Pandora debuts a desktop app for Windows with support for music & podcasts

Pandora currently is launching a desktop app for Windows customers following its debut of a native Mac app earlier this year. On Mac, Pandora provides a assortment of options for desktop customers like on-screen notifications, keyboard controls, and a way to pick listening “modes” and much more. It didn’t, having said that, involve assistance for streaming podcasts. The new Windows app contains a comparable function set, and adds assistance for podcast streaming.

Like its Mac counterpart, Pandora’s Windows app can be made use of by each cost-free customers and paid subscribers alike.

The cost-free customers will have access to Pandora’s ad-supported stations, even though Pandora Plus subscribers get ad-cost-free stations, limitless skips, customized stations, and up to 4 offline stations. Pandora Premium subscribers, meanwhile, get the identical, plus the potential to make and share playlists, play albums and songs on-demand, and take benefit of limitless offline listening.

Each of the paid subscription tiers can also stream podcasts by means of the Windows app.

Also like the Mac app, the Windows version supports keyboard controls for carrying out items like playing, pausing, replaying, shuffling, thumbs up and down, and so forth. And it supports the Pandora Modes function which lets you refine your customized stations by asking Pandora to concentrate much more on specific forms of songs — like crowd favorites, the discovery of new artists, deep cuts, songs from a pick artist only, new releases, and much more.

Desktop customers generally favor to use a native app as an alternative of leaving a service open in a browser tab as it permits them a much more seamless and integrated expertise. That stated, Pandora’s Mac version didn’t have the ideal critiques from Apple customers.

Nevertheless, Pandora’s rollout of native desktop apps aids the SiriusXM-owned enterprise much better compete with rivals like Apple Music and Spotify, each of which have extended presented desktop applications. In Apple’s case, it truly constructed so a great deal into iTunes, that the enterprise decided to lastly break it up into components with the subsequent version of macOS. Pandora doesn’t have the identical difficulty mainly because it doesn’t involve a user library or marketplace.

Windows customers can download the Pandora app from the Microsoft Store beginning currently.

The app operates on Windows 10. (Pandora also supports streaming to Xbox by means of the Microsoft Shop app.)