song for a line or two and then quit. It refers me to the thumbplay or 10 bonus tones, then if I go to more information it wants me to purchase tones for 9.99 a month. My daughter receives it and others. Please advise. or sometimes it says please wait for the next track to load. I have checked everything out with my verizon company. Please advise Thanks,.

  27. like some others already on here- the volume control on mine wont work on the touchscreen. slides back and forth but volume doesnt change. what DOES work are the side buttons. iphone4 current OS, 32gb version. Updated pandora this morning.
    OH, and I will second the need for stereo on 3G. I play pandora almost exclusively in my car thru headphone jack into the head unit and the sound is terrible.

  28. What is the memory load for Pandora 1.1? It seems to bring down my memory about 40 mb on my 3g. (Not multitasking) Mind you it does not have the A4 like the IPhone 4 and a limited amount of RAM to run this app.

  29. What is the memory load for Pandora 1.1? It seems to bring down my memory about 40 mb on my 3g. (Not multitasking) Mind you it does not have the A4 like the IPhone 4 and a limited amount of RAM to run this app.

  30. I love Pandora and was ready to cancel my XM account and put that towards the paid version of pandora however, I can’t seem to rely on Pandora lately as it cuts out all the time on both my iPhone and iPad pushing me back to the XM…anything coming up to fix that?

  31. Hey, I have a 3G iPhone and my friend has a 3GS. We both have the updated Pandora free app, but if I’m playing music on the app and exit out, the music immediately stops. My friend can exit out of Pandora and the music will keep playing, so she is free to surf the web and listen to pandora music. Can anyone help me so I can surf and listen too?