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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.

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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.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • James Seagle

    Any way to run 2 different versions of the same app? I've got a real old version of Pandora that allows unlimited skips but would like to have the ability to cast.

    • Brad

      Oh wow, I'd think that'd be controlled on the servers. I guess back up the APK and install the old one when you want to listen on the phone... otherwise you'd probably have to compile something yourself. Which is probably impossible.

    • Eric Jones

      I've never understood the issue with unlimited skips. I can see at first, before you've got a good station, but after a few days or weeks, it shouldn't be a problem. If you really don't want to listen to a song, just switch to another station. If you are using it to listen to specific songs, that's not really what Pandora is for. I'd suggest switching to Spotify or Google Play music all access.

  • Brad

    EXCELLENT! Looks great!

  • Taco Monster

    Still no notification controls!

  • Stacy

    The flip was switched? That's odd. Usually the switch is flipped.

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    Sweet, Guster getting some love in the screenshots. Lost and Gone Forever, no less!

  • HolyFreakingCrap

    Fuck Pandora, their ads, and the $3.99 a month to remove the ads. I can get internet radio to my Chromecast for free with no ads.

    • Matt Alexander

      Yeah, fuck them for trying to operate as a profitable business. They should pay to license this music at a deficit and then pipe it straight to us for free. Their bandwidth costs aren't their problem. You tell them, HolyFreakingCrap.

      And we can pirate software too, so why are companies still charging for it?? Goddamned outrage, I say