Pandora Radio Review

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Pandora Radio is an Internet service for listening to music online and caching it on your device. With it you can discover new music you will probably like, arrange your playlists, explore new genres, listen to the music when offline, and share favorite tracks. Just download Pandora for iOS or Android, and may the music be with you!

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Functionality 5/5

When you register on Pandora, you are asked to name your favorite bands, musicians, or composers. According to this, the app generates your playlists. It follows the preferences of other users sharing your tastes, so chances are you will like what they like as well. With it you can also search for certain songs, cache tracks to listen to them offline, and save tracks, though it depends on subscription.

Design 5/5

It features just a list of stations on the white background, though in recent updates Pandora introduced dark mode, following innovations on iOS and Android. It’s enough to tap on a station to see its menu, including playback controls. The app displays the navigation bar and the cover of the release on air right now. As for volume, you’ll have to use system controls. And, yes, the most beautiful about Pandora is its ability to play music with the screen off.

Usability 5/5

Pandora delivers you music from its enormous library, having probably all the popular tracks of the latest decades and tons of rare recordings. You just need to tell the radio what you like, and it will select similar tracks. There are also curated playlists and stations for various styles and genres. Just enter what you like in the search field or speak a voice command.

There are various modes even within playlists. For example, you can select the most popular or, on the contrary, the rarest tracks, the newest releases or the oldest, and so on. The way you listen to the music is personalized the same way the repertoire is. If you spend your whole day listening to music, you can benefit from its auto-sleep and alarm clock features.

It’s a very social app. You can make your profile public, so others may see what you’re listening to and comment on it. Follow other users and get followed to share your tastes. There is also Facebook integration, for you to share tracks you like easier.

Cross-Platform Use 5/5

There are apps for Android and iOS, with rather low system requirements. You can also have its app on TV consoles, or desktop platforms like Windows and OS X (though the latter require at least Pandora Plus subscription). Otherwise, you can use its web interface that works correctly in the background. It’s also compatible with smart speakers like Amazon Echo or Google Home via voice commands (but Apple HomePod will require iPhone or another Apple device).

In-App Purchases

Though basically Pandora offers ad-supported radio for free, there are two plans for those wishing for more. The Plus plan ($4.99/mo) cuts ads and lets you cache four of them for offline listening, plus enjoy personalized stations. Premium ($9.99/mo) also lets you search for particular songs, as well as make your personalized playlists. You can try any of these plans for free: Plus for 30 days, Premium for 60 days. Along with that, there are discounted Family, Student and Military plans, with their bonuses.

The Bottom Line

Pandora delivers you great music experience for reasonable prices or even for free at all (with ads). With decent sound quality, largest library, and personalized experience, it lets you listen to just what you like. Now its share in music streaming in the USA is about 70% (against Spotify, Google Play, Apple Music and other powerful rivals). It’s unavailable in most other countries, alas.



If you happen to live in the USA, why not download Pandora and have all the music you like for free or for affordable price?

Pros : Personalized stations with ginormous music library;
Works well on 3G;
Compatible with phones, laptops, desktops, consoles, and smart speakers;
Free and advanced paid plans;
Social features.

Cons : Not available outside the USA;
Custom playlists only on the Premium account.

Functionality 5

Design 5

Usability 5

Cross-platform use 5

Average : 5.0


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