Pithos Pandora Radio Client Released 1.6.2 with Few Fixes

Pithos, the free open-source client for Pandora Radio, released new 1.6.2 version a few days ago.

Pithos is a native app for Linux desktop, allowing to listen to free music through Pandora music streaming service. It’s much more lightweight than the Pandora.com web client, and well integrated with Linux desktop that features media keys, notifications, and the sound menu.

The Pithos 1.6.2 version was released a few days ago with only few bug-fixes. They include:

  • Fix issue where playback would stop after a few songs
  • Fix album art caches never being deleted

Nothing else!

How to Install Pithos 1.6.2 in Ubuntu & Other Linux

Besides building the small app from source tarball (see the link above). User can install in Ubuntu or other Linux through either Flatpak or Ubuntu PPA.

Option 1: Pithos Flatpak (official)

The app provides official Flatpak package that runs in most Linux on amd64 (AMD/Intel) and arm64 platforms.

Fedora 38/39 (with 3rd party repository enabled) and Linux Mint 21 can directly search for and install it either from Gnome Software or Software Manager.

While Ubuntu and other Linux can do following steps one by one to install the Flatpak package:

  1. For Ubuntu, first press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal, and run command to enable Flatpak support:
    sudo apt install flatpak

    Other Linux can follow the official setup guide to enable Flatpak support.

  2. Then, most Linux can run the single command to install Pithos Flatpak package:
    flatpak install https://dl.flathub.org/repo/appstream/io.github.Pithos.flatpakref

NOTE: first time installing Flatpak package needs a log out and back in to make app icon visible in start menu or ‘Activities’ overview search results.

Option 2: Ubuntu PPA

For Ubuntu, Linux Mint users prefer the native .deb package format, I’ve upload the app package into this unofficial PPA for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 22.04, Ubuntu 23.10, and next Ubuntu 24.04.

1. First, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run the command below to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

Type user password when it asks (no asterisk feedback) and hit Enter to continue.

2. Then, run command to fresh the package cache for Linux Mint, while it’s done automatically in Ubuntu now:

sudo apt update

3. Finally, install or update the lightweight Pandora Radio client to listen online music:

sudo apt install pithos

As the application does not update frequently, you may also download & install the .deb package directly from this page (this is a http link, not sure if it works now in your browser).

Uninstall Pithos

For the official Flatpak package, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to uninstall:

flatpak uninstall --delete-data io.github.Pithos

You may also run flatpak uninstall --unused to clear left over run-time libraries.

To remove the Ubuntu PPA, open terminal and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

Or, open ‘Software & Updates’ utility and remove the source line under ‘Other Software’ tab.

To remove Pithos .deb package, use command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove pithos