Open Pandora Application

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 23, 2006
Updated • Nov 6, 2017
Music, Music and Video

Open Pandora is a freeware application that adds features to Pandora, the famous music service that finds new music of similar taste for you. Pandora itself is designed to work only in your browser making it rather uncomfortable to work with in my opinion. Enter Open Pandora.

The tool adds functionality to Pandora like the ability to minimize Pandora to the tray with the tray icon tooltip displaying the song that is currently playing. It offers full control from the tray or multimedia keyboards (play, pause or skip) and has some rather unique features as well, namely the ability to send song information to, Microsoft messenger or xfire.

It adds global shortcuts to the operating system that you can use to control Pandora without opening the software or the web page. It enables you to change stations, hide or unhide the main window, or control playback of songs that are currently playing. Oh, one more thing that I almost forgot to mention - it displays the songs lyrics in an external window as well.

Some of the features that Open Pandora provides are:

  • hide to tray and continue playing
  • full control of the player functionality from the tray menu
  • support for multimedia keyboards like the Logitech G15 keyboard
  • display lyrics in browser window
  • global shortcuts

Update: The last Open Pandora update dates back to 2013, which could mean that it is no longer compatible with Pandora. I can't test this unfortunately since Pandora blocked access from users from outside the United States.

A lot can happen in those years though, and it is very likely that there will at least be some quirks and issues that users may experience when trying to connect to Pandora Radio. It does not instill confidence in the program either that the last available version of it is available as a beta version only.

Verdict: If you use Pandora, you may want to give it a try if you don't like the browser controls.

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  1. Michael Jackson said on July 2, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    never mind, I just realized I’m not talking to anyone since this post is soo old.. Duh!!

  2. Michael Jackson said on July 2, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Has anyone tried the software on I checked out the site but can’t install from this pc since i don’t have admin rights. It claims to be able to minimize as well.

  3. randini said on December 22, 2006 at 7:43 pm

    HOWEVER as of Dec 21.06 with the addition of a flash based banner, pandora jar is shattered! Moving to fix… stay tuned.

  4. Duarte Teixeira said on December 17, 2006 at 11:40 pm

    This piece of software deserves an award! It’s super, mega, hyper brilliant!!

    keep the good work boys!

  5. Paul said on October 29, 2006 at 5:14 pm

    I like the program alot, but as I like pandora, I vote stay in the browser, and support this wonderfull FREE service with their ad revenues. (just my 2 cents)

  6. Tom said on October 27, 2006 at 10:39 pm

    Not a bad app prefer the other one out there though called pandoras box. you can get it at plus I liked the feature this one has of being able to post what you listing too to your own blog.

  7. dep said on October 23, 2006 at 5:24 pm

    i *DEFINITELY* recommend this piece of software. It’s clean and stellar and the guy who develops it is a damned fine fellow.

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