pianobar is a free/open-source, console-based client for the personalized
online radio Pandora.
- play and manage (create, add more music, delete, rename, ...) stations
- rate songs and explain why they have been selected
- upcoming songs/song history
- customize keybindings and text output
- remote control and eventcmd interface (send tracks to last.fm, for example)
- proxy support for listeners outside the USA
There are community provided packages available for most Linux distributions
(see your distribution’s package manager), Mac OS X (see MacPorts) and *BSD
as well as a native Windows port.
The current pianobar release is 2013.05.19 (sha256, sign). More recent and
experimental code is available at github and the local gitweb. Older releases
are available in the attic.
pianobar fails with the message “Protocol incompatible. Please upgrade
Don’t panic. Pandora modifies the protocol now and then and it takes some time
to figure out what they changed. Search the bug tracker and file a new
report if no-one has done this yet.
The audio output does not work as expected. What can I do?
pianobar uses libao and most problems are related to a broken libao
configuration. Have a look at issue #167 for example.
Can I donate money? Do you have a Flattr/Bitcoin/… account?
No, money is not necessary to continue working on pianobar. There are many
other ways to support pianobar: Reporting bugs, creating cool stuff based on
pianobar, blogging about it and the most important one: Keeping Pandora alive.
Scripts and wrappers for pianobar:
- Scripts that interact with pianobar entirely through notification bubbles
- pianobar.el (1, 2)
- emacs interface for pianobar
3rd party clients for pandora.com:
- Python GUI for the N900, based on XBMC code, replaces pianobar wrapper
- Python/GTK desktop client
- XBMC Pandora Radio script
- Python script for XBMC (media center)
- Standalone Pandora Player
- modified OpenWrt router
- open source Java client for Android-based phones
- open source Windows client written in C#
- Pandora UNIX daemon, based on pianobar
- Beagleboard-based radio device running pianobar
- Pandora’s Box
- Raspberry Pi-based standalone devices running pianobar