Pandora users won’t be tied to its Flash-based browser player to stream music any longer. The service has announced a new native desktop app for Macintosh computer users that’s ready for download.
In addition to lyric support and station recommendations, the app has a few features that the Flash player doesn’t have including keyboard controls, on-screen song notifications, and controls for Pandora’s new Modes feature.
Pandora Modes, launched last month, is a premium feature that adds selectable modes to radio stations to customize the listening experience. Modes that can be applied to stations include Crowd Faves, Discovery, Deep Cuts, and Artist Only.
Pandora’s app is nearly identical to the web player. Currently playing and recommended stations appear to the left of the interface and ads are to the right. Album art and track info appear front and center with lyrics and other information below. Player controls reside at the very bottom with search, and My Collection functions up top.
Users with Mac OS X.1 or later can get the app from Pandora’s download page. The company did not have an estimated release date for the Windows version.