Streaming Music From The Terminal

The joy of headless apps.

Posted by James Campbell on Sat, Feb 23, 2019
In Tips,
Tags music pandora streaming

Do you remember Rdio? It was a better than Spotify at streaming music back in 2012.

In 2013, Entertainment Weekly compared a number of music services and judged Rdio the best, grading it “A” and writing that it had “by far the best app and online interface, making database searching and playlist curation easy” - source

Rdio ended up not finding the right business model, or spending too much of its 200 million, or who knows what, but it filed for bankruptcy in 2015 and Pandora purchased it and all of its assets for 75 million cash.

Fast forward to today, and I still use Pandora (I also am on Spotify).

What doesn’t make sense to me about Pandora is that there is no desktop client. I guess they focus on mobile and web? Or is there a workaround?

It turns out if you are on a Mac, and have homebrew installed, you can do

brew install pianobar
and you can access and stream music from the terminal, complete with keyboard shortcuts to change stations and thumb-up or thumb-down tracks.

It is one of the headless apps I use every day, so I thought I would share it.

What apps are indispensible to you?