Apple revealed the first look at its all-new Music app for iPhone and iPad with the first beta release of iOS 8.4 today, which brings a new look to iTunes Radio among other major changes. Pandora Radio, the similarly-modeled music streaming service that’s arguably superior to iTunes Radio in music variety and selection, released a timely update this evening adding Apple Watch support to its iPhone app ahead of the new wearable device’s release on April 24th. Pandora Radio’s WatchKit app for Apple Watch will include a glance for swiping up from the watch face to identify the song currently playing from the iPhone app.

Pandora Radio for Apple Watch will also allow listeners to mark tracks as favorites which Pandora uses to tailor the listening experience to your preference. Similar to iTunes Radio and Notification Center on the Mac, Pandora Radio for Apple Watch will also optionally push notifications to the wrist to keep track of track playback from the Notification Center on Apple Watch.

Pandora Radio for iPhone is available for free (with ads) on the App Store. Ad-free playback is available for $4.99/month through an optional in-app purchase. Pandora Radio’s WatchKit app is included in the latest version ahead of the Apple Watch’s release next Friday.

While it’s not completely in their control, Pandora recently expressed a commitment to add support for Apple’s CarPlay feature in the future.

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