Update 3 (2 Dec 11) PandoraJam 2 works with Pandora.com’s HTML5 player, so this post can be disregarded. If you are using PandoraJam 1.x please upgrade for free to PandoraJam 2.
Update 2 (24 Sep 11) Good news. We’ve been able to restore most features and continue to make progress. Please keep your PandoraJam updated via the menu option ‘Check for Updates…’ or download from this link: http://www.bitcartel.com/downloads/pandorajam.zip
Update 1 (22 Sep 11) Some cheerful news! We have released a test version of PandoraJam 2 which has basic support for Pandora.com’s new HTML5 player. Please update the app via the menu option ‘Check for Updates…’
Dear PandoraJam Fans…
It’s probably been coming ever since Pandora announced their new HTML5 player… bad news.
Over the last few weeks we’ve been working hard at keeping PandoraJam working with Pandora.com’s classic Flash player. In fact, a few more bugs had been fixed and issues resolved this week, and like car enthusiasts, there was some satisfaction in keeping the motor running and tuned up. In the end though, it never rains, it pours.
This Wednesday evening, PandoraJam was chugging along as usual. Sweet. However as of around midnight EST, it seems Pandora.com turned off the classic Flash version and are now pushing all listeners to use their new HTML5 based player. A hint of that was detected when earlier in the day it was noticed that a link titled ‘Old Site’ had been removed from Pandora.com’s HTML5 player (they have a minimum browser specification
where all browsers support the new player).
Overall, this is great news for Pandora fans as the classic Flash player was resource intensive, but bad news for PandoraJam. The classic Flash player no longer loads. With the classic Flash player turned off, PandoraJam no longer functions. Kaput! We must admit, we’re somewhat surprised at how quickly Flash has been removed, as we felt Pandora.com would let listeners who use older operating systems and browsers stick around for say 12 to 18 months (there’s little development cost in keeping the old Flash player around), but alas, no.
Thus, sadly, with immediate effect we are temporarily suspending sales of PandoraJam. Our refund policy is normally 30 days but we’re extending it out to Aug 1st (just under two months). If you need a refund, email firstname.lastname@example.org (purchases and refunds are processed through FastSpring, our payment processor). For long-time users, we hope you’ve had fun and enjoyed zillions of hours of music pleasure, and all for less than the cost of a beer and pizza 😉
Update: Sales are back online now
Will there be a PandoraJam 2 with HTML5 support? We don’t have an answer at this point but we’re working on it. We think it should be possible, we might lose some features, but that will still be better than looking at a blank screen. If there is a PandoraJam 2, it will be a free upgrade for all users. We’ll keep you posted as to progress (more frequent updates on our twitter feed
Update: For clarification, we are attempting to restore all features. Note that PandoraJam 2 requires OS X 10.5 or later.
Since the summer of 2007, we’ve been receiving emails from music fans who found PandoraJam, fell in love with Pandora, and ended up becoming Pandora One subscribers. It’s been quite a journey to watch Pandora, a little startup in Oakland, grow into a publicly listed company on the NASDAQ , and quite remarkable that the Flash based player lasted so long at all. Now they’re all grown up and HTML5… yet with Google Music, iCloud, Spotify, Rdio, Turntable, and others hitting the scene, it’s like the internet music party is only just getting started.
Stay wired. Namaste.