Pandora, a rather well-known streaming music service, has rolled out its new site to everybody. It boasts a bunch of new features including an “HTML5 look that makes it more responsive, easier to use, and better integrated with the friends and music lovers in your life.”
One big change actually reverts it back to an early Pandora – there is no longer a 40 hour music cap. You can stream unlimited music again! Perhaps this comes as competitor Spotify landed in the US in July. Some other features listed on the Pandora blog:
Simplified Station Creation – Enhanced auto-complete choices and personalized suggestions make creating new stations and discovering new music or comedy more intuitive and personal.
Discovery of Music with Friends – Enhanced listener profiles and a new music feed offer a centralized place to find, like and comment on what friends and like-minded listeners are discovering and enjoying on Pandora. The music feed will roll out slowly over the course of the coming days. In addition to the prominent new “share” button, stations now have their own URLs, making it super easy for listeners to share favorite stations via Twitter, Facebook, or email.
Improved Control – Prominent and ubiquitous access to familiar player control buttons including Play, Pause, Thumbs-Up and Thumbs-Down icons helps listeners to easily personalize their music and comedy stations. A new shuffle feature also allows listeners to shuffle any collection of stations to add variety to their listening experience.
Enhanced Artist Information – An option to learn more about the music, find lyrics, read artists’ biographies and expand the album art size.
Unlimited listening – We’ve removed the 40 hours listening cap – you can now listen as much as you want for free.
There will also be some more changes coming shortly to add social aspects to your music listening experience.
The new social feed will roll out over the next few days to everyone and we want to remind you that you control of how others see your Pandora profile page and listening activity. Here’s a link to view and to edit your privacy settings. http://www.pandora.com/#/account/privacy
You can check out the new Pandora at www.pandora.com.