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PandoraMan for Mac

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PandoraMan is a tiny app that lets you run the streaming-music service Pandora outside of--and without even opening--your Web browser.

Using Apple's WebKit engine, PandoraMan runs as a standalone app, and the interface is just a subset of the Flash-based Pandora window that you normally see when you go to the Pandora site: you see your stations, your current music stream, and playback controls, and you are automatically logged in after you first open the app. You can switch and make changes to stations, but if you click on any of the other drop-down features (for example, to search for songs or modify your account), your default browser will open with the appropriate Pandora window.

Being able to run Pandora without (or apart from) your browser can offer all sorts of advantages for some users. For example, you can quit your browser without affecting music playback, and you can send audio output from PandoraMan to speakers through your AirPort using an app like AirFoil without sending all your Safari audio. PandoraMan doesn't offer a lot of extra functionality, but its one, essential shtick is a pretty good one.

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  • All versions:

    4.7 stars

    out of 15 votes

    • 5 star: 12
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
  • Current version:

    4.3 stars

    out of 3 votes

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Works, but kind of pointless"

    May 15, 2013  |   By eJonP

    Version: PandoraMan 1.0.19

    Pros

    Separates Pandora from web browser activity

    Cons

    Forgets username and password
    controls occasionally freeze

    Summary

    I got annoyed with Pandora's always getting caught up with my other browser activity at work, causing lots of accidental closures, so I downloaded PandoraMan. It was OK, but had a couple of problems. First, on my system (Mac OS 10.6.8), it never remembered my email and password, so I had to enter them every time I started it. Also, I found the controls (Play, pause, thumbs up/down) would sometimes freeze and require a restart - something that never happened fromt he browser.

    Then in a face-palm moment, I realized there's more than one browser on my computer. Now I used Safari for Pandora and Chrome for everything else. Now I can't think of any reason to use PandoraMan.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple and it works well"

    September 19, 2010  |   By NorCal_Explorer

    Version: PandoraMan 1.0.19

    Pros

    Easy to use and runs pandora with out having to go to it through the browser. i can run the app quickly from the dock and in no time there is music. Great app.

    Cons

    None that I can see.

    Summary

    It runs well on os 10.6.4 with 4 gigs of ram. I do not see any reason not to get this FREE app for your desktop or laptop.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great!!! Simple and does exactly what I want."

    August 20, 2010  |   By n8tr

    Version: PandoraMan 1.0.19

    Pros

    Simple little program works great. Web pandora kills my CPU and memory but PandoraMan has small footprint, doesn't kill my CPU, and doesn't grow to monstrous memory pwnage. Love it!

    Cons

    None really. Does exactly what I want.

    Summary

    If you are so tired of pandora.com pwning your browser, CPU, and memory, get pandoraMan! I love pandora but hate running it in my browser b/c it kills memory and CPU after a while. Many thanks for the developer! Hopefully pandora doesn't ever find a way to kill this app.

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