UPDATE: Adobe Air for Linux is out of beta and can be installed much easier now. Read the updated post here.
While I really wanted to play my custom Pandora.com streaming radio in Amarok, I have found a better (and more official) option for Linux users that hate keeping a browser tab/window open for Pandora to keep playing. The following instructions are universal for GNU/Linux. I tested this in Fedora 9 and Debian 4.0 R4A, so there is no reason why this shouldn’t work in Ubuntu, SuSE, or any other Linux distribution.
First step, they want you go to http://get.adobe.com/air and download the Air client… Big problem: the Linux version is still in Alpha and “Linux is not supported”…
After some Googling, I found the Alpha/Beta of the Pandora Air client at http://labs.adobe.com/. Simply download this .bin file and type chmod +x adobeair_linux_b1_091508.bin in a console window to make it executable. Then type ./adobeair_linux_b1_091508.bin to run the install for the application.
Then you may complete Step 2 on the Pandora Air page but downloading and running the Pandora_v1.air file
Finally you have a nice “P” icon on your desktop and when you run it you have a standalone Pandora window that minimizes itself to your taskbar and automatically inherits your Pandora login info from Firefox
Now you may finally close that extra browser tab/window. Remember the Adobe Air client is Alpha, which means it’s presumably unstable. You’ve been warned. Although mine has worked fine for days. Cheers!
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