Pandora on iPad

Tomorrow morning as the first iPads are delivered, we’ll be launching an entirely new Pandora application built from the ground up for the iPad.

Pandora on iPad has been completely re-imagined for the iPad’s big touch interface. I think of it as the ultimate lean-in Pandora experience. Just tap the Pandora icon and let the music play while you read about the bands and music you discover. Pass it back and forth with a friend and share your discoveries. My hope is that it can play the same role that the album cover did when I was a kid — something concrete to enjoy and share as the music plays. There’s something magical about that, and this really is a magical device.

For me, this is the culmination of an almost 20 year wait. Some kids go to college so they can become a doctor. Some go with the dream of success in business. Some go in pursuit of knowledge. Some go just to have a good time.

I went so I could work at Apple.

That’s not a joke, or an exaggeration. I literally went with that singular goal and by some stroke of incredible luck, I managed to land a job there upon my graduation 18 years ago. Working at Apple was an amazing experience; the company is full of incredible people driven by a desire to change the world. During my four years there I saw all sorts of incredible products: some commonplace (the PowerBook), some infamous (the Newton) and some that never saw the light of day. Chief among those that were never released were all manner of “tablet” Macintoshes. Powered by pens and touch, these fabled devices where designed to set the Mac free from the confines of the keyboard. In the end though, it wasn’t meant to be. We could never settle on the right combination of hardware, software, and economics that would make the machines practical and popular.

None the less, there was something incredible about even those early experiments, and I’ve waited almost 20 years for some variety of tablet from Apple that would finally resolve all the issues and get the formula right. So it’s with great anticipation that I look forward to the launch of the iPad tomorrow.

I’ll be in line at an Apple Store with everyone else to pick mine up. If you decide to do the same, I hope you’ll give Pandora on iPad a listen and let us know what you think. We’d love the feedback.

Tom Conrad

CTO and EVP of Product http://www.pandora.com/profile/tconrad

58 thoughts on “Pandora on iPad

  1. Editing quick mix is essential. Some people add a variety of artists to one station. That works but it’s much more work if you want variety. It seems to be better when you create single artist stations. If you want variety, quickly edi the quick mix station. That way you can instantly listen to one normal artist based staion as usual or add several different artist stations to the quickmix station to get the variety. The later is much more flexible and allows for mixing genres with more control and easy tweaking. You also keep all the stations intact as single artists.
    Unfortunately you can’t currently edit the quickmix station. It’s useless on the iPad unless it happens to be set how you want it already, from your computer or phone.

  2. Can you please make your desktop app or webpage similar. The webpage interface is really limited and both it and the desktop app are in flash which really use a lot of resources on my computer. It’s noticeable when running other resource intensive applications. Native app for Mac or Windows?
    Thank you for the awesome music.

  3. Hello and Thank You. I am coming in here with my niece Lee Smook and you will see her in here with me often as I am quite ill and she helps me stay in touch with the music scene. We love Stephen Stills and all his incantations and the many bands he is in was in and what he does now. Thank you for this site and you can bet we will use it often as we love to talk about our wonderful Man Stephen Stills. Bless You Norma Jean

  4. Have sent this suggestion to Pandora so many times, and for me it seems such an obvious one. Now before everyone throws rocks at me for suggesting a much-needed improvement, please allow me to say that without Pandora 12-hours a day working on the computer would be just that – Work.
    As someone given to systems and organization, it strikes me odd that I must waste time “playing with” a the “Saved Station Menu From Hell”. I have tried everything, cryptic naming like J1S – jazz, #1 song, Sax.
    Can anyone feel my pain?? My brilliant suggestion for the day: Why not look at some other online stations, Jango and Slacker
    for example, and at least TRY to put some kind of a menu together that is Just a Little Bit User Friendly?
    And before my frustration is misunderstood, I am a subscriber and support of Panda – now and will always be.

  5. Why in the heck can’t I edit my channels on the iPad like I can on the iPhone version!? Seriously, WTF!? I all this wonderful touch screen interface and no ability to search for additional artist or song seeds to my channel.

  6. I just wanted to say that I use the Pandora application almost everyday and I’m looking forward to using it in the background when using my iPad 2 to display pictures on my HDTV soon. Thanks for the service and the app!

  7. yes that would be super sweet to run in background! only reason i use ipod more then pandora. ill be looking to see if ur lisening to the people who love pandora and make this happen