Currently Being ModeratedMay 2, 2012 2:10 PM (in response to silverback01)
I have been having the same problem. Also a paid Pandora user for 2+ years. I do not have the problem on wireless but I do have it on 3G. However, you bring up a very interesting point. I also just started using Bluetooth recently (Motorola S10-HD Bluetooth headphones). I only have the problem at the gym where I stream Pandora over 3G since I don't have wireless access. That is also the only place I use the headphones. I will additionally add that I did not have this issue streaming with Pandora to Bluetooth headphones over 3G at the gym for the first several weeks I used this configuration. It is only in about the last 2 weeks this has happened. It will take a long time to start a song and then there will be a long delay between songs. It varies from 3 minutes to 15 minutes and more. I never wait more than 15 minutes but I believe that I could see longer times if I did.
I will do a few experiments to see if I can isolate further. I will start with using bluetooth headphones over 3G and wireless at home. I'll let you know what I find. Updates from anyone else would be appreciated though.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 2, 2012 11:11 PM (in response to rdoyleusa)
Wi-Fi + Bluetooth headphones at home... no delays between first 2 songs...
Next, disabled wi-fi during a song and transition to 3G was seamless as song continued. But at conclusion, go a delay. Next several consecutive songs all had several minute delay to start playing.
Next disabled Bluetooth to play through docking station speaker... Again delays.
Power phone off and then on... 3G with bluetooth turned off on docking station... Again delays...
Next Enabled Wi-Fi during a delay and the delay was immediately ended.
So at this point it appears the problem is Pandora + 3G with any output.
Next deleted and reinstalled pandora. All problems with 3G now cleared.
Re-enabled Bluetooth... and there are the delays again!
Switch to Wi-Fi and we are ok again.
SUMMARY: Enabling Bluetooth on my iPhone4 (not 4S) causes Pandora streaming over 3G to start having several minute delays between loading songs. The problem can be cleared by disabling Bluetooth and then reinstalling the Pandora application. But re-enabling Bluetooth will trigger it again.
Silverback01: To test this, disable bluetooth on your phone under settings >> General. Then reinstall the Pandora app. Then play songs and verify that they play over your cheesy phone speaker without delays between. Then re-enable Bluetooth and see if the problem comes back. I think the reason re-installing the app to this point has not worked is that you have not disabled bluetooth.
This doesn't really solve our problem. But at least it should let us verify we have a consistent issue that we can report. Unfortunately, it is not clear to me who would be responsible to fix this though.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2012 5:57 AM (in response to silverback01)
Hey rdoyleusa, udaman! I agree in that I disabled my BT the deleted and reinstalled Pandora and it cured the long delays. It seems that I used to use my 3GS riding my motorcycle with no delays back in 2009, 2010. Now I agree that I am getting some delays using 3GS but no delays with WIFI. Yes, I agree that BT is the root cause of this issue. Thanks for doing this experimentation. I was heading down that path but you beat me to it. Thanks tons!!
My conclusion is that BT will cause delays with Pandora in 3GS even with WIFI. Your method of disabling BT, then unistalling Pandora then reinstalling Pandora is the cure. It could be that something has changed on Pandora end of things that makes some delays occur in 3GS and in 4 without WIFI. However it seems that in iPhone 4, WIFI makes it work even if BT is "on" however in 3GS, once BT has been turned on, niether GS or WIFI work without huge delays in Pandora. Thanks for assisting rdoyleuse!
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 3:48 PM (in response to silverback01)
iPhone 3GS owner running iOS 5.1, with the same issues as described: extreme delays before/between tracks over 3G, tracks play without issue once loaded, and everything works normally over Wi-Fi. In my case, the Bluetooth solution didn't help, as I had already deleted and reinstalled Pandora while BT was disabled (I never use it so it was already off).
The problem began only after I updated iOS from v4.1 to v5.1, so I imagine there was something nasty introduced in 5.1 on 3GS that Pandora didn't test against, assuming "everyone is gonna upgrade to iPhone 4[S] anyway" ...
If anyone else has experienced this issue and found a fix or workaround, please share!
(sure would be nice if previous versions of apps were available from the App Store so I could do some kind of regression testing... )
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 6:29 PM (in response to silverback01)
Hate to be a "Debbie Downer" but I don't think it has anything to do with Bluetooth:
- I have a 4S phone.
- My Bluetooth is never on
I have been getting delays between songs now for 3 weeks and when I do, I have 5 bars on AT&T.
I sent Pandora and e-mail about this and all they say is "we're aware of the problem and are working on it"!
I agree with d minus...wish we could go back to older versions because this happened with last update.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 7:09 PM (in response to silverback01)
Well a few days with Pandora I now am re-thinking that the BT did not fix it either. however once I stopped using the BT Pandora does not have as bad of delays. Pandora does seem to work better via WIFI than via 3G in the last 3 or so weeks. Prior to the last 3 weeks, Pandora worked great in 3G and now it does not. today in 3G it took 10 minutes to start. It sounds like I should update my 3.1 iOS to 4.x and stay away from ver 5. BTW, I did email back and forth with Pandora techs about this several days ago. It sounds like we all need the older version of Pandora! We need to get them to list an older version in the Apple App Store to able to go backwards to the older version. Doubt that will happen.