September 18, 2016
A TV Box is a great method to spend your free time. You can enjoy hours and hours of high quality entertainment. At this point we need to consider what a TV Box needs. It needs great apps to be of great use to its owner. In Best apps Part 3 we will see some of the best apps you should download on your TV Box. Enjoy!
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The first app in our Best apps Part 3 is Pandora. Pandora was another one of those Android TV apps that was released almost right when Android TV was released. People enjoy Pandora for its “fire and forget” philosophy where you just hit the play button and let it go. It will carry over your stations and recommendations from your phone or computer if you log into your account and the app seems to work pretty well overall. If you so choose, you can sign up for their Pandora One service which offers ad-free streaming and unlimited skips for $4.99 per month.
In 2000, Pandora Media Inc. began as Savage Beast Technologies, and was founded by Will Glaser, Jon Kraft and Tim Westergren. The idea was to create a separate, individualized radio station for each user having just the “good” music on it, with none of the “junk” that other users like. The company quickly ran through its initial two million dollars in funding and in 2001 the company ran out of money. Founder Tim Westergren convinced the fifty employees of the company to work for two years without pay.
Initially the company pursued a transitional strategy of technology licensing to third parties including AOL, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, and Tower Records. In 2004 the company returned to its initial vision of producing customized radio stations and changed its name to Pandora Media. The website began as only a paid service but quickly changed to an advertising service to make it also available free for users.
In 2011, Pandora launched its IPO on the NYSE and is listed as ‘P’. On March 7, 2013, Pandora chief executive In April 2013, Pandora announced that their radio streaming service had passed 200 million users, about 70 million of whom were active monthly. By December 2013, Pandora was noted as accounting for 70% of all Internet radio and 8% of total radio listening in the United States.
On September 1, 2013, Pandora removed a 40-hour-per-month limitation for free mobile listening. In December 2013, iTunes was Pandora’s “biggest existential threat”.
In early 2015, Pandora removed lyrics from song pages, but returned them by July. On April 16, 2015, song samples were officially removed. At around the same time, a new feature was introduced to give users the ability to receive notices about their favorite artists through the music player. They also redesigned the thumbs up/down feature to allow the listener to undo their action. By January 2015, songs played on Pandora had received over 50 billion thumbs up from users.
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The second app is in the Best apps Part 3 is Plex. Plex is probably the best way to watch or listen stuff stored on your PC to your Android empowered TV device. The way it works is you install the server software on your PC. Then you need to install the app on your Android empowered TV. From there, you can stream your videos and music straight from your computer. Apart from that, it’s the most popular app that does this that also has Android TV support. Thankfully, it’s also pretty stable. You can buy the app or pick up the Plex Pass for $4.99 per month for additional features.
Plex is a client-server media player system and software suite comprising two main components. The Plex Media Server either running on Windows, Mac OS, Linux, FreeBSD or a NAS which organizes audio (music) and visual (photos and videos) content from personal media libraries. Also, it streams it to their player counterparts.The players can either be the Plex Apps available for mobile devices, smart TVs, and streaming boxes, or the web UI of the Plex Media Server called Plex Web App, or the old Plex player called Plex Home Theater.
A premium version of the service, called Plex Pass, is also available and offers advanced features. These features includ synchronization with mobile devices, access to cloud storage providers. In addition it offers up to date and high quality metadata and matchings for music, multi-users mode. Parental controls, access to high quality trailers and extras are also some great features. Wireless synchronization from mobile devices to the server, access to discounts on partner products and early access.
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