updated 06:09 pm EDT, Mon October 29, 2012
Windows Phone version to get year of ad-free music
Pandora has announced an update to its app for both iOS and Android smartphones. The new update, which brings the app to version 4.0, is hailed by Pandora as the biggest redesign since its launch on the two major platforms. The company also confirmed Microsoft's report from earlier in the day that those using Pandora on Windows Phone 8 would get a year of ad-free service on the streaming radio app.
The update brings a unified interface across both iOS and Android platforms. Pandora has significantly upgraded core features of the app in order to make it easier to navigate and control. The update also has redesigned artist pages, allowing users to explore and learn more about artists, albums, tracks, and stations.
The update also adds a new personal music profile that includes a detailed timeline of Pandora listening for each listener. Listeners can share their profiles or keep them private. The new version of Pandora also brings a new music feed, giving users a centralized place to see what friends are listening to and to discover new music. It also more closely integrates Facebook and Twitter, allowing users to share favorite stations and tracks with friends and followers.
As Microsoft noted in its unveiling of Windows Phone 8, owners of phones on that platform will have access to a year of ad-free music streaming, free of charge. The Pandora app for Windows Phone 8 is expected to arrive early in the first quarter of 2013.
Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy also revealed a few statistics on the service. Pandora has surpassed 175 million registered users, and more than 115 million of those have accessed Pandora from a smartphone. More than one in three smartphone users in the United States are said to have accessed Pandora in the past month.
Pandora 4.0 for iOS smartphones is currently available for download in the App Store. It will be available for Android smartphones in the coming weeks.