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After almost a week in development we are proud to announce openMobile 0.7 will ship with a Pandora radio plugin. The plugin was written from scratch using openMobile's audio framework which makes it not only the first native Pandora player in the carPC scene, but one of the first multi-zone Pandora players. Special thanks goes to the devs that contributed this to the project.
More info to follow when 0.7 goes into beta testing.
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This sounds wonderful. And when Pandora sets up licencing in Canada I will have to give it a try. However, it still won't dampen my longing for 0.7 !!!
Justchat_1, how is the pandora system implemented? Is it opening up a hidden browser window for control (as I've seen previous pandora systems do), or is it actually getting the streams from pandora, and playing them through the audio system? I'd like to implement a Pandora player for SageTV, and if this is the case, it seems like you've done most the work for me already... :-)
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When you say native Pandora player, are you saying that you are using a licensed implementation of the Pandora API? As far as being first, I saw at least 3 different implementations of Pandora running on various carPCs at the Visteon booth at CES, including one on Linux , although I don't remember the vendor. However, if you are able to offer this to the mp3Car community, you would definitely be the first.
windows have clicking sounds every time the stream changes and use huge amounts of memory. We deal only with raw streams. Unfortunately, the Pandora library we created is not open source.
That's cool, similar to what Hak5 is doing with some of their projects. Agree that most of the browser wrappers I've seen (OpenPandora) didn't necessarily have the best interface...not terrible, just not particularly slick.
Attached is a screenshot of a Pandora API implementation running in Centrafuse 3.1. This is the same plugin we wrote for Visteon last year. The Visteon demo had CF and Pandora running on WinCE.
I think Wind River was the vendor working the Linux side of the house that provided a similar implmentation for Visteon.
As for why it's not available...Pandora has not approved the license request yet. Apparently, their staff isn't all that big and they have a huge backlog of products to certify. Any product using the Pandora API has to meet VERY specific guidelines as to how the music is handled and played. Part of their licensing/copywrite agreement with the major recording labels. Anyway, there are other ways to get what you want.