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Because Pandora.com web-based flash player is a resource hog (especially on Linux), Kevin Mehall (which also created the Chrome-like "Pin Tab" feature for Gnome window list) developed a Pandora client for Gnome, called Pithos.

Pithos uses libpiano, the backend of pianobar (a cli Pandora client) and for now it features: switching between stations, cover art and more.

Complete Pithos features:

  • Play / Pause / Next Song
  • Switching stations
  • Remembering user name and password
  • Cover Art
  • Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down / Tired of this song
  • Notification popup with song info
  • Launching pandora.com song info page and station page
  • Reconnecting when pandora session times out

While this may not seem much, you'll love Pithos if you care about CPU usage. However, more features will come to Pithos soon. This includes: editing QuickMix, creating stations, adding songs to stations, media keys support, browsing genre stations and proxy support.

If you want to install Pithos in Ubuntu, all you have to do is copy/paste the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kevin-mehall/pithos-daily
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install pithos

Please note that I'm unable to test Pithos, as Pandora.com is only available in the US.

More info, support and image credits: blog.kevinmehall.net.