Update: The Beta version of the desktop application described in this blog was pretty much a failed experiment for us. We learned a lot though and just today launched a totally new desktop player that is part of our Pandora One subscription offering. Learn all about Pandora One here: Pandora One, the new destkop app here: Pandora One Desktop and share your comments with us here: Blog Post announcing Pandora One
And for posterity, here’s the original post on the “old style” desktop app:

We’ve always wanted to find a simple way to deliver Pandora as a desktop application — it’s probably been on our to do list longer than any single feature. Today we’re dipping our toe into those waters for the first time with the release of a Beta version of Pandora Desktop.
Truth is, this little guy is pretty simple. It’s just a way to pull Pandora out of a browser window and make it accessible with a single click from the Windows tray or Mac dock. We’ve built in quick access to common Pandora features from the tray/dock menu (pause, change stations, etc). If nothing else it ensures that you’ll never accidentally browse away from Pandora and lose your stream.
One big caveat: it’s important to understand that at Pandora we have big licensing and streaming bills to pay and from the beginning we’ve been working hard to figure out that piece of the puzzle. That means that advertising is an integral part of the Pandora experience and in an effort to keep the advertising as unobtrusive as possible we’ve focused on graphical ads rather than audio ads. The one downside to that is that we need lots of pixels to run the ads, so one thing you’ll find with the desktop app is it’s not some tiny little widget. As nice as that would be, it would make it basically impossible for us to cover our costs with advertising. So, at least for now, the main window of Pandora Desktop (which you can minimize) looks pretty much exactly like the Pandora.com home page.
One little caveat: this is a Beta and we’re asking you to take a look and send us your thoughts and feedback to beta-feedback@pandora.com. We’re interested in everything from bug reports, to feature requests, to commentary about the general utility of the application.
The application is built using Adobe AIR, which should automatically install if you don’t already have it. If you have trouble with that step, there are links for a two-step manual install too.
Known issues: performance of the Mac version is more CPU intesive than we’d like it to be. This seems to be an Adobe AIR issue and we’re working with Adobe to understand what we might be able to do to improve the situation.
To get started, visit this page: http://www.pandora.com/desktop and don’t forget to send us your feedback.


  1. slopestylz
    December 21, 2009 at 11:51am
    I've been using Pandora for a while and have put work into my "favorite" station. Is there a limit on the number of thumbs-up (or down) songs one can have for a particular station? When I look at the list of thumbs up music it is limited to 500 songs, when sorted by date the oldest one is only July of this year, what has happened to the songs which were thumbs-up'ed before then?
  2. Yierba
    December 30, 2009 at 8:48am
    I too am having the web browser open up every time I click on anything on the page. So I end up having pandora desktop and web at the same time. Kinda annoying to keep closing the browser. But I love pandora so I just use the web player instead.
  3. requeth
    January 23, 2010 at 11:06pm
    Just an FYI for all you linux fans. Adobe AIR is available for linux on the Adobe website. Download AIR, download the desktop app from pandora (ignore the windows/MAC only) and you now have the Pandora Desktop client. It's a beautiful, beautiful thing. Feature wish list: Intigration with Media Keys. Have ya'll thought of making this an opensource application? I bet media key support would be done withing a few weeks. I'd take a shot at developing it.
  4. Tim Evans
    May 17, 2010 at 12:26am
    In pandora one: If you vote down a song and switch to a new channel, the album art for the down voted song is the album art for the new song, a bug. --Tim
  5. chad v
    July 07, 2010 at 8:49am
    Would love integration with the media keys on my keyboard - Pause/Play obviously, Fwd for next track and Rwd to open a menu to thumb up/down?
  6. Thjoca3
    September 17, 2010 at 8:13am
    Desktop app now works with 64-bit, if you install IE Flash Player "Square" 64-bit
  7. Ian
    January 04, 2011 at 2:52pm
    I used to run Windows. I Hate Windows due to the unnecessary stupidity in the operations of it. I now run Linux (More specifically Zorin Os Ultimate) And it has all the capabilities as windows, but the Desktop App is not compatible with it. Please put out a version for Linux, Or you risk losing a customer.
  8. chad betty
    March 17, 2011 at 2:19pm
    i love pandora
  9. Nate
    June 23, 2011 at 12:00pm
    Can't we have a desktop app that will give me a full screen experience similar to what you get with Boxee? If you come out with that, then you will have me as a paying customer. A Windows Media Center plugin would be fantastic as well. Take a look at the boxee integration and do something similar for WMC and a native windows/mac full screen app.

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