Pandora
Pandora 2.0.8
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With the Pandora Desktop Application, you can play your Pandora stations right from your desktop.
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Version 2.0.8: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
  • Intel/PPC
  • OS X 10.4 or later
  • Adobe AIR
  • PandoraOne account



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ver. 2.x:
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Donmontalvo reviewed on 13 Jul 2013
Wow, I was excited when I heard Pandora made an app for OS X.

AIR?!?!!

Sorry, not interested.

1/2 star

Don
[Version 2.0.8]


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Mikeevangelist reviewed on 13 May 2013
Adobe AIR...no thanks.
[Version 2.0.8]

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Aeschylus replied on 13 May 2013
I agree. I love fresh air, clean air. spring air. Not Adobe Air.I need to keep my Mac clean and reduce the risk of malware and slowdowns.
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Rdmp100 commented on 02 Feb 2013
It says here it's free but actually it's not free. You must upgrade to Pandora One to use the Pandora desktop application.
[Version 2.0.6]


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Chas_m commented on 08 Nov 2012
Two things:

1. Over five years after putting up a note saying "we're working hard to bring Pandora to [Canada]," no results or any change in the statement. I don't call that "working hard," I call that lying. Luckily I can work around it.

2. Requires Adobe Air? Yeah, no thanks. I'll stick with PandoraMan.
[Version 2.0.6]

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Lnr1 replied on 08 Nov 2012
After years of saying that about NZ... It's now available in NZ!! They can only work as hard as the record labels...
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Chas_m replied on 05 Feb 2013
I'm very pleased about NZ and hope that it leads to other things ... Canada has a great music scene that could benefit from this service but we do okay with other things (like our CBC3 radio/internet service that is all Canadian indie music ...). I'll try to be optimistic but I think they should rephrase that line (esp. after five years+) to either put the blame on evil record companies or admit they're not "working hard" but instead think our market is too small for them.
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Tomjwright reviewed on 08 Nov 2012
I stopped using this app when I discovered it was preventing my iMac from sleeping, even after the app was closed! The only way I could get the computer to sleep according to the settings in System Preferences - Energy Saver was to restart the computer. I suspect the culprit is actually Adobe AIR.
[Version 2.0.6]


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Aeschylus reviewed on 08 Nov 2012
After I downloaded this app, I noticed it was an Adobe Air app. I should have read Cowicide's comment. I've deleted this app and now I'm deleting it form my phone and iPad too. Jeez, how can a developer claim to be responsive to Mac users and expect us to install more Adobe software when most of us are trying to eliminate the use of Flash.
[Version 2.0.6]


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Cowicide commented on 31 Oct 2012
REQUIRES Adobe AIR? Thrown in trash and deleted.
[Version 2.0.5]


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BBJamman reviewed on 10 Oct 2012
works great!!
[Version 2.0.5]


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+1

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Negritude commented on 06 Oct 2011
Just got this note in an email from Pandora mentioning their redesigned web site:

"We've removed the listening limit for Pandora. You can now listen to Pandora as much as you'd like for free."
[Version 2.0.5]


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Libertyforall1776 commented on 10 Sep 2011
Had potential, but unlike the iOS app, this app ONLY works if you pay first -- deleted!
[Version 2.0.5]


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Aweisinger had trouble on 24 Jan 2010
There is nothing wrong with this widget. As far as I am concerned, it's the only bit of software available for Mac that actually utilizes Pandora with simplicity and doesn't bog the system down. Creating a Safari webclip is akin to running it right through an open Safari session. The Activity Monitor will quickly let you know how much of a resource hog that will become. It IS noticeable if you use resource intensive applications while listening to the webclip.

So again, this widget is perfect. So what that you have to update it each time Pandora updates it's code. Write your own widget app and then post it up here :)

For any of you who are confused at how to keep this properly updated, here is what I do each time it needs updating:

1) First install the widget. The default path is /Users/Your Username/Library/Widgets/Pandora.wdgt

2) This download is fairly old, so of course you must update it first. Right-click the widget and select "Show Package Contents".

3) In the new Finder window, find the Pandora.html file, and open it with your favorite text/ coding editor. I use Coda.
4) This file hardly has any data in it so it's easy to find what you are looking for. Just look for the line that has this info in it: https://www.pandora.com:443/radio/tuner. My complete entry right now is
"0;https://www.pandora.com:443/radio/tuner_8_9_0_0_pandora.swf".

5) Now open up Safari, log into Pandora, and then click ⌥⌘U to view source. Locate that bit of info from the html file (https://www.pandora.com:443/radio/tuner) and you'll be able to see the current entry. As of Jan. 24th 2010, the entry is "https://www.pandora.com:443/radio/tuner_9_0_0_0_pandora.swf"

6) Now just replace the entry you have retrieved from the Pandora source into the Pandora.html file- make sure to place it exactly where the old info is- and save the file. ((A special note. In front of my current "https", I have a "0;". If you do not keep that before the current entry off Pandora's site, then the widget will break. I have no idea why, but that's the only way I got it to work. So, right now it reads: "0;https://www.pandora.com:443/radio/tuner_9_0_0_0_pandora.swf"))

7) Now open up Dashboard again and viola :) You Have a Pandora widget that uses next-to-nothing in system resources, stays out of the way while you work, and IMO looks cleaner than a Safari webclip.

This may seem daunting at first to people who are not used to working inside package contents, but the next time you do it, it should take a whole "minute" to do. If you are afraid of losing one minute of productivity, then I think you have bigger fish to fry than this little app. :p
[Version 1.0.6]

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Aweisinger replied on 24 Jan 2010
Just realized that MacUpdate won't let me insert Apple tech symbols into my comments. The keyboard shortcut I was trying to list was Option+Command+U. I just thought I could be cool and put those modifier keys in graphically :(
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Verity commented on 13 Apr 2010
Thanks for the info on how to make this work. I just tried it out (downloaded from Softpedia, as the direct link is no longer maintained).

My Dashboard CPU usage is ~10% with this enabled, and as long as it doesn't jump higher, it should be fine. I prefer this way to the safari webclip, the only thing I would add is to increase the height of the window in the Info.plist from original 250 pixels to 315-320 to have the bottom fully visible. Unless there's a better way to focus better on just the share/pause/forward line of buttons and the music player.
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Verity commented on 19 Apr 2010
By the way, now the Pandora.html would have to be edited to a different line:

https://www.pandora.com:443/radio/tuner_9_1_0_0_pandora.swf
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Scout Sniff had trouble on 06 Apr 2009
Pandora Widget runs out of buffer when I close my dashboard; after a few seconds the music stops. Is there a way to permit the Pandora widget to continue to run uninterrupted while the dashboard is closed?
[Version 1.0.6]


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Ben Jammin™ had trouble on 03 Mar 2006
Nice concept; I really wish it would work though. For both myself and a friend, the interface freezes up and won't respond to any mouse clicks while the music still plays. This happens after only a short time of it running in the dashboard.
[Version 1.0.1]

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John R Chang (developer) replied on 25 Jul 2006
This is a bug in Mac OS X v10.4 (affecting embedded Flash plug-ins in Dashboard widgets), not with the Pandora widget. There is nothing that can be done until Apple fixes the problem.

blackfirecrano rated on 30 Dec 2013

[Version 2.0.8]



foxhole99 rated on 30 Jul 2013

[Version 2.0.8]



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Kernelg rated on 13 May 2013

[Version 2.0.8]



TurtleNC rated on 04 Dec 2012

[Version 2.0.6]



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Macbond rated on 09 Nov 2012

[Version 2.0.6]



macrex18 rated on 13 Mar 2012

[Version 2.0.5]


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Type:Home Personal : Music
License:Free
Date:13 May 2013
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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