By clicking once on Pandora's Now Playing screen, an overlay drops down with icons for creating new stations based on song selection or e-mailing the current station to a contact. Pandora also added a track progress bar to the Now Playing screen, showing how far along you are within a particular song.
Chalk it up to good timing, but Pandora's "Buy Song from iTunes" option just got a whole lot more useful, as well. As of January 2009, the iPhone has the ability to download songs from Apple's iTunes store over cellular networks, as well as Wi-Fi, allowing music lovers more opportunity to purchase music they hear from services like Pandora's.
One of the more visually striking new features in Pandora 2.0 is a Cover Flow mode, which lets you review the details of previously played tracks when the iPhone or iPod Touch is turned on its side. You still can't revisit the actual audio of previously played songs (for legal reasons, there's no backwards skip or repeat functions in Pandora), but the new Cover Flow view allows you to glance back at the artist, title, album art, biographical data, and song details of previously played songs.
Creating new personalized radio stations in Pandora has never been easier. As before, Pandora lets you create stations by entering any artist, song, or genre as a starting point. In addition to creating stations from scratch, users can now create stations on the fly based around any artist or song on Pandora's Now Playing screen or user bookmarks.
Pandora users can now listen to 30-second previews of bookmarked tracks directly within the app, without bouncing over into the iTunes store. Bookmarked songs can also be used as the basis of new stations, or e-mailed to contacts.
Pandora 2.0 now offers biographical information for the currently playing artist right from the Now Playing screen (similar to the Last.fm app), as well as a detailed account of why each song was chosen to be included in your station.
When you e-mail a Pandora station to a contact from within the Pandora app, this is what your friend sees on the other end. Clicking the embedded station link takes you to Pandora's Web site and pulls up the associated station.
When you e-mail a song to a contact who has been bookmarked in Pandora, this is the e-mail your friend sees. It's not as attractive as Pandora's e-mail for stations, but the linked page is much more useful--offering a sample of the song along with links to purchase the track from Amazon or iTunes.