A few of our readers spotted the Chromecast icon hanging out in yesterday's tablet-focused update to Pandora, and sure enough, it looks like the flip was switched this morning. You can now use Pandora to stream your stations directly from Chromecast the same way that you can with Google Play Music. Our guess is that Google needed to enable support via its media provider app list.
There's no need to update the app again if you grabbed yesterday's update, though you may need to force close it if it's been running in the background. When you're ready to Cast (as the kids say) just tap the icon and select your Chromecast. As with other supported streaming methods, you can go about your business on your phone or tablet, though you'll need to switch back to the app to skip ahead or select a thumbs up or down rating.
Enjoy the music, folks. Now we just need to wait on all the other services that are sorely lacking Chromecast integration.
OAKLAND, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pandora (NYSE: P), the leading internet radio service, today announced it is now available on Chromecast, Google’s new TV-connected device that wirelessly delivers online audio and video entertainment to the biggest screen in the home. Pandora is available on Chromecast through an update to its Android and iOS mobile apps, which will include a Cast button for simple, one-touch streaming to the TV.
Pandora Chief Technology Officer and EVP of Product, Tom Conrad said, “Our mission is to provide the best personalized radio experience to our listeners, anytime, anywhere. More than one-third of radio listening takes place in the home and we are continually innovating and investing in new platforms that help us seamlessly deliver access to Pandora across a broad range of connected devices. By integrating Google Cast technology into our mobile apps, users now have another easy access point to a better listening experience from the biggest screen in their living room.”
The Chromecast device allows users to wirelessly stream or Cast web standards-based audio and video content to the TV, using a smartphone or tablet as the remote control. While the content is launched from a mobile device, it streams from the cloud, which allows users to multitask on their mobile device while simultaneously enjoying Pandora. Core Pandora functionality, such as Play, Pause, Thumb and Skip are all easily controlled for a seamless personalized radio experience.
Owners of a Chromecast device can start casting Pandora today by downloading the latest Android or iOS mobile app, available now via Google Play and the App Store. Chromecast support is currently available for all Android smartphones and tablets in addition to iPhones, with support for iPads coming soon.