New Pandora for All

Today is a big day for Pandora: after more than a year of planning, design, engineering, and beta testing we’re launching an entirely new Pandora website.

In late 2010 we started with a clean sheet of paper, challenging ourselves to create a new internet radio experience that was fast, social, and easy while still being familiar to the tens of millions of people that listen to Pandora each month.

The result is “New Pandora” — the same personalized radio experience you’ve enjoyed for years, wrapped in a new HTML5 look that makes it more responsive, easier to use, and better integrated with the friends and music lovers in your life. We also think it looks more beautiful than ever, but we’re biased.

For the last two months we’ve been gradually rolling a preview of the new site out to our listeners, taking their feedback, fixing bugs and making improvements here and there. With all those little fixes and refinements in place, today we’re rolling out the new site for everyone.

Some of our new features include:

Simplified Station Creation – Enhanced auto-complete choices and personalized suggestions make creating new stations and discovering new music or comedy more intuitive and personal.

Discovery of Music with Friends – Enhanced listener profiles and a new music feed offer a centralized place to find, like and comment on what friends and like-minded listeners are discovering and enjoying on Pandora. The music feed will roll out slowly over the course of the coming days. In addition to the prominent new “share” button, stations now have their own URLs, making it super easy for listeners to share favorite stations via Twitter, Facebook, or email.

Improved Control – Prominent and ubiquitous access to familiar player control buttons including Play, Pause, Thumbs-Up and Thumbs-Down icons helps listeners to easily personalize their music and comedy stations. A new shuffle feature also allows listeners to shuffle any collection of stations to add variety to their listening experience.

Enhanced Artist Information – An option to learn more about the music, find lyrics, read artists’ biographies and expand the album art size.

Unlimited listening – We’ve removed the 40 hours listening cap – you can now listen as much as you want for free.
The new social feed will roll out over the next few days to everyone and we want to remind you that you control of how others see your Pandora profile page and listening activity. Here’s a link to view and to edit your privacy settings. http://www.pandora.com/#/account/privacy

We’d love to hear what you think of our latest project. To let us know what you think, to get help, or to find answers please visit http://help.pandora.com.

Tom Conrad

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

563 thoughts on “New Pandora for All

  1. New look is awesome! Very intuitive, however, the lack of bookmarks is upsetting- that was a great feature!

  2. I can’t use it at work anymore :(. The page just stays blue with “PANDORA” in the middle. What am I going to do now.

  3. As I said in an earlier comment, I like the new site. The old site had the text set so small I couldn’t read it and there was no way to make it bigger. As for people having a problem with pausing and restarting, I’m not seeing it. I can be listening to Pandora, have to leave the office for a little while and I’ll pause the player. I can be gone for hours and when I come back and press the play button it starts right where it left off and doesn’t stop until I tell it to stop. I’ve not noticed any skipping either. So from my point of view, the new website is quite an improvement over the old one.

  4. Two days after the release of the new site, I posted here that I had a couple of minor concerns and was grateful to Pandora for years of learning about new music. I didn’t really understand what everyone was complaining about with skipping and poor sound quality. Now I get it, I can’t make it 30 seconds without a song skipping like it’s 1996.
    I’m concerned with the lack of response from Pandora to the 500+ blog comments.
    Many users like me probably just don’t know what we need to do in order to take advantage of these changes. So tell us!

  5. I also cannot listen to the new site. Before making these upgrades, it would be helpful if the companies did a better job of understanding who they would be losing if they did the upgrade.
    I enjoyed listening to Pandora and now can’t. Disappointed.
    I get the same messages as the military people.

  6. I miss the bookmark feature too, but I just realized you can add it to your amazon wishlist and save it that way.
    Then when you’re ready to get it, delete it off your wishlist and obtain it however you want.
    Yeah, this is roundabout and annoying, but it’s better than writing it down manually. You can even make a folder for music in your wishlist.
    The only problem I’ve found with this is that some songs are only available if you buy the whole album, which makes it hard to remember what song you liked. Maybe this works better in itunes, but I refuse to get an itunes account.

  7. PLEASE BRING BACK THE ALBUM INFO!!!! PLEASE BRING BACK THE ALBUM INFO!!!! PLEASE BRING BACK THE ALBUM INFO!!!! PLEASE BRING BACK THE ALBUM INFO!!!!
    MISS IT DEARLY.

  8. All of your old bookmarks are still available — simply go to “Profile,” and then click on “Bookmarks.” That will show you all of your old bookmarks — it shows me the 1544 songs I b’marked.

  9. All of your old bookmarks are still available — simply go to “Profile,” and then click on “Bookmarks.” That will show you all of your old bookmarks — it shows me the 1544 songs I b’marked.

  10. I love Pandora, but I have had nothing but SLOOOOOWWWWNEESSSS from the new interface. Within 10 minutes, the website causes the flash plugin and Firefox to use 90% of my available page file use. It’s unusable unless it is literally the only thing being used on the computer (which it’s NOT in my case).

  11. As I write this, there are already 500 comments to this post, so I dont know if anyone has already mentioned something on these lines:
    I’d like the ability to create “lists” that combine two or more stations from the ones I created (for example I like to listen to my Jazz with my Folk, and my merenque with my other Spanish music stations. Having the canned “Shuffle options you provided is not sufficient for those of us with “complex” tastes, and constantly checking and unchecking boxes is not really the way to go. Please consider – thank you.