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Back in January this year, Pandora, the largest streaming music provider in the U.S, announced the launch of its own native smart voice assistant for its mobile apps. This new feature called Voice Mode allows users to control Pandora mobile apps using voice commands. After several months of testing, Voice Mode is now available to all Pandora mobile app users on iOS and Android.
Apart from supporting control requests to change stations, control volume, skip or pause music, and other basic navigation commands, Voice Mode supports requests like the below:
- Thematic requests delivering personalized music based on each user’s unique tastes, moods, and favorite activities like “play something for my workout” or “play music for relaxing.”
- Open-ended requests like “play something different,” “play something I like” or “play more like this.”
- Basic requests for a specific artist, song, station, podcast or playlist like “play new music by…” or “play my happy jams playlist.”
- Interactive requests like “what song is this?” or directional requests like “add this song to my party playlist” or “I like this” to give a thumbs-up.
To use Voice Mode on the Pandora app, tap the microphone icon in the search bar at the upper-right of your screen to get started. “Hey, Pandora” is the wake up phrase you need to use.