Let there be rock.
And jazz. And punk. And blues. And whatever else you groove to. Because Pandora, one of the world’s most famous Internet radio apps, is arriving this morning for Windows Phone 8. Download it here
I know you’ve been waiting for this, Windows Phone fans. The good news is that we’re rewarding your patience: The free Pandora app is not only ad-free through December 31, 2013 (a benefit that usually comes with the premium version of the service), but has features not found on any other smartphone. You heard me right: there’s no other Pandora app exactly like this one.
What’s different? Pandora for Windows Phone is the only version with a Live Tile showing what’s playing at a glance. It’s also the only version that provides direct, one-tap access from the Start screen to your favorite personalized radio stations.
And parents take note: This Pandora app is specifically designed to work with Kid’s Corner in Windows Phone 8 to automatically filter explicit song content whenever the app is launched from there. Here’s a quick video tour so you can see all these features in action.
As you’d expect, Pandora for Windows Phone 8 offers music from hundreds of thousands of artists around the world via stations you create by entering your favorite artist, song, comedian, or genre. Already a Pandora listener? The app is fully integrated with Pandora on the web. Just log in to your account and enjoy all of your existing personalized radio stations, or create new ones right from your phone. Pandora’s blog has more to say about the newest member of its mobile family. After you download it, make sure to let us know what you think.
Some are having problems because it is only available for WP8, not WP7. Others have problems because Pandora only has licenses for the US, Canada and Australia.
Everyone, please remember that this app will be restricted to regions that Pandora has licenses for. For once, this is not a Microsoft restrictions, but one set by the record labels.
Hawk : "So why is MS ignoring this app gap issue? Why do they continue to force developers to jump through hoops that aren't problems for developers when working with Apple or Google? IMHO, it's an arrogant MS attitude driven by Mr Ballmer. Their arrogant approach must change or WP will be another Windows mobile failure. "
What the heck are you babbling about? Yes, there's an app gap and Microsoft is continually trying to address it, but what are these "hoops"? How do you force someone who doesn't want to make an app for the platform? What is so arrogant?
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"This app is not available for your device. Tap here for more info."
That's odd. Let's see what's going on here...
This might be because your phone software needs to be updated, the app is exclusive to a different mobile provider, or the app is not available in your region."
Hmmm... Well it can't possibly be because my software isn't updated, because Zune tells me that my Lumia 900 is up to date with current phone software version 7.10 (8779). It must be that the Pandora app is exclusive to another mobile provider or that the app isn't available in the United States.
Yeah, that's got to be it.
I'll just wait patiently.
I see that this app is region restricted for some reason, and is not available here in the UK.
Is it likely that it soon will be, or are we being penalised, yet again, for some reason?
Even though I'm enjoying my 920 and the WP8 OS, like Rodney, I too am concerned about the continuing "app gap". I'm not concerned because I personally want some of those missing apps. I'm concerned because I'm in a 2 yr commitment with AT&T and I would love to see the WP8 OS succeed. There are tons of critics and tech experts with the same concerns regarding the WP8 OS. So why is MS ignoring this app gap issue? Why do they continue to force developers to jump through hoops that aren't problems for developers when working with Apple or Google? IMHO, it's an arrogant MS attitude driven by Mr Ballmer. Their arrogant approach must change or WP will be another Windows mobile failure. In the meantime, I will continue enjoying my 920.
@Rodney E. Jones, Google have contracts with some key apps' devs, so give away their apps for free (such as Angry Birds), which attracts bunch of consumers. Folks who used to use Windows OS for minesweeper and solitaire are now buying Android for Angry Birds.
I hope that Microsoft could do the same and make these famous titles available for free of cost, sooner than later.
Since WP8, nobody really raise fingers on WP for lack of features and technicalities, but most people are just worried about the app count and these tiny concerns like free games (Temple run 1-2, Angry Birds, yada yada) which Microsoft seems to be ignoring.
And, how is it possible that BB10 gained 30,0000 apps in seven weeks?? Are all these Android ports? Even if they are this spells trouble for WP because at this rate BB10 will surpass WP in apps really soon. This is not a good sign because consumers are sheep and they are influenced by app count. What should we do??
This is good news! Now, Instagram next.. And, once we get Instagram I'll tell you which app I'm going to complain about not having next.
Wasn't Pandora supposed to come with a full year's worth of no-adds? Isn't that what we were all told back in Oct?
About bloddy time...now if you really want to make the younger crowd happy, hurry up with Instagram and now a new "hot" app called Pheed. Currently only available from the iOS but according to the Pheed website, Google play coming soon and zero mention of Windows Store. Personally, I could care less about either but for the WP platform to succeed, you gotta keep up with the big boys, especially for the apps the social media nuts crave.
According to live status the WP platform is down
Not available on my Windows Phone 8 Nokia Lumia 920, for some reason (UK on EE).
Message reads 'App Not Available / This might be because your phone software needs to be updated [I think not!] the app is exclusive to a different mobile provider [I'm on EE], or the app is not available in your country / region [evidently!].
Thank you Michael. i was able to install it from a link sent to my email account (??)
Tip: If don't see the app when you click the link, hit Enter a few times and it'll likely show up. The app is still publishing and hasn't made its way to all Store servers yet.
What about Windows Phone 7?!? How are you going to leave 2/3rds of your user base out in the cold when it was us who were bombarding Pandora with request for an app??? FAIL.