PianoBar: Pandora without all the Flash

Posted on Sep 1, 2014

Over the last few years I've grown rather accustomed to listening to my Pandora while working, even upgrading to PandoraOne so that I can enjoy my music without interruptions 1. However, I found myself avoiding Pandora earlier this year. Why? Pandora uses Flash for the web and Air for the desktop, presumably in order to annihilate the battery on my laptop. 2

The problem isn't Pandora though, it's Flash. What if I could use Pandora without Flash? Going a step further, what if we could take this opportunity to bring Pandora to the command-line?

Enter PianoBar, a command-line client for Pandora. Not only does it not use Flash, but since I usually have a terminal open, it's only ever a ‘C-a space’ away3. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys having both Pandora and battery-life. Works on Mac, Linux, and Windows.

Happy Labor Day. Our regular series will resume next week.


  1. When I say “without interruptions”, I'm referring to commercial interruptions, not day-to-day, hair-on-fire, or environmental interruptions. PandoraOne can't solve those other problems. ↩︎

  2. We're talking three to four hours difference. That's almost half of my battery. ↩︎

  3. ‘C-a space’, or CTRL-A followed by space, is a shortcut for cycling through open sessions in the terminal multiplexer “screen”. ↩︎