After managing to replicate this problem a dozen times today, and literally cursing Pandora’s name each time, I can give you the error, verbatim: - Unable to play Pandora encountered a problem that paused the music. If the music won't play, try restarting Pandora or rebooting your iPhone. - Perhaps the best part about this error is when it occurs it brings both the phone and CarPlay to a complete stop, and it’s so bad that even rebooting the phone doesn’t resolve the issue. You can create the problem by starting Pandora through CarPlay, but not through the phone itself, then, let’s say you want to replay a song, since Pandora doesn’t allow you to replay a song through CarPlay for some stupid reason, you’re now taking your eyes off the road so you can open up the app to replay a song, but that’s the point when this error message pops up. At this point, forget about it. You’ll not be listening to Pandora anymore for at least a couple of hours until the app reconciles itself. All the other music apps, though, perfectly fine.
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Six months since my original post on the matter and still no fix. Actually, there have been some Pandora updates that exacerbated the problem recently. Lately, I just get error messages after starting up my vehicle a second time indicating Pandora has decided it is just not going to work at all, but meanwhile, every other streaming audio app on my phone works just fine. Good work.
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iPhone 12 Pro
Pandora v 2203.1
This is neither a new issue, nor is it a problem specific to one particular brand of vehicle, nor is it a problem specific to one model of iPhone, this is just an issue I’m sick and tired of dealing with.
You get in your car for the first time that day, plug in your phone, CarPlay starts, you start Pandora and you drive away. you make a stop. You get out of the car, bringing your phone with you. 15, 20, 30 minutes later… Two hours later, you get back in the car, plug in your phone, CarPlay starts, because Pandora was the last thing running it appears on your screen, but it won’t play. The status shows that music is playing, but nothing is audible. If you select a different channel or a different song, still, nothing will work. Now you are forced to defy the entire point of CarPlay and you have opened your phone and start up Pandora up on the phone as well. Still, no music. You must now disconnect your phone from the cable, terminate Pandora, restart Pandora, and now music is playing on your device locally. You now plug it in to the vehicle, CarPlay starts, your music is playing, and on with your day.
I have experienced this issue on my iPhone 12 pro, my wife’s iPhone 11 Pro, my son’s iPhone SE, my other sons iPhone X, and my mother-in-law’s iPhone 11, all of which are running iOS 15.4.1. Moreover, I have experienced this issue in several vehicles, several brands of vehicles, and several radio models. Currently, I can easily replicate this on three different modern Volvo Sensus-equipped vehicles, a Pioneer head unit with CarPlay, two different modern Toyota vehicles, a new Subaru, and a new Hyundai vehicle. Given all of the above, it is safe to assume this is a universal problem, and not one specific to one brand of vehicle, or one model of iPhone.
Despite the fact that I have to run through the gamut of efforts in order to get my Pandora working when I get in and out of the car a half dozen times a day, it is some thing I never ever quite get used to doing. A fix for this would be swell.
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