Pandora's iOS app now has higher suggestions and a redesign
Pandora’s iOS app is getting a a lot-wanted facelift in addition to a reasonably main new function at the moment. The music streaming service has a brand new solution to discover tunes referred to as Browse, which principally takes all your listening historical past and songs you give a thumbs-as much as and presents you with extra radio station ideas the corporate thinks you will take pleasure in. It is just about a desk stakes function for a music streaming service at this level — principally each Pandora competitor seems at your listening habits and presents up playlists, stations, albums and extra to maintain the music enjoying when you’re feeling indecisive.
Pandora’s added a sensible choice in its implementation. You will get a preview of what particular songs the station will play earlier than you begin it up, so you will get a good suggestion if it’s going to meet your musical expectations earlier than committing. When you discover a station you want, it can save you it to your library for straightforward entry going ahead. The core Pandora expertise hasn’t modified, as you’ll be able to’t pull up particular songs or albums on demand nonetheless (that’ll doubtless occur later this yr because of the firm’s Rdio buy).
From a design standpoint, Pandora’s felt awfully stagnant, however that is modified a bit too. Truthfully, my first response to the screenshots the corporate shared was that it is an terrible lot like — you guessed it– Rdio. Stations are specified by a grid with giant album paintings accompanying them, a lot of the navigation is hidden in a left-aspect menu and there is a new “mini participant” slice alongside the underside of the display so you possibly can maintain navigating by means of the app and nonetheless see what you are listening to.
All in all, it is a strong replace to an app that was beginning to really feel a bit outdated. Pandora had restricted really helpful stations, however this new Browse function is an entire and far more complete overhaul. The brand new design is equally wanted — it isn’t a radical change, however it seems to be prefer it’ll be a particular enchancment over the previous model. We’ll want to attend till later this yr to see a real subsequent-era Pandora roll out, however followers of the present service ought to be proud of right now’s launch. The replace is stay right now for iOS and will come to Android quickly.