Pandora for Android review: Pandora plays the songs you want to hear

The Alarm Clock feature wakes you up with your favorite Pandora station. There's a built-in snooze button too. Screenshot by Sarah Mitroff/CNET

Wake up with Pandora
In a recent update, the app added a handy new feature called Alarm Clock, which wakes you up with a station of your choosing. To activate the alarm clock, tap on a station to start playing in, then tap three-line icon in the top left of the screen to reveal a menu. From there you can turn on the alarm clock, set your time, snooze duration, and music volume level. You can switch to a different station from the alarm clock page, and even choose the shuffle option to have Pandora pick one of your stations at random to start playing when the alarm goes off.

The alarm clock screen looks downright pretty. The current song's album art takes up the entire screen, and there's a circle in the middle that has controls to turn the alarm off or snooze. If you snooze, that starts a countdown on the screen that shows how much time is left before the alarm sounds again.

Advertisements everywhere

If you're not a Pandora One subscriber, then be prepared for a lot of display and video ads. Some are smaller leaderboard-style ads near the bottom of the screen, while others are huge pop-ups that almost completely cover the album art. Fortunately, you can close the larger ads with a quick tap. If you usually just fire up a station and put your phone in your pocket, though, then the visual ads probably aren't too big a deal. However, the video and audio ads can become annoying quickly, especially when they occasionally play in between each song in a station (they often show up when you skip a song too).

If you can swing the $4 per month fee for Pandora One, we highly recommend it to get rid of the ads, especially on the mobile apps.

Final thoughts
Pandora is a great service to listen to music without needing to hand-pick songs for a playlist. The way it gets to "know" your musical taste is impressive, and it even helps introduce you to artists you never knew you'd like.

Overall, the Pandora Android app offers a phenomenal listening experience. Its user interface is slick, despite the pesky advertisements. What's more, it features robust sharing features, control to edit your stations, and a nifty new way to wake up to your favorite tunes. If you like listening to music on your Android phone or tablet, Pandora is well worth the free download.

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