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!
OK, first things first. A shout out to Chris K visiting from Royal Oak, MI who was the first to ever ask about how to set up Pandora for music at a funeral parlor. Love it! Chris, who runs a funeral home, was also kind enough to teach me the funeral director handshake…see below. Notice the extended index finger (feeling for a pulse :)
The West Coast swing started off at Santa Monica public library – a beautiful building in downtown Santa Monica. A full house, courtesy of an amenable security guard who turned a blind eye to the fire code…
For our friends in the DC area, we are very pleased to announce a great show that will be happening this Tuesday, July 22.
Dr. Michael White, a masterful jazz clarinetist and one of the nation’s leading jazz scholars, will be playing a free concert at the Center for the Preservation of Jazz & Blues. While there is no fee for admission, donations are encouraged to support the Renew Our Music Fund, a great cause working to preserve the rich musical legacy of New Orleans.
White himself — here is his Pandora Backstage page — is a native of New Orleans, and his music is steeped in the deep traditions of Crescent City blues, brass bands, and classical composition. He will be joined at this show by some great players as well: Howard Kadison, David Sager, Donn Andre, Tom Gray and Marty Frankel.
This concert is presented by BMI and the Digital Media Association (DiMA), in partnership with SaveNetRadio.org. Pandora is a proud member of both DiMA and the SaveNetRadio Campaign. For more information about the show, please visit SaveNetRadio.org.
We are having a Pandora meet-up at the Sonoma Community Center (in Andrews Hall) in Sonoma. Hope to see you there–excited to meet our Sonoma County listeners!
If you would like to attend, please RSVP by sending an email to Angie at email@example.com with SONOMA in the subject line.
When: Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 @ 7:30 PM
Where: The Sonoma Community Center in Andrews Hall, 276 East Napa Street, Sonoma (
As you now know, you can get Pandora on your iPhone. Our staff is of course very excited about this, and so are music fans!
Pandora staff fanned out to several Apple Stores around the country last night and early this morning to meet Pandora fans, demo Pandora on the iPhone, and….stand in line. Reports are that hundreds of iPhone fans queued up outside Apple Stores from very early in the morning, some even camping out overnight to be the first to get the new iPhones.
I’ll let the pictures tell the story…
Chicago, with 500 iPhone fans in line in the rain. This fellow is a doctor, and says that staff at his hospital listen to Pandora on breaks and while doing paperwork.
Emeryville, California: Chris Martin (left) and Craig Sterry, of our software engineering team, handing out coffee and Pandora swag to Pandora and iPhone enthusiasts.
Chicago Apple Store, having been in line since 3pm yesterday afternoon!
This is a really exciting day for us — after many months of effort we’re finally able to deliver what may be the best form of Pandora yet… Pandora for the iPhone.
Our iPhone application gives you the full Pandora experience — create and listen to up to 100 stations, rate songs, bookmark, even buy tracks from the iTunes store right on the phone. The application works over EDGE, 3G, and WiFi, is integrated with your Pandora.com account, and best of all it’s completely free.
So hop on over to the iPhone App Store, download the Pandora app, unplug, and take Pandora with you everywhere you go — in the car, on a run, in the park. Everywhere.
You can find screenshots, a video demo, and a link to get started here: http://pandora.com/on-the-iphone.
Update: : We’ve been getting all kinds of inquiries about our plans to support a huge variety of other phones: Blackberries, Windows Mobile, Symbian / S60, Instinct, Sidekick. As you may know, we’ve been working on our mobile offering for about 18 months and in that time we’ve brought Pandora to almost 50 different phones. It pains us to not have been able to get a version out for every handset and every operating system yet, but rest assured that we are committed to bringing the Pandora experience to an ever broadening range of phones. Thanks for your patience as we do our best to prioritize and get Pandora running across the entire mobile ecosystem.
Calling all artists, designers, and art lovers! I’m very pleased to announce the second annual Pandora Poster Contest.
Last summer we tried an experiment. We asked you, our talented listeners, to design a poster about Pandora. The response was so overwhelming that we ended up choosing three outstanding winners. Those three posters were printed in limited editions, and given as gifts to donors to our GlobalGiving philanthropy projects.
Last year’s experiment was such a huge success, that now we’re ready to do it again.
The task is the same: create a poster about Pandora. The rest is up to your imagination. Feel free to explore themes of music, technology, philanthropy, music education, or whatever moves your muse. One thing we ask is that you don’t redesign our logo. In addition to sharing your creative imagination, you will be helping us to support youth music education around the world.
We plan to announce three winners again this year: Grand Prize, Runner Up, and Editor’s Choice. The Grand Prize winner will receive $500, the Runner Up will receive $250, and the Editor’s Choice winner will receive $500. All three will also include some great publicity on our blog.
We’re eager to see where your creativity takes us this year!
Enter a poster now!
Enter or vote now
Last year’s winners
Chuck Treece is a true renaissance man. You may be familiar with his lengthy career as a pro skateboarder, but what drew us to him was his musical work. He’s played drums with Bad Brains, bass with Billy Joel, guitar with the Roots, and has sung for 25 years with the band McRad. His varied credits also include recording sessions with Tommy Guerrero, Underdog, King Britt, David Garza and G. Love and Special Sauce. This remarkably humble guy told us about his musical philosophies, and it made for a great conversation. From the great city of Philly… ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Chuck Treece.
Happy Independence Day,
When a stranger asks what the words “Conshohocken, Pennsylvania,” mean to you, you’d be forgiven for not having a snappy response right out of the gate. For us, the notoriety of this town just west of Philadelphia rests on its distinctive role in recorded music. Conshohocken is home to Studio Four and the great Phil Nicolo, our guest in today’s video. This Grammy-winning producer, engineer and mixer has worked with legions of legends, including Aerosmith, Billy Joel, Joan Osborne, Urge Overkill, Dave Grohl, Yoko Ono, Kris Kross, the Hooters and… wait for it… Mr. Zimmerman himself, Bob Dylan.
And if you would like to exchange Twitter tweets, “Pandora Presents…” is on there (as ‘pandora_kevin’) and friendly. Generally friendly, at least.
Well, we finally got our concert series off the ground, and what a start! Matt Nathanson came by and played an amazing acoustic set, including tracks from his latest album. Matt holds a special place in our hearts – one of the most spun artists on Pandora with over 11 million spins. We’re all psyched to see all the great things happening for his career. Lord knows he deserves it after all these years.
It was great to have a bunch of folks in from the City of Oakland, Redevelopment/Economic Development office, Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Dellums staff, Steve Daubenspeck from Lockwood Elementary, and many other friends from the local community.
Matt kept everyone entertained with his music and humor. Check out the pictures from the event. This is the first in what we hope will be an enduring tradition at Pandora. Matt, thanks for kicking it off on the right note for us!