I have this same problem. Every music service would cast when I asked it to from Google Home, except Pandora, which whould show the song trying to play as playing (not paused).. but no audio and the song time counter doesn't move. (As seen from my Chromecast with Google TV and Google Home app). Google Home, Android phones, lots of Chromecast speakers in grips e, and also added Chromecast with Google TV. I just got mine working. I'm not sure what did it, but maybe this will help someone. And no, it's not unlinking and linking the account like this thread is marked as fixed. Here is what I did: Android phone: 1. Force Stop and Clear Pandora cache and data. 2. Uninstall Pandora 3. Google Home, unlink Pandora service 4. Google Settings, Passwords, remove the saved Accounts for Pandora (this was interesting because my phone always tried to auto populate the password for auto sign in . After I cleared this, I got a different Pandora sign in and different Link to Google screens than I had ever seen before ) 5. Reinstall Pandora 6. Open Pandora and sign in ( note I saw a new login screen ) 7. Opened Google Home, an initiated the Pandora Link Account ( note I saw a different Link you account screen ) 8. At this point, my Google Home would play Pandora again, Except for my Chromecast with Google TV would not play when it's a speaker in a speaker group. 9. Also super random, the buttons on my Google Home to skip songs finally worked again. Those had been grayed out for over a year. After the above Chromecast with Google TV: 1. Force Stop Chromecast ( go to show system Apps ) 2. Clear Chromecast app cache and data 3. Check Chromecast App permissions, I enabled the 3 it was asking for. 4. Open the Pandora app on Chromecast with Google TV and test it plays 5. Test asking my Google Home to play Pandora to a speaker group that includes the Chromecast with Google TV and another speaker. We'll see if my issue is fixed long term. If not, I'll update with a failure note or confirmation if these steps fixed my issue again. I'm ready to cancel Pandora. Also, side note, w hen I was clearing the Google settings saved password for Pandora, I also saw the setting to turn on and off Google setting for apps that can automatically restore/sync data or configuration. I didn't change that but I was planning to come back and try toggling that if I didn't have success.
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This is really surprising and no wonder the music sounds better on every other music provider: https://community.pandora.com/t5/Other-Devices/In-home-device-audio-quality/m-p/79803/highlight/true#M8978 Quote: Currently, most in-home devices receive 128k MP3 audio - whether the account is free or paid. Mobile devices receive a variety of different rates depending on the capability of the device and the network they are on, but never more than 64k AAC+. On our website, Pandora plays 64k AAC+ for free listeners and 192k for Pandora Plus and Pandora Premium subscribers.
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