Before Google Play Music, YouTube Music, Spotify, Rdio, or any of those other music services, there was Pandora. I’ve pretty much been using it since the beginning (albeit off and on), and no matter how many other music streaming/discovery services show up, I always keep coming back to it for all my radio needs. I use it as a supplement to Play Music — when I don’t know what to listen to, Pandora is always there to hook me up. My thumbs-up library is so vast at this point, it’s really difficult to even think about letting go.
The thing is, it’s always been kind of…not attractive. With the latest update — which appears to be a server-side change that only phones are getting at this point (not tablets) — it got a makeover that looks a lot better. Almost every screen now has a much more appealing white interface, with all sorts of transitions, buttons, and all that other crap that make users like you and me happy.
The blue theme that Pandora has been using since…as long as I can remember is now [mostly] gone, with the primary interface now taking on a much brighter light gray theme. Honestly, it looks really good. Feed, Profile, and Settings have also been moved from an overflow menu to a hamburger menu, and there’s a new option to browse suggestions through a toggle at the top of the main interface. The now playing screen is still the same, but hopefully they’ll change that to suit the rest of the app soon.
Overall, this is a nice update to an app that has been a staple on my phones since basically the dawn of time.
Thanks, Nielsen and Daniel
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