iOS 4 Multitasking with Pandora [iOS 4 Tour Pt. 1]

by Rob   on June 21, 2010
Filed under Apple, Devices, Firmware, News, Tips and How-To's

p 480 320 B4939D80 3173 4B8F AC9E DCE39089736F 125x125 iOS 4 Multitasking with Pandora [iOS 4 Tour Pt. 1]So, you’ve got iOS 4 installed, now what? Well, one of the most anticipated features to land with the new iOS 4 is its ability to multitask. Most apps in the app store do not yet support this feature, since app developers must explicitly code to the APIs that permit its function, however one app released today is one that we’ve been waiting to see it run in the background for some time now: Pandora. So if you haven’t yet, go get the Pandora update and follow along as we look at this new awesomeness!!

Not long after iOS 4 hit iTunes Apple started releasing iOS 4 capable apps. Pandora Internet Radio is one of them and having it run in the background brings a whole new dimension to using Pandora on the iPhone. In fact, the whole device and experience is more enjoyable rather than the constant frustration it used to be without this function. Gone are the days of pausing music when wanting to check email, browse the web, or whatever. In fact, the process works so well with Pandora that you would swear it was the built-in iPod function that you were listening to and not a third party app – and here’s where things get interesting.

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The backgrounding of Pandora enables the application to mimic, in nearly every conceivable way, how the iPod functions work. Pandora takes over the tiny “play” icon in the information bar, replaces the iPod icon on the task bar and if you double click the home button while locked – the iPod controls actually pause/play Pandora – a very nice surprise indeed! So in essence, if you have Pandora installed, you have seemless, iPod-esque control and integration to a constant and endless stream of music. The one lacking integration of running Pandora in the background that I noticed was when I took a phone call: the app failed to resume playing music however, to get it to play again only took a quick double-tap of the home button and a touch of the play icon.

Now, where’s that Skype update that Steve teased us with in the iPhone OS 4 preview keynote address?


7 Responses to “iOS 4 Multitasking with Pandora [iOS 4 Tour Pt. 1]”
  1. Matt says:

    This is crazy!! I’ve installed the new iOs4 on my 3G itouch and the new pandora but still no multitasking! Anyone else with this issue??

  2. Rob says:

    Are you sure you have an eligible device with the right version of Pandora?

    From Apple: Not all features are compatible with all devices. For example, multitasking, custom wallpaper, and Bluetooth keyboard support are available only with iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and the third-generation iPod touch (32GB and 64GB models from late 2009).

    So, 3rd gen 8 GB iPod is not getting multitasking. Is that what you have?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone know if the iPod touch 3rd generation 8 gig will be able to use the multitasking feature in the future?

  4. Rob says:

    Highly doubtful that Apple will change their mind and release another update that enables multitasking for the 8gb iPod touch 3rd gen. If they didn’t add it this time around they’re not coming back later.

  5. Shane says:

    How do you activate the multitasking on the 3gs? I downloaded the update from the app store. Do o have to sync it or something? Daaaang..

  6. Rob says:

    Multitasking is activiated once the new iPhone OS is installed. If you have not yet updated to iOS 4 via iTunes then you do not yet have the new OS installed. Once you’ve updated the OS then install the latest Pandora that is in iTunes and it will work.

    To install iOS 4 download the latest itunes from then connect your iPhone 3GS to your computer. iTunes should prompt you that there is an update for the iPhone. Backup, sync and install the update.

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