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Pandora’s 2017 Guide to Holiday Gifting

It’s that time of year again– Holiday gift giving season is right around the corner, and we’ve got all of the latest innovations all in one place. From tablets and gaming, to smart speakers and on-the-go gadgets, Pandora powers the most personalized music experience for the most cutting-edge consumer electronic devices. Whether tuning in via Pandora, Plus, or Premium, we have the perfect gift for everyone on your “Nice” list.

Xbox One X: For the gamer

The world’s most powerful console has everything for today’s ultimate gamer. 6 teraflops of graphical processing power and a 4K Blu-ray player provide immersive gaming and entertainment. Stream the perfect soundtrack to get in the zone for your next gaming session.  

Pro tip: Are you a Pandora noob? Get started with our 13 stations curated specifically for gaming.

Hot stations: Ultimate Gaming, Trap Rap, The Turn Up

Learn more here.

Amazon Echo: For the chef

The perfect gift for the culinary guru who needs a hands-free, lean-back listening experience with voice controlled station selection while whipping up a Top Chef-worthy creation.

Pro tip: Set Pandora as the default music service for easy access to your favorite stations. Simply open the Alexa companion app and select “Settings.” Choose “Music and Media” and tap on “Choose Default Music Service” button. Select “Pandora” as the “Default station service.” Tune stations with your thumbs. Ask “Alexa, Thumb up this song,” or “Alexa, Thumb down this song.”

Hot stations: French Cooking Music, Dinner Downtempo, Classical Dinner Party

Learn more here.

Google Home Mini: For the college kid

The ultimate essential for the student who wants their own voice-activated in-house DJ to set the mood whether they’re hanging out with friends or pulling all-nighters.

Pro tip: Set Pandora as the default music service. Simply open the Google Home app and tap the “Menu” icon. Choose “Music” and tap on the radio button next to Pandora. Not connected to your Pandora account? Tap link and follow the login or sign up flows. Want to hear your favorites? Say “Ok Google, play my Thumbprint Radio” to enjoy songs you’ve thumbed up.

Hot stations: Hipster Holidays, Hangover Helper, Electronic for Studying, New Pop

Learn more here.

Fitbit Ionic: For the fitness guru

Whether their jam is running, swimming, yoga, or biking, they can sync their top stations to the new Fitbit Ionic smartwatch for a seamless soundtrack to their workout.

Pro tip: Power through your toughest workouts with the Fitbit Motivation Mixtape. Once your Pandora account is linked to your Fitbit app, tap on the “Media” icon, select Pandora, and select “Let me choose from popular Workout stations on Pandora” to sync any of our fitness focused stations. Choose the Fitbit Motivation Mixtape along with 2 other workout stations and sync your watch.

Hot stations: Fitbit Motivation Mixtape, Rap Strength Training, Running, Yoga

Learn more here.

Roku: For the TV addict

If they’re into bingeing favorite TV shows, movies, or newly released music, give the gift of endless entertainment with a new Roku player or Roku TV. This holiday season there’s a Roku device for everyone on your list.

Pro tip: Bored with your current living room soundtrack? Find fresh new music to match your mood. The RCA Roku TV comes with a Pandora shortcut button on the remote. With the touch of a button, you can easily open the Pandora app and select Browse from the top menu.

Hot stations: Film Scores, Movie Soundtracks, Broadway Showtunes, Today’s Christmas

Learn more here.

Windows Surface Tablet: For the on-the-go adventurer

The ultralight device was designed for the modern nomad to create, study, work, play, and listen to their music virtually anywhere.

Pro tip: Love that new song? With a Pandora Plus subscription, replay it again and again.

Hot stations: Road Trippin’, Poolside: Miami Chill, New Indie

Learn more here.

Amazon Fire Tablet: For the chic geek

Available in a variety of fun colors with a just-right size, the Amazon Fire 7 tablet with Alexa is great for the stylish techie who wants music, movies, books, and shopping available wherever the day takes them.

Pro tip: Don’t leave your playlist unfinished. Tap “Add Similar Songs” button and Pandora will complete it with recommended songs. Looking for new music? Tap Browse to find over 250 Featured Playlists curated by Pandora.

Hot playlists: Modern Yacht Rock, Pumpkin Spice Latte, Produced by: Kanye

Learn more here.

Sonos One: For the stylish entertainer  

For the host or hostess with the mostess in your life, entertaining has never been easier —use the Pandora app to find your favorite music and send it directly to any Sonos speaker in your home, manage your groups, and control volume. You can enjoy your music, your way — directly from the Pandora app, through the Sonos app, or with your voice by asking Alexa—all work together seamlessly.

Pro tip: Add Amazon Alexa to Sonos One and connect your Pandora account. Then ask Alexa to play your favorite stations, skip, or  turn up the volume.

Hot playlists: Hipster Brunch, Tight Pants Dance Party, It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere

Learn more here.