Pandora 1.0.3 Released - WiFi Now Officially Supported

By Bla1ze on 1 May 2009 08:56 am
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Pandora On BlackBerry!

Pandora got a little update recently, while only really minor in version number changes going from 1.0.2 to 1.0.3 the changes implemented are rather larger and more then welcomed especially for those who have had issues with WiFi and Pandora, as it was previously not officially supported. Change log is as follows:

  • Support for Wi-Fi on devices that have it (using a high quality AAC-HE stereo audio stream)
  • Bluetooth support (you can now explicitly enable it and disable it rather than relying on the default audio routing in the device)
  • Options screen (accessible from Station List menu) to select preferences for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (on wi-fi capable devices)
  • Support for the Nextel 8350i (only over Wi-Fi)
  • Keyboard shortcuts, including pause/play functionality using the mute key (even when Pandora is running in the background)
  • Focus cursor on Now Playing screen should be easier to control on trackball devices

Overall nice changes to see come forward. Now Pandora can we get working on your licensing model so that Canadian BlackBerry users can reap the benefits, pretty please with a CrackBerry on top!

Topics: BlackBerry Apps

46 comments

blumeth

I just downloaded Pandora for the first time and it is amazing. what a great app for radio. I love it.

SouthernSaltine

Why show the STORM when it doesnt have Wi-Fi? It should have had it but BLAAA!!

dtubbs06

I was thinking the same thing... Why show the Storm to announce a WiFi enabled version

joski

I'm in Canada and 1.0.2 downloaded and plays perfectly. I subscribe to XM radio but now when I'm in my car I'm always listening to Pandora. This post makes reference to Canadian licensing which I've only seen an issue with on a PC.

charlespowell

what do the canadians use for streaming radio on their storm? Flycast?

joski

I use Pandora and only Pandora myself.

bash78

mine says "could not connect to pandora. please ensure you have sufficient network coverage and try again" but have UMA at full bar!

MarcPandora

Please email pandora-support@pandora.com for any issues you have connecting, and they will be more than happy to walk you through steps to troubleshoot and (hopefully!) fix the problem.

Thanks!

Marc @ Pandora

kidaquarius

same thing happened to me. i went into the application permissions and set media access to allow and it worked fine afterwards.

blaisedinsd

Looked for the update in App World and looked to still be on the old version.

Grabbed it direct from Pandora's website.

On the storm the only addition seems to be the options in the menu and the only option is to enable/disable bluetooth support.

The pause with the mute works great and is an awesome addition. A hard key skip and rating functionality would complete Pandora's greatness. (Slacker like station caching I think would only happen when I am dead if I go to paradise)

MarcPandora

We've submitted 1.0.3 to App World but it can take a day or so for it to be reviewed and approved.

The "Wi-Fi" option in the options screen will only be visible for Wi-Fi capable devices, which the Storm is not. :)

As for keyboard shortcuts for skipping, thumbs, etc. they are in there but only for BlackBerries with hard keyboards. Unfortunately the number of hard keys on the Storm is a bit limited!

By the way, the keyboard shortcuts are as follows:

SPACE or mute key - Play/Pause (mute key works while Pandora is backgrounded, too)
S - Skip
U - Thumb up
D - Thumb down
L - Station list
C - Close ad
M - More info for ad

As for caching - unfortunately our music licensing model only allows for direct streaming to the device as the music is being listened to. We aren't allowed to pre-cache or store music to physical media. The upside of course is that the playlist really is dynamic - as you give thumb up or thumb down feedback, the playlist will change on the fly.

Marc @ Pandora

PearlRocks123

I have 1.0.3 on my phone and there are no options for Bluetooth on the menu. How do you get to it? I did turn on the bluetooth in my car and when my phone connected, it did start playing over my radio, but the song sounded like a chipmunk singing, then when the song was done, it went back to playing over the phone and not the bluetooth. Am I missing something here?

MarcPandora

You need to go into the menu on the "Station List" screen to see the "Options" item. We didn't want to clutter up the menu on the "Now Playing" screen with an item that isn't used that often.

jhilker

I had the same problem with my Bluetooth headset. Still doesn't seem to fix it - will keep using Slacker.

gage006

God damn I love this app. The only remaining wish I had was the ability to add more artist seeds to a station on the phone. Sucks I have to go to the website to do it since I almost never use Pandora on my pc.

MooseMufin

Great changes to an already great app, but are there any plans to work on the sound quality for the streams over 3G?

mcguirej#CB

I love the Pandora app and am pleased with the updated version. Wondering if there is anyway to turn down the lowest volume setting. The lowest volume is just a bit too loud for me.

bighap

Unfortunately Pandora and Slacker both suffer the same problem. I like to put my Storm in the cradle and stream music as I go to sleep. Both program's lowest volume setting don't get low enough if you ask me.

ch0ronzon

Unfortunately I can't as it doesn't work in the UK. Any news on when it will?

Gun_Slinger

I pretty much use Pandora all the time now. I wish it had comedians, but I understand it is a music project. So I pretty much use:

Pandora for specific mood music.
Slacker for comey and general genre music.
iheartradio for sports radio (the only local station I listen to doesn't come in)

sperho

Highly desirable, near-future feature request:

Caching please!

Cervelo Rider

Pandora should take the Storm off their site since it does not support it.

MarcPandora

Actually, we do support Storm. Are you having problems?

Marc @ Pandora

joshuastree

How come the songs repeat whenever I receive a call on my Storm?

MarcPandora

This appears to be a problem that occurs only on the Storm devices (and even then, it doesn't seem to happen for everybody). We're working with RIM to find the cause and hopefully a workaround.

yogi

It doesn't work in Canada.

SENDN00DZ

I love this app :)
I had it on my itouch and hated that it was so limited to wifi.
lol it's kinda sad how I didn't know this app was out until now

Legionjfnofnwojrnfw

Another great thing thats completely useless unless you live in the colonies.

I am starting to realy hate RIM and my blackberry.

Please behold both my middle fingers, ignorant americans!

Jackal

check me if im wrong... but the storm doesnt have wifi...

MarcPandora

That's correct, but Pandora still works over your regular mobile connection using your data plan. The big change in 1.0.3 is that we now support Wi-Fi in addition to the standard mobile connection. By default it will now try to use Wi-Fi if available, otherwise it falls back onto using the mobile connection.

Prior to 1.0.3, it was mobile-only.

civickrazy78

but isnt it kind of ironic that the main pic for this article is the storm which doesnt offer wi-fi at all

mbacon1906

Can someone point me to where you download this app on Pandora's website. I have .2 version on my 8900, but I want to upgrade and can't find a link that will allow me to do so.

Thanks.

MarcPandora

Just point your BlackBerry browser to http://www.pandora.com and it will show you a download link. Click on that and it will ask you if you'd like to replace your old version with the new one.

don_poky

Reply from Pandora Support when I had some issue.

Hi,

Thanks for writing. You do need a data plan in order to get Pandora set up for the first time, even if you plan on just using it over Wi-Fi only. We hope to have a fix for this for a future release. Very sorry for the inconvenience.

Best,
Mike @ Pandora

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JoelTruckerDude

Went to Pandora.com with my storm to dl as I don't subscribe to text msging, and I tried with the RIM browser and got nothing but a page with Pandora at the top left and your typical page links across the bottom, but nothing for the download. Tried with Opera Mini too. It said I was in Norway, yet I'm in the U.S.. Anybody shed some light on this???

mbacon1906

thanks, I see it is up there now!!! Great application

AsosaYoung

Went to http://www.pandora.com and got nothing but a page with Pandora at the top left and your typical page links across the bottom, but nothing for the download me too.
Even had the link SMS to me still no DL link just the same page as I stated up top.

MarcPandora

You may need to change your BlackBerry Browser to run in "BlackBerry" emulation mode. From your web browser select MENU -> Options -> Browser Configuration -> Emulation Mode and make sure it's set to "BlackBerry"

TC2

I ran into a strange problem...follow me here.

When I have bluetooth enabled and a BT stereo earpiece connected to my phone(BB Curve 8330 Verizon wireless)I can switch freely between my wired headset and my wireless BT.

Problem is that when I switch one over the music and lyrics speed up to about 2x normal. if I skip to the next song its fine from then on.

Really weird bug????

MarcPandora

Possibly. We've had reports of audio issues with some BT headset/phone combinations. The 8330 in particular seems like a popular model for these issues. We're currently in the process of getting more information from RIM to see if there is anything we can do to correct this.

love2run

I have Pandora for the Storm. After playing 1 song it just stops? I have to manually advance to the next selection. Anyone else experiencing this?

love2run

I have Pandora for the Storm. After playing 1 song it just stops? I have to manually advance to the next selection. Anyone else experiencing this?

murl3y

Can't wait to get my hands on this!

billshk

I also have a problem on the storm where it plays a song then stops and does not advance. I believe it firs worked ok but after a few songs it always stopped after each song. Tried rebooting phone etc to no avail.

CrackBB1

Pandora version 1.1.3.2 works just fine with BB8900, but I have had nothing but problems and issues with the same ver 1.1.3.2 getting it to function right and connect properly on BB9700. Can someone look into this please as I depend on Pandora. Great App by the way. Wouldn't listen to anything else other Pandora.

Thank you

CrackBB1

Pandora version 1.1.3.2 works just fine with BB8900, but I have had nothing but problems and issues with the same Ver 1.1.3.2 getting it to function right and connect properly on BB9700. Can someone look into this please as I depend on Pandora. Great App by the way. Wouldn't listen to anything else other Pandora.

Thank you