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Add Option to turn off autoplay

Add Option to turn off autoplay

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Can you please disable autoplay when first opening the website or the App? Autoplaying sound from a webpage makes the webpage inaccessible. It represents a huge distruption, is unnecessary, and to be honest, quite rude. Despite past responses from Pandora staff, there is no option to disable autoplay using Browser Settings

Its been a best practice of website developers to not play autoplay sounds when a webpage loads for at least 15 years due to accessibility issues. If pandora is going to ignore  this important best practice, you should at least update your help docs to show accurate, current information. This webpage from 2018 is outdated

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Hi @runningantelope Thanks for your post!

We’re always looking to improve, and getting feedback like this definitely helps with that.

Thanks for being a part of our Community!


This is a huge annoyance that it continues to auto-play even on other tabs that I open when researching a song, artist, or album.  I open a new tab and now I have 2 tabs trying to play music. I open a third tab, and now three tabs all trying to play.  Even If I pause the music first it happens.  

I don't know if you realize this, but people like to learn about music via your site too.

I feel like this doesn't require user feedback, much less a user suggestion, for Pandora to have as a standard feature of a website about music.


Need an option to DISABLE AUTO PLAY

Besides being annoying, this is now happening EVERY time I start or restart my phone. Pandora throws itself into the Android notifications and starts playing! I have disabled all permissions and notifications for Pandora in my settings, but Pandora overrides them. The only way to stop this is to clear the Pandora cache & data in Android settings, but then I have to log in each time I use the app -- and the problem returns.

I see that you have been aware of this for FOUR years. I will have to dump Pandora for another app if you cannot fix this. So sorry.

Samsung A54
Android 13
One UI 5.1

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Please disable autoplay functionality when opening Pandora in an app or browser. Its intrusive, disrespectful, and creates inaccessibility for those of us who are otherly abled. Forcing autoplay and not providing a mechanism to toggle off this feature proves the greedy and insensitive nature of most internetnet companies these days.