I’m an avid Pandora listener, and for the most part I’m listening to the music when I’m on-the-go with my iPhone. I still like to have some tunes turned on while I’m working though, and for that I fall back to the web interface which can often feel clunky. Last week, with very little hope, I decided to see if there was a Google Chrome extension for managing Pandora playback, and I was pleasantly surprised with what I found.
The unofficial Pandora extension is perfect for any Pandora listener. As you can see in the screenshot above there is an icon added to the Chrome toolbar just like with other extensions. When you click on the icon you’ll have to login the first time, and from there you can switch between and manage stations, manage playback, thumbs up/down a song, and so much more.
Are you a keyboard junkie that would rather manage your music with an interface that is reminiscent of the command-line? Well, the Pandora extension has some special Omnibar commands that can be activated by bringing focus to the address bar and then typing “Pandora” followed by the tab key. After that you can enter things like play, pause, skip, like, dislike, tired, and station <station name>. Yes, you can skip songs and control playback without lifting your fingers from your keyboard. It’s a geek’s dream come true.
If you’ve been looking for a better way to play your Pandora music in your browser I’d say this is almost as good as it gets. Frankly I’m surprised that Pandora doesn’t offer something like this for users that pay the annual fee, but I guess it’s better this way since both free and paid users can take advantage of this.
UPDATE: Read this article for up-to-date information on how to grab this extension. Thanks to carbs for commenting below on the new download location.