Ever since Pandora, the internet radio site, changed their layout it broke my favorite desktop client for Pandora called Open Pandora. True, I could upgrade to Pandora One, but I'm a cheap bastard. Also true, I can just listen to Pandora from my web browser, but sometimes I just don't like to have my browsers open all the time. Hence the need for a desktop client.
Well I found a very cool little application on the Hak5 Forums from a user named ZigZagJoe called the Standalone Pandora Client. This little player does not work in anonymous mode, so you have to have a Pandora login to use it, but that's no big deal. You will also need .Net Framework 2.0. If you have a Linux computer, this will run in WINE, you just need to check the box for WINE compatibility at install. After you install it, you have a very lightweight client to listen to Pandora without your browser!
Here is a list of features:
- Supports creating and seeding stations by searching for music
- Supports deletion and renaming of stations
- Supports shared stations, creation by station url or ID or when using sproxy when you click on a listen link
- Supports feedback (duh) and will skip when badly rated (unless you choose otherwise)
- Shuffle stations (every 4 songs) or songs
- Web control if using sproxy (controls, change station, see what's playing)
- Global media hotkeys (play pause, next)
- UNLIMITED SKIPS
- Mute, volume control, etc.
Here are a couple of screen shots I took of it as well:
What do you think about this? Have you been looking for a free Pandora client for your desktop? Have you tried other ones? Do you use a different one? Which one do you like? Let us know in the comments.
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