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Pandora App On Lexus Enform

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I am having a little issue with the Pandora app running on the Lexus Enform system. I always run the Enform app on my iPhone 5 and properly paired via Bluetooth. But sometimes when I switch radio mode from say XM to Pandora it does not play (or stream) the first time. On the application screen it shows the station and song and status is "Paused". It won't play even if I click on the play icon.

As a workaround, I put the display on map mode, turn off the radio and turn it back on then it will start playing the songs in Pandora. It is happening every day as I start driving to work. I am thinking of setting up an appointment with the dealer's technology specialist but it maybe just something silly that I'm not supposed to do. Anybody experiencing similar issue?

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This is something I have experienced, too. Here are some things that can cause Pandora to delay, or not play audio.

- Camera active on iPhone. Shut down this memory-hogging app when not in use. Keep other apps shut down, too, for best results.

- Pandora is started in your driveway or near home (WiFi), but before Pandora finishes its initialization, Internet service goes to Cellular. Pandora fails to reconnect. Cycling to the Map then back gives it that nudge, apparently.

- Pandora has not started for several days. Longer initialization takes place when starting Pandora after not using it for awhile.

- iPhone updates email client while Enform is starting up. Too big a task for the iPhone to handle.

All these problems are due to the iPhone, and not Pandora itself. The technology of smartphones will continue to improve. Fortunately, the Lexus media architecture is not flawed, in my opinion, and is ready for these improvements. Also, I noticed that a protocol is in place on the Lexus to upgrade firmware from smartphones, as even the car's software is improved.

I hope this helps.

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