Remember radio? Back in the day, radio was entertainment. It took over after books. Then it went mobile after television came along and won the day.
Thanks to the internet, radio stations are having a hard time making a go of it financially. The biggest success in modern radio seems to be Pandora. It’s a crazy business model, but Pandora works, I like it, and now it’s come to my Mac’s Menubar.
Pandora Radio With A Click
Pandora’s business model escapes me. So do my kids following my afternoon martini. How does Pandora make money and why is it free? Well, it’s not really free, but mostly.
Pandora has ads, so that helps to pay the bills. There’s also a fee-based subscription service is you use more than 40-hours a month.
For Mac users who want to cash in on the Pandora radio thrill ride, while it’s still low cost, can choose from half a dozen or so Pandora apps.
Try this one because it has a cute logo. PandaBar cleverly combines a panda with ear phones and the word bar, as in Mac Menubar, to create a wonderful Pandora radio app.
Wonderful? Yeah, it really is. It’s cheap. It’s easy to setup and use. It kinda sorta hides out of the way amongst your already overcrowded Mac Menubar icons.
It’s all click and play.
Nice, right? PandaBar just plays music and hides in the Menubar, but controls are a mere click away. Like. Dislike. Pause. Forward. Stations. But not volume.
Click the Stations button and scroll through your favorites.
PandaBar has keyboard shortcuts for all the basic functions. It even uses your Mac’s media keys on the keyboard.
All the stations you’ve created in Pandora will show up in the Stations menu. There’s even album art (small enough that I’m not so sure it’s album art).
PandaBar is one of those remarkably sweet Mac apps that doesn’t cost much, doesn’t take up much space, and does just what you want.