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Pandora launches in-app voice assistant for iOS and Android

Pandora gets in-app voice assistant Voice Mode (Source: Android Community)
Pandora gets in-app voice assistant (Source: Android Community)
Pandora users — including those using the free version of the streaming service — can enjoy the new capabilities provided by the in-app Voice Mode. This voice assistant can be used to accomplish multiple music-related tasks by using various phrases and is activated using the "Hey Pandora" command.

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Currently the largest streaming provider in the US, Pandora has just received an in-app voice assistant. The Voice Mode feature works on both iOS and Android variants of the Pandora mobile app and can be fully enjoyed by both free and paid users.

For now, the problem is that only a limited number of listeners get to use Voice Mode, but general availability for all mobile users will roll out soon. Pandora Voice Mode is powered by the Music Genome Project — currently the richest dataset of music-listening information worldwide — and SoundHound's Houndify voice and conversational AI platform. 

The list of actions that Pandora can perform after receiving a voice command includes control requests (change stations, control volume, skip/pause music), thematic requests like "play music for my workout" and open-ended requests like "play something different" or "play more like this," basic requests for a specific station/song/podcast/artist, as well as interactive requests like "what song/artist is this?" and, finally, directional requests ("add this song to my workout playlist" or "I like this" to give a thumbs-up).

We will get back to this topic once Pandora makes Voice Mode available for all its users, so stay tuned. Adding support for more markets would also be great, but we have no information about this, either.

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Codrut Nistor, 2019-01-16 (Update: 2019-01-16)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.