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Pandora HTML5 web app goes live

updated 11:30 am EDT, Wed September 21, 2011

New HTML5 sitte removes 40-hour listening cap

Pandora Wednesday publicly launched a totally revamped website. The New Pandora site uses HTML5 rather than Flash and is said to be more responsive, easier to use, and comes with improved social integration. The team also previewed the site over the last two months to listeners for feedback and bug fixes. Perhaps most importantly for some, Pandora removed the 40-hour listening cap for free users, and it's now unlimited.

Other than the look and under-the-hood design, users also get new auto-complete choices and personalized suggestions for adding new stations. Listener profiles have been changed, and a new music feed shows all friend activity. Stations can be shared easier thanks either to the share button or their own web link.

A shuffle button now exists for discovering new stations and boosting variety. There is also more access to artist information, find lyrics, and read biographies, as well as an expanded album art size.

The new site is rolling out gradually, and the process will be completed this week. Its HTML5 support should let it work on iPads, Android 3 tablets, and other devices that can handle HTML5 audio.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Good

    Good. The less FLASH on the net, the better for us all.

  1. A4gy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    their payment page isn't using any security

    be careful: currently their payment page is completely unencrypted

  1. facebook_Collin

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Sep 2011

    +2

    Wow...

    My processors are not pegged out just running Pandora anymore. 10% vs upwards of 50% for the old Flash version.

  1. chas_m

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    STILL not available outside U.S.

    Thanks for treating non-Americans as second-class citizens, Westergren! It's only been, what, three or four YEARS since you put up that note claiming "we are working diligently" to bring Pandora to other countries but can't due to (hahaha) "licensing constraints"? Yeah, you sure are working hard on this. Funny how last.fm, MOG, Stitcher, Soma, etc etc etc mysteriously don't have this issue.

    Yeah, we can get around this with U.S. proxies -- buy WHY is this the ONLY major music service where we have to do that? Oh wait, I know why -- it's because advertisers are more important than the music, that's why.

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