In order to achieve our company purpose of unleashing the infinite power of music, we are continually innovating and iterating. We constantly evolve both our technology and design to provide the best music platform for listeners, advertisers and artists.

Today, I’m very excited to unveil our latest innovation, the beta release of Pandora’s Station Personalization interface on iOS and Android ( The design of this latest update is part of our ongoing dedication to innovate the UX and UI across platforms, and as a result, provide effortless music discovery and listening for more than 75 million listeners each month.

The principles of simplicity and clarity serve as the heart of the evolved design, which features:

New Transitions & Animations

We’ve added a number of subtle new transitions and animations that let us communicate to our listeners in a clear, simple, intuitive way. By flying the visual indication of the station and the station name out from the station list into the Now Playing screen, we’re building the Now Playing screen, building the station, and driving a sense of place into the listening experience.

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The Personalization Icon & Station Details

We’ve introduced the Personalization Icon in the top right of the Now Playing screen. Tapping on the new Personalization Icon will take the listener to a brand new Station Details screen. This screen allows listeners yet another way to look at their station history and view the number of thumbs up and thumbs down for that station. Listeners can also rename the station, add variety to the listening experience of that station and see what artist or songs the station was created from.


Evolving Thumbs

Listener feedback, through thumbing, is integral to personalization on Pandora so we’ve increased the visual recognition around thumbing songs. We’ve paired this with effortless access to core station functionality: view station history, swipe back to view what’s played on the station, adjust a thumb and get artist details. Accidentally thumb down a song? Just swipe back to view that song and change your thumb down to a thumb up. Want to dig into information about the song you’re listening to? Simply tap the song/artist name or swipe up to reveal song details.


We’re excited about this latest refresh to the Pandora experience, and look forward to the continual innovation that will unleash the power of music for listeners, advertisers and artists. We hope these latest updates help our listeners further personalize their stations and discover more music and artists they love. Happy listening!

 By Tony Calzaretta, VP of Creative Services


  1. Angelo Alberico
    December 02, 2014 at 7:09am
    Lets hop you guys FINALLY turn off or at least give us an option to turn off the "Accessory Connected" screen which unless you have a fancy new head unit, provides ZERO functionality to the app in your car. Again, you guys are still the last streaming audio service to still require that even though Apple dropped that requirement a few iOS releases ago.
    1. PandoraSupport
      December 02, 2014 at 8:59am
      Hi Angelo - If you wouldn't mind, could you please direct your feedback to our Listener Advocates? Thanks! -Kim
      1. Jordan
        December 02, 2014 at 10:18am
        Not sure why we need to go through "listener advocates" -- why can't this be an open forum for Pandora Management to also listen to us listeners?
      2. Angelo Alberico
        December 02, 2014 at 10:43am
        Hi Kim, I have, countless times over the past year+ and stock/scripted response is what I get. As a long time pandora(one) subscriber, in fact I subscribed/donated before it gave you ANY benefits as I just liked your service so much. Though, it feels like with time, your service is less user focused and more business/profit focused. On the positive side, there are so many alternatives that work as well if not better so it's not much of a concern anymore. Thanks for taking the time to listen/respond. Cheers
    2. Jordan
      December 02, 2014 at 10:18am
      I agree with this comment as well!
    3. hdivider
      December 04, 2014 at 3:47pm
      Yeah, it's offputting when simple things like that aren't changed quickly... The 'little' things matter, right?
    4. Rich
      August 22, 2015 at 7:48pm
      Angelo, I agree. It's been a long time and still no solution. I think hiding the issue in the Lister Advocates has been proven to not be productive. Making it more visible is the only way to get the Product Manager's attention.
  2. Jordan
    December 02, 2014 at 8:27am
    " provide the best music platform for listeners..." If this is true, please bring back lyrics.
  3. jaynamath
    December 02, 2014 at 10:00am
    So, what the hell does the Android app look like? It'd be nice if you people showed off both versions for once.
  4. Byron C Mayes
    December 02, 2014 at 11:17am
    So how does one become a beta tester? Or is that option closed at this point?
  5. hdivider
    December 04, 2014 at 3:52pm
    I wonder: what's more important for listeners? Great functionality or a great user interface? Why?
  6. Bob
    January 22, 2015 at 3:58pm
    First a comment and then a question. Not a fan of the new interface. "Cleaner" doesn't mean better in this case. How can I view the full song title if it extends beyond the space in the Now Playing pane? All I see is a truncated title with no way of expanding it. Thank you
    1. PandoraSupport
      January 24, 2015 at 6:11pm
      Thanks for the feedback, Bob. Please email our Listener Advocates so they can pass your feedback on to our product team: -Thanks again!-Katie
  7. Sebastian
    January 24, 2015 at 1:00am
    Is there a way to chose specific stations to shuffle or was that taken away because I can't figure out how to do it if anyone knows let me know please
    1. PandoraSupport
      January 24, 2015 at 6:15pm
      Hey Sebastian, sorry for the trouble. Learn how to edit your shuffle list on your iPhone here: -Katie
      1. Samantha
        January 25, 2015 at 9:58pm
        This does not address the question for the new UI that seems to have rolled out yesterday or today. There is no pencil icon anymore and you cannot see what stations are even currently on your shuffle list.
      2. PandoraSupport
        January 26, 2015 at 4:10pm
        Hi Samantha - If you wouldn't mind emailing our support team directly with your feedback, we'd appreciate it: -Kim
  8. Steve Cook
    January 28, 2015 at 1:52pm
    Are you getting closer to getting the missing lyrics fixed? Or am I missing an update?
  9. Jeff
    January 31, 2015 at 4:59am
    Android user here - I think there's good and bad about the new interface. My issue is that I cant find an obvious way to get turn on the sleep timer from the now playing sceeen. I have to go back to the station list then tap Settings to accomplish this.
    1. PandoraSupport
      February 02, 2015 at 3:56pm
      Thanks, Jeff. Would you mind sending this feedback to our support team? We'd love to gather all of your thoughts on the new interface: -Kim
  10. Sham sundar
    October 06, 2015 at 9:28am
    i really like pandora.can not afford to miss it on my new iphone

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