How to play Pandora radio in Linux using Pithos

Pithos is a light-weight Pandora client for Linux

Pithos is a light-weight Pandora internet radio client for Linux. It consumes lesser system resources than when playing Pandora radio via your web browser. Personally, I also like the comfort of keeping audio play separate from web browser, just to avoid unintended closing of Pandora when I just wanted to close internet browsing.

Pithos Pandora Client for Linux
Pithos Pandora Client for Linux

Pithos is being actively developed with several new features included in every release. It lets you control songs playback. You can play, pause, or skip to next song. Switching stations is done simply by selecting from the drop down list. From the Pithos user interface, you can love, ban, or select ‘tired’ of this song. Other important features include cover art, creating stations, and also ability to remember user name and password so that you don’t have to enter it every time.

Installing Pithos Pandora Client in Ubuntu, elementary OS, and Linux Mint

Step 1) Launch ‘Terminal’ and enter the following command to add PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pithos/ppa

Step 2) Update your computer’s sources info.

sudo apt update

Step 3) Install Pithos:

sudo apt install pithos

You must enter root password and answer ‘Y’ when prompted.

That’s it!

Installing Pithos Pandora Client in Fedora, CentOS and derivatives

Step 1) Launch ‘Terminal’.

Step 2) Copy and paste the following command to add RPM Fusion repository. If you already did so earlier due to other app installations, you can skip this step.

sudo dnf install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm https://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm

Step 3) Install Pithos

sudo dnf install pithos

That’s it!

Kiran Kumar
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  1. I just installed Pithos on Kubuntu 18.04 on a Dell 910 mini. I want to use this Linux machine as a dedicated component on my stereo for Pandora. The install went fine and it is up and running. The problem is that after a while my machine turns off and goes to sleep. I’ve played with the Power options and can’t get it to stay awake while unattended. Does anyone have tips for this.

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