What’s the price tag for listening to internet radio on your Mac? From free to a few bucks. In between you get a dozen Mac apps that give you access to hundreds or thousands of online radio stations (even iTunes plays internet radio for free).
One of the most popular services to hit the market in recent years is Pandora Radio, an elegant, automated music recommendation service that puts you in control of what you hear and what you like.
Mac users can choose from a dozen or so Pandora apps of varying quality and capability. Of those I’ve tried, the one I use is PandaBar. You guessed correctly. PandaBar displays Pandora Radio in your Mac’s Menubar. If there’s a better, more useful, higher rated Pandora Radio app for the Mac, I haven’t found it.
The PandaBar user interface tells the story.
Click on PandaBar and the player drops below the Menubar. The player displays the song playing, the artist, player controls, and the all important like or not-like buttons.
Click Stations and get a display of all the subscribed Pandora stations.
To get started, simply install PandaBar and login using your Pandora account information. PandaBar also lets you control Pandora using the media keys on your Mac’s keyboard, or with the Apple remote control.
PandaBar even works with Growl notifications so as song’s change, you get a pop up window which displays album art, artists, and song title. There’s no easier, better, more elegant way to listen to Pandora on your Mac.