I have been having the same problems with keeping Pandora in shuffle mode on my smartphone. I connect to my car's system and Pandora goes out of shuffle mode. When I load Pandora through my Sony Android TV the application stays in shuffle my stations mode. This problem seems to be with my smartphone application.
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Hi @mixup! Thanks for posting your experience.
Could you tell me some additional info about your phone and vehicle?
Let me know.
Use your mobile device only when conditions allow and as permitted by applicable law.
I'm trying to replicate on my end. To clarify your steps, are you playing Pandora in shuffle prior to connecting to Android Auto or do you start Pandora once connected?
If you start Pandora once connected, do you look for and start a station or just press play? Do you know if the same thing happens if playing Pandora only on your phone or with a bluetooth speaker?
Thanks for the help!