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Pandora in Fluid is better than Pandora Desktop app

If you’ve never heard of Pandora before and you like music, you should stop whatever you are currently doing and check it out. Pandora is currently in the news for a new premium service, Pandora One, that for $36 a year buys you an advertisement free version of Pandora (no visual ads and no audio ads) and lets you use a new Pandora Desktop application. No ads for $36 a year is a pretty good deal, and being a huge fan of the service, I hope a lot of people fork over the money so that Pandora can keep hopping.

The Pandora Desktop App works on both Windows and Mac, but it runs on Adobe AIR, which traditionally can be a memory-leaker and total resource hog. So although I’ve never used it and although your new Pandora One subscription may allow you to download the application, if you’re on OS X, I highly recommend that you simply install Fluid app and create a web browser just for Pandora. It works great and doesn’t hog your memory. If you’re on Windows, download Google Chrome and create a separate app just for Pandora.

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  • Tom Conrad 5/20/2009, 11:26 am

    We were pretty concerned about the CPU and memory issues that have historically plagued AIR apps. I'm pretty darn happy with how things turned out in that regard for our AIR app. Give it a try, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

    Tom
    CTO @ Pandora

  • srcasm 5/20/2009, 1:25 pm

    One thing that Pandora really needs to offer is the ability to purchase PandoraOne (or premium services) as a gift. I know of a few people that would love to buy this FOR their friends for birthdays, etc but there's no option.

  • C.K. Sample III 5/20/2009, 3:48 pm

    That's a good idea.

  • srcasm 5/20/2009, 4:31 pm

    Can't take credit for the idea but I agreed with the person who said it. :)