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Pandora 3.2 delivers new iPhone UI

6 July 2012 2,279 views One Comment

pandora for iPhone finally gets real, with a new ui offering lyrics, artist bios and all sorts of goodness.

Just in time for weekend listening, Pandora has released a major update, version 3.2, of its popular music discovery app for the iPhone. A complete visual makeover is the basis for big changes that bring easier song rating, easy volume adjustment, access to lyrics and more.

Fundamentally, what Pandora has done is bring feature parity with the iPad version. The fun fact here is that it’s one and the same app for both devices. So, of course, iPhone users now get access to lyrics and artist bios, which are very welcome additions.

Another nice boost in Pandora 3.2 is the prominence and accessibility of the thumb up/down buttons. Further, there’s now a “I’m tired of this track” button that not only gets the offending song out of your ear but also keeps it out of rotation during that listening session.

Easier Pandora interaction

On the platform integration front, songs you bookmark in the Pandora web app, or one of the many third-party players, appear in the iPhone version of the app. This feature is also new on the iPad, as well, and a fairly big plus.

Full feature list:
• Visual refresh and design enhancements
• Full lyrics for the songs we play
• Artist biographies
• Detailed track features from the Music Genome Project
• Song history: rate, bookmark, or buy previously played tracks
• Explicit lyrics controls
• Start a new station directly from the Now Playing screen
• Simplified sign-in and registration screens
• Reduced battery usage

To access onscreen volume, tap and slide (image above) the three stripes between the thumbs up and play/pause buttons, a nice feature because the iPhone’s physical volume buttons aren’t always convenient.

If you’re an existing member, Pandora Radio 3.2 is a must-have upgrade. For those that were pissed off with the poor UI and functionality of the old iPhone app, the “new” features and greatly improved layout might be enough to pull the strays back in the fold…

What’s your take?

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