Apple CarPlay has gained another music streaming app. In what may be the biggest addition to its repertoire yet, Pandora Radio is now CarPlay compatible.
Here's a quick look at what Pandora looks and works like in CarPlay. I have included a few screenshots and also an Android Auto screenshot for comparison.
Pandora is perhaps one of the most popular music streaming apps out there. The company had announced plans of adding CarPlay compatibility back in April this year. And just yesterday, the Pandora app was updated in iOS to add that compatibility.
You should definitely check out Pandora in CarPlay but before you get too excited about it, I must warn you the CarPlay interface and functionality is very basic. Don't get me wrong, Pandora streaming works without any issues in CarPlay but you won't get any advanced features.
Advanced features like Pandora Station Creation is not available in CarPlay. You are limited to the stations you have created and added to your account. You will need to log in to your Pandora account on your smartphone, which will load up your stations in CarPlay.
Pick a station from the list of stations you've created and music will begin streaming. You can shuffle stations, pause the steam, and skip tracks (limited to five skips unless you're subscribed to Pandora One). To give a thumb up or down you need to tap on the option/action button on the Now Playing screen.
The Now Playing screen in CarPlay looks like this...
I used Pandora in CarPlay throughout the day yesterday and it worked quite well. I didn't come across any issues while streaming and the app seems stable, no crashes. The latest version of Pandora for iOS is 6.5.
Unless you're subscribed to Pandora One, you will hear ads. Pandora is offering a 7-day free trial of Pandora One which you can sign-up for right on your iPhone. After the free trial ends the service costs $4.99 a month. Day passes are also available for $0.99 a day.
Pandora had added Android Auto compatibility a month ago. Comparatively, the Android Auto Now Playing screen looks like this...
If you use CarPlay, give Pandora a try and let us know what you think.