Pandora for iOS review: Veteran music-streaming app gets better

The Pandora app lets you share stations with those who follow you on Pandora, via e-mail, on Twitter, or with your Facebook friends. Also, like on the Web site, you can add variety to stations by adding an additional artist to make your station more diverse.

If you're not a Pandora One subscriber, then be prepared for a lot of display ads. Some are pop-ups that almost completely cover the album art, while others take up the whole screen for a full 30-second commercial with audio -- obviously very distracting. If you usually just fire up a station and put your phone in your pocket, pop-up ads won't be a problem, but you'll still hear the commercials. At the time of this review, Pandora will let you get rid of the ads by paying $3.99 a month for a subscription.

In the last major update, Pandora got a face-lift, making the interface more streamlined than those in previous versions. Touching the album art during playback minimizes the cover, revealing the artist bio, track information, and even lyrics in some cases. It also lets you swipe up from the bottom of the screen to pull up a nifty volume slider and a song progress timer. The overall look is much more streamlined, and now it appears the folks at Pandora are improving the app under the hood.

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