How to Play Pandora in Car from Android

Listening to music is one of the ways to pass the time when you are about to head on a long road trip. Different drivers have a different approach when it comes to listening to music in their cars. Most drivers go the traditional route of listening to FM/am radio. However, a growing number of drivers around the world have tuned into alternatives to car radios that offer more convenience and flexibility.

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One of the new alternatives to car radios is Pandora. Pandora is a radio service that allows users to stream music from mobile devices to their cars. Moreover, it houses a wide array of stations that will cater to the different tastes of drivers.

In this article, we will teach you how to play Pandora in the car from Android devices. It is worth noting that the process will come with some factors to consider. First off, it will depend on the available hardware from your car stereo. Also, if you have a limited bandwidth allocation, you might need to monitor the data usage as you stream music. Nevertheless, let us get into the tutorial.

What is Pandora Radio?

Pandora Radio is a service that integrates an intelligent algorithm that creates personalized stations according to the preference of the user. To work with the service, you need to choose one song that will serve as the root source used to base the new stations to play. Also, the service automatically plays the song that is somewhat similar to the root song you picked. Aside from this, the service also asks your feedback whether the suggested song was a good pick or not. This allows the service to further fine tune the selections for the next songs.

The best thing about Pandora is that the service is free. However, because of it being free, there are some compromises and limitations to the features. For example, a free subscription only allows users to stream a limited number of hours per month. Moreover, the free service only allows a limited number of skips per hour. With this, you don’t get a lot of freedom with choosing the songs you can play.

A paid subscription is also available, which allows an unlimited number of skips in case you don’t like the song that is currently playing. Moreover, the paid service also does not contain any ads so that you will have a piece of hassle-free, uninterrupted music listening.

Pandora first started as a service that is based on the browser; however, as time went on; the company decided to develop an app that allows streaming through mobile devices. With this, you can stream music virtually anywhere, even in your car, through the Pandora app.

How Does Pandora Work on a Car Radio?

Currently, Pandora works on car radios via two means. You can stream music from a built-in car radio app or via a mobile device that is connected via an auxiliary cord. In both methods, you will be using a smartphone that comes loaded with a data connection that permits streaming of music.

Some car radios come with a built-in Pandora feature that provides a convenient connection of the smartphone app. You can connect the built-in car app with the smartphone app via USB or Bluetooth connection. For advanced cars that have developed in controls in the steering wheel, you can play music through these buttons.

For car radios that do not have the integrated Pandora app, you can still stream music through the music service. However, in this case, you want to be able to gain control of the playback from the head unit. Moreover, steering wheel commands and voice commands also don’t work in this case. With this route, you will need an auxiliary cord or a USB cord. You can also connect via Bluetooth connection.

How to Listen to Pandora on Your Car Radio

It is worth noting that the company has equipped more than 170 automobile models across the globe with the built-in Pandora app. If you just recently bought your car, there is a higher chance that the car radio already has the made in Pandora application. You can determine if your car radio has the integrated Pandora app by looking into the car manual that comes with your car purchase. Also, the company keeps a wide array of car models and aftermarket car radios that will come with the built-in Pandora app.

Playing music through the Pandora app will depend on whether your car radio has a built-in app. If the car radio, fortunately, has an integrated application, all you need to dos is to open the app from the car radio. The next step is to download and install the Pandora app on your smartphone. Register and sign in to your Pandora account. With this, you can already establish a connection between the app from the car radio and the app from your smartphone. At this point, you can already stream music and have full access to the controls using the head unit. If your account also permits it, you can skip songs all you want and give a thumbs up or thumbs down depending on whether you liked the songs suggested or not.

As mentioned above, if your car radio does not have the built-in app, you can still stream music via your smartphone through a USB, Bluetooth, or Auxiliary connection. In this method, you can only control playback and skip songs through your phone and not through the head unit, steering wheel controls, or through the car radio buttons.

Unlike services like Spotify, which permits downloading and playing of songs online, Pandora sadly does not have this feature. Because of this, you need to be connected to the internet when using the service. You can connect through WIFI or data connection. If you connect through mobile data, you might need to be wary of the data consumption, especially if you have a limited data allocation.

Thankfully, you can lower the streaming quality to 64 Kbps. This though comes with a caveat. Since the streaming quality is reduced, the audio quality will also be compromised. Nevertheless, streaming songs at this rate will help save tons of mobile data consumption.