Pandora dumps Adobe Flash for HTML5; takes cues from Apple iPad

“Pandora on Tuesday unveiled a redesign of its website built around escaping the limitations of Flash,” Electronista reports.

“The new page is built entirely on HTML5 and takes advantage of dropping Adobe’s plugin to improve its speed and interface,” Electronista reports. “Stations now load in about a third of the time, and there’s now a persistent music playback bar borrowed from the iPad app that lets listeners explore artists or other parts of the site without interrupting play.”

Electronista reports, “The redesign should be visible this week, starting with Pandora One members as a control group followed by everyone. Flash will still be around, but it will be a crutch for those who don’t have modern HTML5 browsers.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Sleep tight, Shantanu.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

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    1. Actually, Flash is still being used for the actuall playing, downloading, managing of songs.

      They only removed flash from the “site”, as in the site is now built in html5, but you still need flash to actually listen to any of the music.

  1. I don’t know why but for me “Stations now load in about a third of the time” sounds less dramatic than “Stations now load in about 300% faster”.

  2. “Stations now load in about a third of the time, and there’s now a persistent music playback bar borrowed from the iPad app that lets listeners explore artists or other parts of the site without interrupting play.”

    Funny how the media claims Apple has been fighting Adobe over Flash despite the fact they know it’s a lie.

    Steve Jobs, most notably at All Things D, said if Adobe can get it to run well on iOS and not drain the battery all is good.

    We are now a year past the launch of the iPhone 4 & are soon to be on the 5th iteration of iOS. If Adobe could make it happen they would have long before now. The fact that Adobe is peddling an archaic technology is not Apple’s problem.

    Flash is soon to join RealPlayer, Windoze Media, etc in the dust bin of history.

    1. @RDF

      Apple has not been fighting Adobe. Apple has been ignoring them. Which probably irritates Adobe more.


      Jumping the gun there ace. QT is woven all thru OS X. Ever notice you cannot update QT without restarting your Mac? (If you are a Windoze loser, your ignorance is for understandable.)

  3. Removed Flash from my Macs 1 month ago! Safari, et al, are noticeably snappier! For the rare site that is still Flash only I can launch Chrome (which for some lame reason has Flash built in).

    Adios Flash! I won’t be looking back!

    1. What about Click to Flash plugin for Safari? I find that gives me the best of both worlds. Chrome browser? Please, amateur hour is well and truly over. I detest the Chrome interface more than I dislike Flash. At the very least Firefox is my backup browser. Google products have the worst UI known to man.

      1. Don’t exaggerate. For the longest time Google had the best search interface, because it was dead simple and wasn’t cluttered with crap, though this is sadly changing. And when it first came out, their Maps page kicked Mapquest’s so hard it wasn’t funny.

        Anyway, one prob I’ve heard with CtF is that the browser still reports to the website that Flash is installed, so even if the site has Flash-alternative content, Flash might still be sent to you. And of course it falsely inflates Flash’s market share numbers.

  4. @Ballmers jock itch

    mdmac is correct. If you have Click2Flash, your browser will attempt to go the Flash route and ask permission to display the Flash. If Flash is not installed, it will try the alternates offered by the web page – usually H.264 for video.

  5. I just visited and found nothing but Flash wackness. Very disappointing!

    Does anyone know when this is actually happening? The only date I could find was “coming soon.”

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