September 9, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
Music-streaming/recommendation service Pandora has released its Android client into the U.S. Android Market. Highly-popular on the iPhone and Palm Pre, the Android version of Pandora is now available to stream Internet radio with music tailor-made for your preferences.
Pandora is a music recommendation site that plays music based on your defined tastes. Users create radio stations centered on their favorite artists and Pandora responds by playing that person/group’s songs and similar artists. Tell the app that The Beatles make your favorite music and you’ll hear songs like “And I Love Her,” a live album from Paul McCartney and Don McLean’s “American Pie.”
The app performs better on Wi-Fi but is also capable of streaming on a data connection. There are two audio modes: High with better sound quality but more chance of skips/hesitations, and Normal with slightly inferior quality but a more stable connection. Pandora offers:
- Creation of multiple radio stations
- The ability to purchase songs they like from Amazon
- Like/Dislike songs to improve playback results related to your tastes
- Bookmark songs or artists
A Pandora.com membership is required to use this app (register online or within the app). Search the market for Pandora and it should appear. At the time this article is published, Pandora is visible in only the U.S. market. The official Pandora Android website lists only T-Mobile USA and Sprint devices as compatible devices.