Pandora debuts overhauled Mac app with notifications, keyboard shortcuts & Modes

in Mac Software
Pandora on Monday released a redesigned 2.0 Mac app for its radio streams and on-demand music, taking advantage of newer tech including station Modes.

Pandora 2.0 for Mac

New keyboard shortcuts let listeners control not just playback, but upvoting and downvoting so the app can be kept in the background, Pandora said. Along those lines, art-enhanced notifications will pop up to identify songs as they switch.

Modes let users tweak stations beyond just voting. "Crowd Faves," for example, concentrates on the most upvoted tracks, while "Discovery" brings new artists into the mix. Diehards can choose options like "Deep Cuts," "Newly-Released," or "Artist Only."

Pandora's previous Mac client, Pandora One, was dropped in the move to discontinue the software's namesake plan. Since then the company has concentrated on its mobile and Web apps.

In fact the Mac redesign is premiering before a new Windows client, which still has no release date.

Pandora 2.0 is free to use and only requires macOS 10.10. A $4.99 monthly Plus plan removes ads and skip limits, while opening up podcasts and the ability to cache four stations offline. A $9.99 Premium plan is required for on-demand music, creating playlists, and unlimited offline listening. Family, student, and military discounts are available.


  • Reply 1 of 4
    coolfactorcoolfactor Posts: 1,796member
    Yup, just a web wrapper, rather than pure native goodness. But I guess it does the job, and is the cheapest way to roll out a "native" application. Definitely better than in-browser.
  • Reply 2 of 4
    Very excited to see this. The old AIR-based PandoraOne was getting very long in the tooth. 
  • Reply 3 of 4
    chasmchasm Posts: 2,340member
    Glad there is a Mac client for the few left still using this, but they never expanded (despite well over a decade of promising to do so) and offer far too little, far too late compared to Apple Music and Spotify. Paying to listen to free podcasts? They must be bonkers.
  • Reply 4 of 4
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 11,154member
    Gruber says it’s an Electron cross-platform app, and that it sucks. 
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