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pandora no adsYes. It’s possible! With a simple browser extension in Google Chrome, you can listen to Pandora without any ads or even having it open. How? Let me introduce you to Anesidora. So how does Anesidora manage to pull out the audio ads and access Pandora? I have no idea, but that’s ok – I just enjoy the distraction free listening, and now you can too!

Now I warn you, this practice of removing ads from free copyrighted content is a controversial topic.

There are definitely writers here at MakeUseOf that are strongly against it. I am against the majority of things that block ads, however there is something about the bliss of listening to non-stop, commercial-free music that I can’t break away from. I don’t mind commercials – I listen to Spotify often, but I’ve found that especially while writing or doing anything where you’re “in the zone” like working out, that audio commercials quickly ruin any focus you had and pull you away from your thought process and focus quickly.

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About Anesidora

Anesidora used to be available in the Google Chrome Web Store, but for some unknown reason it was removed. Finding it used to be difficult. There is a blog called Chrome Underground that hosts it and, at one point, was the only place where you could download it after being removed from the Chrome Web Store. Just recently, however, its own website was launched, At the time of this article, the website offers an install link as well as a forums link for questions and information about the extension. It looks as though there will be more added to the site later on though.

Setting Up Anesidora

First step to do, if you haven’t already, is click the “Install” link over at the Anesidora website that I mentioned previously. Install the extension like you would any other Chrome extension – just click “Add.”

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If for some obscure reason you decided to download it from Chrome Underground instead, the extension downloads directly onto your computer. So how do you get it into Chrome? I’ll tell you if you give me five bucks. Actually all you have to do is drag the file from its downloaded location and drop it into Chrome. Then follow the steps permitting the install.

I really don’t see a purpose in using this download source, but it’s where I got Anesidora before there was an official website so I feel it still plays a roll in the extension’s presence. However, as of now the version at Chrome Underground is 1.6.2, while the version at the official website is 1.6.7. I prefer to get the latest version as well as getting it from the original source and recommend the same to you.

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Next you’ll need to enter your Pandora login credentials into Anesidora. Do this by clicking the extension’s button in your extension bar and a menu like the one below will drop down.

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And you’re all set! All your stations are loaded and ready to be played.

Additional Settings In Anesidora

If you right click on the icon and chose “Options,” you’ll see that there are some other options, including ‘Now playing’ notifications, setting the popup to auto expand to display all stations, scrobbling to, hotkeys and connecting to Facebook to enable sharing.

Personally, I don’t need to be notified of a song. Popups in Chrome can get in the way occasionally, however it’s certainly a nice option to have.

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I like auto expanding the list so that I can see all my stations. You can see the difference between the two options below:

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To connect to, simply enter your credentials and you’ll be scrobbling right away. The hotkeys feature really made me excited, however I had issues getting them to work. Let me rephrase that – I never got them to work. I don’t think that this is a deal killer though as the developers are working together to come up with a fix for this issue.

To connect Anesidora to Facebook in order to share songs, enter your Facebook username, not your email. If you don’t know where to find your username, you likely didn’t create one. So first, create a Facebook username 5 Things Every New Facebook User Should Do Immediately 5 Things Every New Facebook User Should Do Immediately Read More . Once you’ve done that you’ll see it in the URL of your profile. For example, is mine. Once you’ve entered your username into the text field in the Anesidora settings, click login and follow the steps of giving it permission to your Facebook account. The window will then close and go back to the settings page.

Playing Your Music

Once you’ve selected a station to play, you’ll notice several options below the playing song: “Play” or “Pause,” “Next song,” “Dislike this song,” “Like this song,” “Tired of this song” and an option to expand the list to see track history.

Navigate between Now Playing and your stations with the large arrow button on the right or left sides, depending on which one you’re viewing. One thing that may be minor, but that I like is that the volume bar can really get “up there,” if you know what I mean. Sometimes if headphones aren’t present, computer speakers often don’t get very high, this is where it comes handy… or when there’ are screaming kids around.

I’m not actually sure what the difference is between “Next song” and “Tired of this song,” but I have posted in the forum asking for more information on this. Despite the fact that you don’t have ads of any kind or tabs, there’s another huge benefit to Anesidora: that is the unlimited use of the “Next song” button.

Another function in Anesidora is the option to control your music through the address bar.

To do this type “radio” and then hit the Tab key on your keyboard. You can do this from any website. At first Google search may try to pull up search results for “radio” as you type it in, but once you hit Tab, your old webpage will be restored at its previous spot – it never really goes anywhere actually. You can type any of the options displayed or navigate through the list with the down and up arrows and choosing your selection with the Enter key. Simply clicking an option with your mouse also works.

Sharing Your Music

Sharing what we listen to has really become popular. We’ve already set up scrobbling to, but how do you get what you play through Anesidora to show up on your Facebook “ticker” the way Spotify does?

First off, there is the ability to share music from Anesidora to Facebook, but it must be done manually and will display on your Timeline, not the ticker. To share your music through this method just click on the song title and chose “Share song.” It’ll display like this on your Facebook Timeline:

There’s another option to display what you scrobble in on Facebook and that is through the Facebook application called none other than, Scrobbler. This will display your tracks on the ticker and function similar to Spotify’s sharing method.

Access Song And Artist Details On Pandora

Since Anesidora is connected directly to Pandora, information about what is currently playing can be accessed by clicking the song or artist, like we did to share the song except, well, you won’t click “Share song.” Instead, you’ll click the other option – it’s pretty straight forward.

It’s nice to be able to read about the music that you enjoy – something about it connects you to it even more. If you want to do this with a song you previously listened to, click the “…” button and click on either the song or artist, depending on what information you want. You can also “like” or “dislike” any of the tracks in the Track History as well.

Managing Your Stations

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There’s no need to go to Pandora to add your stations, unless you prefer that interface over Anesidora. However, I like how simple Anesidora keeps it, while still allowing you to make a Quick Mix, new stations and delete them right from the drop down.


That’s it! Anesidora is very simple to set up and use, and has some really great features that allow you to enjoy your music without having to have an extra tab open or listen to annoying ads. Again, I reiterate the fact that this is controversial, so if you disagree with this, I completely understand.

Do you already use Anesidora? If so, what’s your favorite feature? If you haven’t used Anesidora yet, will you? What are your thoughts on extensions such as this that boarder on legality?

  1. Tim Ott
    January 13, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    For awhile now, I have not been experiencing ads on Pandora and was wondering why. I finally researched it, and ended up on this site. I am not using 'Anesidora' in Chrome, but I AM using the 'AdBlock' extension. I wonder if that is performing, essentially, the same function. Any thoughts?

    I noticed the difference when I tried listening to Pandora on my iPhone. Same account, same stations, but commercials galore on my iPhone. Annoying.

  2. Ethan Paxton
    January 15, 2013 at 5:27 am

    allow "all your data" on websites to be accessed
    no thx bro
    thou arent a master ruseman

  3. You're Welcome
    October 31, 2012 at 6:56 am

    For all of you that can't install the extension due to "chrome can only install apps downloaded from the web store..blah,blah" pop-up, here is how you install:

    1. Download extension from websites listed above
    2. under the customize and control chrome tab (3 horizontal lines) go to settings
    3. in settings menu, open extension tab
    4. now drop downloaded Chrome extension file and it will install

  4. skipwner
    October 28, 2012 at 6:40 am

    I actually use Adblocker which works for anything and everything on the internet. I dont even get youtube adds. Its also a chrome extension and its in the store. I find its a lot better

  5. Matt S
    October 19, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    So I noticed that the hotkeys seem to work when you are in a textbox. Try placing a "P" in the hotkeys section and then go to and in that textbox hit the p. It get's quite annoying though when you are trying to google something.....

  6. Ryan
    October 6, 2012 at 2:43 am

    I like the normal Pandora interface, which I use as a chrome application shortcut. Does anyone have a method to skip adds in that normal interface?

  7. Psi
    September 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I know this is a bit off topic, but am wondering what the extension is you use (the >> next to the Anesidora icon) which I assume is to save address bar space by organizing the extension icons. Have been trying to find one all over the Chrome store but am having no luck >.< (or my wording in searching for one is off)

    Appreciate your help!

  8. Truefire_
    August 7, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Hi Aaron! Great post! I found it cool that this is the first post I've seen anywhere that with someone that shared my music tastes :D

    Check out Thrice and Jonah 33!

    • Aaron Couch
      August 8, 2012 at 4:02 am

      Thanks! Glad you liked the post.

      Yep, I just so happened to be in the mood for that music, but that happens frequently :P

      Thanks, I'll check them out.

  9. rhoslug
    August 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    A very handy little extension for Chrome. Thanks for drawing attention to it!

    • Aaron Couch
      August 7, 2012 at 1:10 am

      You're welcome! I'm glad you like it!

  10. Anestis Kozakis
    August 6, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Hi MakeUseOf,

    Pandora has ads so that it can provide the service. Much like ads run your website.

    You ask user not to use ad-blocking extensions on their browsers for MUO, but you are promoting blocking Pandora ads.


    • Arron Walker
      August 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      I think he's already addressed this several times in the above comments :)

      • Dark Bronze
        August 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm

        He's addressed it by essentially saying that he's comfortable with stealing from Pandora.

        • Aaron Couch
          August 7, 2012 at 1:14 am

          Dark Bronze and Anestis,

          As I've already explained, this is simply talking about the OPTION of using Anesidora. MakeUseOf nor myself play no part in creating the extension or forcing anyone to use it.

          If you disagree with it, fine, great actually, don't use it then. Many agree with your views and I'm not criticizing you for them at all.

          We're simply sharing the information with those who are interested.

          Thanks for commenting.

  11. Chris Hoffman
    August 5, 2012 at 12:10 am

    "I listen to Spotify often, but I’ve found that especially while writing or doing anything where you’re “in the zone” like working out, that audio commercials quickly ruin any focus you had and pull you away from your thought process and focus quickly."

    The solution is paying for things. I pay $5 a month for Rdio; I believe Spotify costs the same.

    Honestly, the obsession with stripping out ads and refusing to support things financially will be the death of us online content providers if it's not tempered. Bear in mind that you wouldn't be paid to write articles like this one without advertising revenue! Ironic, isn't it?

    Pandora One costs $4 a month, or $36 a year. That is not unreasonable.

    • Aaron Couch
      August 5, 2012 at 7:47 pm


      I do realize that and my perception has certainly changed as I began to realize this more and more. I don't mind advertising, such as banners, but I just find audio ads a little annoying. That's all my point was here.

      And I agree, the price point of $36/year isn't unreasonable, but for those with little to no income who are trying to watch every penny, $36 here and $36 there adds up quick. Up until a couple days ago, I was in that exact situation and had been for years.

      • Dark Bronze
        August 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm

        And all of the music that you listen to for free starts adding up for Pandora as well. Why is that not a concern for you?

  12. Dave
    August 4, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Wonder how they're stripping out the ads? I've just got this running in the UK through a proxy, which had better be nameless, as Pandora seem to have blocked most of them! I had limited success with two other stand-alone clients - mainly the "QuickMix" wouldn't work and seemed to time out with an error but this works well. Sometimes (when still on QuickMix), it will suddenly jump to the next track but this is rare and is something I have come across before. Dare say it's all down to using a proxy.

    • Aaron Couch
      August 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm


      It stumps me too. I don't know how they do it — they're smarter than I am :P

      Thanks for reading and sharing!

  13. Kelly Buchanan
    August 4, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Nothing is free. You may not incur the cost but someone does. As more people avoid ads or subscriptions the rest will have to endure more ads or higher subscription costs. If the ratio continues to shift, the service may simply go away. Please pay for what you use, either through ads or a subscription. I'll get down from my soapbox now.

    • Aaron Couch
      August 4, 2012 at 6:55 pm


      Thanks for sharing your opinion on this! Like I said, I am primarily against avoiding and blocking ads. And in the last few months my awareness has become even greater of the issue that you talked about.

      However, like I said, there's a few things I still enjoy to have an ad-free experience. Sure I could pay, but as a recent college graduate and interning several ours a week for free, I am pretty short on cash.

      I'm not justifying it or opposing your view in any way. I feel that once I do have more income flow, I will pay for a service, like Pandora, Spotify or Grooveshark.

      Thanks for sharing your opinion and thoughts — they are definitely welcome and I enjoy seeing other people's point of views.

      • Dark Bronze
        August 6, 2012 at 4:29 pm


        And meanwhile, until you have "more income flow", you're going to steal from Pandora? You do realize that Pandora has to pay for every single audio track that you listen to, don't you?

        • Robert
          August 11, 2012 at 9:23 pm

          As the developer of Anesidora, I do not support the lack of ads in my extension, unfortunately due to Pandora using a closed API I have no choice in the matter. I offered to give Pandora ownership of my extension and they declined. They do this to themselves.

        • Aaron Couch
          August 12, 2012 at 1:15 pm


          Thanks for commenting and providing this insight! I agree that many create do create problems like these themselves.

          Hopefully they'll see that Anesidora is a way to have MORE listeners and work with you.

  14. thenazz
    August 4, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    As Ryan said,
    "I tried to install from the link, but it just downloads the .crx file and says I need to install it from the Chrome store only"

    In addition my Symantic Endpoint Protection thinks there is a trojan in the software.

    Is there?

    • Aaron Couch
      August 4, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      There is definitely no trojan. I always look into things like this before sharing it with everyone. It's likely a false positive.

      I'm going to copy and paste the same thing I said to Ryan in here:

      Where did you install it from? or the Chrome Underground website? Like I stated in my article, I recommend downloading from However, if you simply drag the .crx file from the folder it download to on to Chrome, it should be detected and installed. Do note that if you downloaded from Chrome Underground, they tend to be a couple updates behind.

      Thanks for reading and let me know if this fixes the issue.

  15. Yang Yang Li
    August 4, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    For a no ad listening experience, try getting the Pandora desktop gadget. It has all the features found in the browser version and more. The desktop gadget is preferable to running Pandora in a browser because it uses much less RAM.

    • Aaron Couch
      August 4, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      That's interesting. I will look into that. I never thought about the amount of RAM that would be used.

      Thanks for reading and sharing this advice!

    • Yang Yang Li
      August 4, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      Haha, RAM was a big concern 2 years ago.With only 2GBs in most computers, running Windows and other programs was painful. It is amazing how fast technology progresses.

      The Pandora gadget was released for Vista in 2010 I think. There is only a 32-bit version so you will have to run it from your startup folder. Bing "how to run Pandora gadget in Windows 64-bit" and you should find a website to guide you.

  16. VS Vishnu
    August 4, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    no ads..good

  17. mikejorry
    August 4, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Sounds very interesting. All the users will surely going to like Anesidora as it let you to enjoy the distraction free listening. Thanks for giving a detailed information for its usage.
    by Mikejorra

    • Aaron Couch
      August 7, 2012 at 1:15 am


      Glad you liked it!

  18. echantrea
    August 4, 2012 at 7:49 am

    nice finding add-in.

    • Aaron Couch
      August 4, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      Thanks! I like it quite a bit!

      Thanks for reading.

  19. Nathan
    August 4, 2012 at 6:23 am

    In order to get it to work in Chrome 21, go to Tools > Extensions and drag and drop the downloaded .crx file onto the page. This will allow you to install it, even though it isn't from the Web Store.

    • Ashwin Ramesh
      August 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      thanks mate!

      • Aaron Couch
        August 4, 2012 at 6:47 pm


        I'm assuming that it worked for you then?

        • Steven
          September 1, 2012 at 10:23 pm

          "go to Tools > Extensions and drag and drop the downloaded .crx file onto the page"

          This is how you have to do it in order for it to install, if you don't then Chrome will say 'must be installed from the Chrome Store'

    • Aaron Couch
      August 4, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks for helping out with his question Nate!

      • Ashwin Ramesh
        August 5, 2012 at 3:33 am

        Yup, it works like a charm! Thanks for sharing the info, Aaron!

  20. Ryan
    August 4, 2012 at 4:12 am

    I tried to install from the link, but it just downloads the .crx file and says I need to install it from the Chrome store only... Any help?

    • Aaron Couch
      August 4, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      Ryan, where did you install it from? or the Chrome Underground website?

      Like I stated in my article, I recommend downloading from

      However, if you simply drag the .crx file from the folder it download to on to Chrome, it should be detected and installed.

      Do note that if you downloaded from Chrome Underground, they tend to be a couple updates behind.

  21. Ashwin Ramesh
    August 4, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Doesn't seem to work for me. I use Chrome 21. A notification pops up once I install it.

    • Aaron Couch
      August 4, 2012 at 6:44 pm


      So it is installed but not working? I use Chrome 21 too. What does the notification say?

  22. Jon Smith
    August 4, 2012 at 3:46 am

    any for Firefox?

    • Aaron Couch
      August 4, 2012 at 6:46 pm


      I really tried to find one for this article, but I couldn't find anything. There might be a third-party program that you could run directly off your computer, but I haven't tried any of those.

      Another thought that you could do is contact the developers of Anesidora by posting on the forums there and see what they say. Maybe there's something in the works, or there isn't enough demand because it hasn't been requested.

      Sorry I can't be of more help, but I appreciate you reading!

      • Jon Smith
        August 4, 2012 at 11:16 pm

        Thanks, I appreciate you spending your own time looking for something that doesn't exist...yet

        Hopefully, I'll find one and I'll share it with you and the rest MUO when I do

        • Aaron Couch
          August 8, 2012 at 11:58 pm

          Jon that would be great if you could do that! Thanks for your loyalty! Looking forward to more comments from you soon.

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