In short: Pandora listeners would like to know that they will soon be able to ditch the Flash-based browser of a native desktop app. Pandora has finally decided to release an app for desktop users. The Mac version is already available. Windows users have to wait a while longer.
On Monday, the streaming service announced that it already has a Mac version of the player ready for download. A Windows app is "coming soon."
In addition to lyrical support and station recommendations, the app features a few features that the Flash player does not have including keyboard controls, on-screen song alerts, and Pandora's new Modes feature controls.
Pandora Modes rolled out in March last year. This premium feature adds selectable radio station modes to customize the listening experience. Modes that can be used on drives include Crowd Faves, Discovery, Deep Cuts and Arts Only.
Pandora's app is more or less identical to the browser. Currently playing and recommended drives are shown to the left of the interface and ads are to the right. Album art and track information are displayed in front and center with text and other information below. Player controls are at the bottom of searches, and My collection works up.
Pandora was recently purchased by SiriusXM. The app is part of a greater pressure to maintain the service's 75 million listeners in what has become a market of high competitiveness. For this purpose, it has also begun to offer discounts to students and military members.
Mac users with MacOS 10.10 or later can get the app from Pandora's download site. The company did not have an estimated ETA for the Windows version, suggesting that those interested are watching the blog for more information.