Pandora (CNET 100: iPhone Apps)
I know, I know--everyone lists Pandora as one of their top apps. That doesn't make the app any less vital to me. Last.fm is great when I feel like exploring the connections between bands, actively uncovering new artists, and seeing what my friends are listening to. Pandora, by comparison, is perfect for the other 75 percent of my life where I just feel like putting on my headphones, hitting one button, and surrendering my ears to a dependably great selection of music.
Over the years, Pandora has done a great job of adding better, more interesting descriptions for artists and songs. The interface is uncluttered, with big, beautiful artwork. It also helps that the stream quality--in my experience--does the best job of not dropping out, compared to other streaming music players. Also, the capability to stream Pandora as a background application in iOS4 is just awesome.
July 16, 2010 4:00 AM PDT
| Caption by: Donald Bell
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