Pandora for Windows Phone 8
317

Pandora for Windows Phone 8 is now available and we go hands on

Pandora music has always been one of those apps that served as a metric for mobile platforms: so long as Windows Phone did not have it, it was behind. Luckily, last October Microsoft finally announced that indeed Pandora was coming to Windows Phone 8 in “early 2013” and a few weeks ago we had hints it was near.

Well, that day is today.

Yes, the official Pandora app for Windows Phone 8 can be downloaded from the Store and is now available in the US, Australia and New Zealand. What’s more, Microsoft carried through on their promise of an ad-free experience throughout the year. Indeed users won’t have to pay a dime to experience the premium Pandora experience on their Windows Phone.

Pandora for Windows Phone 8

In addition, the Windows Phone 8 Pandora app features some unique trimmings on it, including:Live Tiles (double wide, flip to reveal artist info) and Kid's Corner support. That latter feature will enable the explicit language filter automatically if the app is accessed via Microsoft's child controls on Windows Phone 8. Clever.

We’ve had an early chance to play with the app extensively and we’re impressed. It’s fast, smooth and the Live Tiles work perfectly. Having access to that amount of music (and entertainment like comedy) on our Windows Phone is quite fantastic, especially since the audio fidelity is quite high. Nothing in the app feels “ported” or rushed but rather built from the ground up for Windows Phone 8.

From doublewide Tiles that flip to reveal artist and track info, to the ability to pin numerous stations to your Start screen, the Windows Phone 8 Pandora app has it. If a track is playing that you want to purchase, simply head into the Xbox Music Store with one-click to buy. Equally, the app integrates with the social API on Windows Phone, meaning you can share the track you are listening to with ease to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or share the station with your contacts directly.

Watch our video hands on with the app to see Pandora in action, or just head here to the Windows Phone Store to get it now. Full press release below. [Note: links may take awhile to go "live" but it should happen soon enough]. 

Windows Phone 8 only, 512MB of RAM, region restricted.

QR: Pandora

----------------------------------------------------------------------

Pandora Extends Mobile Reach with Windows Phone

Microsoft to offer Windows Phone 8 customers ad-free personalized radio through 2013

OAKLAND, Calif., March 21, 2013 (8:30 a.m. EST) – Pandora (NYSE: P), the leading internet radio service, today announced the availability of its popular mobile app on the Windows Phone platform, extending the company’s leadership position as one of the top apps across all connected devices.

Through more than 1,000 integrations including smartphones and consumer electronics devices, Pandora continues to be an industry leader in mobile and device usage. More than 140 million registered users have accessed Pandora via a smartphone or tablet and more than 75 percent of Pandora's listening occurs on a mobile or other connected device.

Pandora listeners on Windows Phone 8 will enjoy ad-free personalized radio at no cost, courtesy of Microsoft, through the 2013 calendar year in addition to features unique to the platform, including Live Tiles and Kid’s Corner:

  • Live Tiles make the Windows Phone experience highly personalized, allowing people to easily access the features and apps where they spend most of their time. Pandora listeners can pin their favorite personalized radio stations right to the Start screen of their phone to see what’s currently playing at a glance and for easy access to stations recently played without having to launch the app.
  • Kid’s Corner offers a worry free way for Windows Phone customers to share their smartphone with the entire family. Launching Pandora in Kid’s Corner will automatically activate the explicit content filter for instant kid-friendly listening.

The extraordinary embrace of personalized radio on smartphones has enabled Pandora to reach massive scale in mobile listening and over 1 in 3 smartphone users in the US have listened to Pandora in the past month.

Pandora Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Joe Kennedy said, “Pandora has reached a level of ubiquity that allows music fans to tune-in to the best internet radio anytime, anywhere and we are thrilled to bring the experience to even more mobile listeners through the highly personalized platform that Microsoft has created with Windows Phone.”

“Pandora pioneered the personal music experience with individualized stations and it’s a perfect match for Windows Phone, the first truly personal smartphone experience with unique features like Live Tiles and Kids Corner,” said Joe Belfiore, VP, Windows Phone Division, Microsoft Corp.  “Pandora for Windows Phone takes advantage of these features and more to deliver a free personalized music experience exclusive to the platform,” he continued.

Starting today, listeners in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand can download Pandora for Windows Phone 8 from Windows Phone Store at www.windowsphone.com/pandora. More details, including a video are available via the Microsoft Windows Phone News Room at www.windowsphone.com/blog.

 

ABOUT PANDORA

Pandora (NYSE: P) gives people music and comedy they love anytime, anywhere, through connected devices. Personalized stations launch instantly with the input of a single "seed" - a favorite artist, song, or genre. The Music Genome Project®, a deeply detailed hand-built musical taxonomy, powers the personalization of Pandora® internet radio by using musicological "DNA" and constant listener feedback to craft personalized stations from a growing collection of more than one million tracks. Tens of millions of people turn on Pandora every month to hear music they love. www.pandora.com

11
loading...
0
loading...
116
loading...
0
loading...

Comments

There are 317 comments. Sign in to comment

xirsteon says:

Wow. Finally it's here. A relief. Now everyone else can cry about Instagram and then God knows what else after that comes...

starblade876 says:

Right? From all the whining, I'm expecting this app to pay me to listen to music or something.

x I'm tc says:

You don't get a check?

igadget says:

I got a pre paid visa card.

ousooner314 says:

It's an effective way to get apps developed for the platform. Existing users can enjoy these apps, and new users can consider WP as a viable alternative. It's really a win-win.

WinFan1 says:

Just downloaded the application and they did a beautiful job I am really impressed.

Joe Avena says:

Unfortuanly if your on wp7.8 you're SOL.  Will have to continue to use Remote Controlled.

WPhoner says:

Also S.O.L. in Canada, even on wp8, for now anyway. Looks like I will have to wait until wpcentral lets me know when to dload.

aggie says:

an intelligent comment from a Sooner.  Pandora on WP.  Better look up to see if the sky is falling!! :)  In all seriousness, agree with you completely.  Its much more than just having the Pandora service available.  While I'm a huge user of Pandora, I'm more excited that it is one less thing that will keep people from considering a WP8 device.  The more WP users the more motivation devs have to get their apps onto the platform.

wpn00b says:

Hahaha @the beginning of this post. :)

ousooner314 says:

Lol!! The brains stayed north of the red river! ;) Looks like you guys are doing just fine in the SEC! It still feels weird not seeing you guys on the schedule.

aggie says:

haha. North of the Red and Southeast of I-35 lol
It definitely does feel weird.  I grew up a Longhorns fan and most of my friends and family bleed burnt orange. Have many friends in Norman and a few in Stillwater even. And my wife is a Raider.  Losing all of those natural rivalries is tough and I was against it at first but after a season it seems like a brilliant move so far.  Really if nothing else, it helped us get out of our own way with our obsession with only beating Texas.  Now that we no longer play them, every game is a must win.  Talent has always been there, even if not on par recruiting with Texas and OU in previous years.  Coaching and proper mindset was not until the move to the SEC.  Hopefully the success continues and hopefully we will be playing both Texas and OU in the future, either as conference mates if the Big 12 doesn't make it as currently constructed or in bowl games.

pbroy says:

Bring back iHeart!!!!!

aienjell says:

Gonna download this but, iheartradio is missed. This will serve as a substitute until they bring there app back for win8.

Thankfully I have dl iheart before they removed it. It runs ok, but at least I can listen to my local station that is not available on other radio apps.

aienjell says:

I had to uninstall it because it wouldn't play anything anymore.

lubbalots says:

Been crying for wells Fargo app. Would love to see ae, gap, traktor, fidelity, etc. Pandora and instagram is useless to me. But I'm probably in minority.

rubenbest says:

No dude....wells fargo needs one -_-

Odog4ever says:

+1 for missing Wells Fargo app

Mark3dyn says:

I need Wells Fargo and Mint.com apps, you are not alone. 

aggie says:

Wells and Capital One both are needed. The only one of my online accounts I can manage is BofA. If they can do it no reason the other major banks shouldn't. I could see smaller banks waiting for future platform growth, but for the small amount it would cost the major banks to develop an app, it's really a no risk move for them.

Did you try the Wells Fargo App in Web Apps?  I am using the PNC App and it's just like the website.  HTML5 is awesome.

EBynum says:

I was told Wells Fargo is currently working on an app for WP8. Hopefully, it will be released soon.

Wacft says:

Its a little to late. Every complaint I had about Pandora Xbox/Zune Music solved.

afgzee says:

Facebook & Instagram

SleepyTheDon says:

Once we get instagram there shouldnt be anything else to cry about except the ability to back up your games progress incase you have to perform a factory reset or you buy a new device

deadwrong03 says:

we still dont have ruzzle yet

Sean D. says:

People will find reasons... It's a crying shame too.

Quin 2013 says:

Yeah, after all the hate mail I sent them....

TechAbstract says:

Graffiti Radio is better. It's the paid version of Pandora for free :)

NIST says:

Graffiti Radio is great.

avsef says:

It's better than the paid version of Pandora!  I tried Pandora, went back to Graffiti.  Pandora gave me the skip limit crap, even though I'm a Pandora One subscriber.  With Graffiti, I skip to my heart's content.

duoFurious says:

nope, just needed pandora, earths destruction diverted!

RoyalAdonis says:

Yes!! Downloading now, been waiting for this since the WP8 announcement!!

kwajr says:

No way I will use it
Lets support the ones who have been here from day one
Xbox music,slacker,lastfm,etc

Flagz says:

or maybe you can use it and show pandora devs that there's a demand so they'll keep the API's for WP8 Updated and release regular updates. or maybe use it to show OTHER developers of other App's and Games that there is a demand for the Windows Phone Users for popular apps such as Pandora so maybe they'll see a user base and develop for us aswell? idk just saying.

WinFan1 says:

Plus one flagz

Mamacita42 says:

Oh dear God speak the truth!!

Wacft says:

oh yeah I am totally gonna use an inferior app just for that reason....  Maybe we shouldnt use it so they stop wasting time on Pandora and make something better than Xbox Music? idk just saying.

Quin 2013 says:

@Flags; I 100% agree with that.

The people.at Pandora kept telling me that there was no demand for a windows app, which I called their story as bullshit and directed them to wpc forums etc. I guess they finally gave in after so much hate mail.

wpn00b says:

I honestly don't understand the whole "there aren't enough users on WP for us to create an app" argument these companies are spewing. People try it, don't see the apps they need, and then go back to Android or iOS or whatever else it is they use. It makes no sense. Why wouldn't you want your company to be one of the trailblazers on Windows Phone? Case in point, iheartradio is losing users due to not having an app out. Now people will get used to Pandora if it's good enough. Same with Mint...now people are trying PageOnce. 
I have had a more stable and satisfying experience on WP8 than on my iPhone 4 and my company gave me a Galaxy S3 to carry and I prefer my Windows Phone. They are stunting it's growth by refusing to stick their necks out. Can't the revenues from all of the millions of users on iOS and Android cover development costs for porting an app to WP? I have no idea how the economics work in app development, but if some of the generic alternatives out there can be made in someones spare time, how can a large company like Wells Fargo, not put out an app?
 
rant over.  

Quin 2013 says:

You're right about what you said.

I find it ridiculous that companies don't want to make an app for wp8. Comcast told me that because the Tech is so new that they can't keep up and that they may look into it, which I found that answer to be complete and utter bullshit.

so I asked them why they released an app for crappberry even though that the h is newer than wp8? All he could.say was that wp8 tech is too new. By that time I got so fed up with his bullshit I told him that their lack of care to make their video feed work on wp8 and their total bullshit answers and excuses is a driving factor for me to leave Comcast(that and many other reasons they continuously fail at).

PhilR8 says:

Pandora links to XBox Music to let you buy the song you're currently listening to.

wpn00b says:

Cool. I like that about Shazam as well. I setup a Pandora account years ago and never used it. I'm pretty happy with it right now. Ad free helps.

ousooner314 says:

It's your choice whether to use it or not. My preference is for apps to gain support so developers can see the demand and continue dedicating resources to it.

DigitalDK says:

Check the Last.fm last updated date. I wouldn't call that support, the app is a joke. Slacker is meh, I much prefer Pandora and I already subscribe to Xbox Music and thoroughly enjoy it.

ricbon says:

if you havent noticed slacker has updated IOS and Android no a new fresh UI that looks like WP

EBynum says:

And Slacker is working on an updated app for WP8. They told me that when I inquired about it on FB.

TonyDedrick says:

Your logic makes no sense

paulxxwall says:

I do agree for those that have been with us but Xbox music is expensive Pandora is free and so used to it Nokia music is alright I mainly feel bad for devs that built a 3rd party app for Pandora but metro radio was ok but very buggy not familiar with slacker or lastfm

J4rrod says:

Nokia Music

DJRedLine says:

So we wait most of the week for a new app announcement and then somethings released that can't be used by all WP owners.

Prodigy11 says:

Whiners.
 
joebelfiore ‏@joebelfiore 5 min
BTW, (1) if link isn't working, just try again in a bit, and (2) for you non US folks, we'll try to find something else fun in a few days :)

DJRedLine says:

Not whining just a minor frustration :)
If pandora got released like any other app, then i wouldn't be bothered that it was US only.  But when you have a high profile person like Belfiore going on about something is coming then it is a bit frustrating when it is an app that only a small fraction of users can actually use.

ousooner314 says:

It's not quite that simple. Pandora, while restricted in its availability to certain regions, is a high profile app that adds a lot of value (and credibility) to the WP platform.

Sean D. says:

And this is my issue with most of you people these days. Something isn't right and it's somehow MS, or WP fault. Please read, or search, because this is Pandora's choice. Enjoy.

mrcraggle says:

I had a feeling it would be Pandora and even when MS announced it I didn't care. It's a service anyone outside the US can't use so can we all bitch now too?

‏@joebelfiore
BTW, (1) if link isn't working, just try again in a bit, and (2) for you non US folks, we'll try to find something else fun in a few days :)

you can change the locality of your phone, reboot and then download..it should work. There was even an article here about doing that

solidsnakejv says:

You beat me to it, I was going to post the same.

pepsijosh says:

I changed the region on my device and that let me download it on my UK Microsoft Account =)
Only problem is that when I sign in it gives me a region error; now I need is for Microsoft to support VPN's then it'll work...not sure if a proxy will work, but I don't know of a US Proxy server that I can actually trust to test it out =P

adrian1338 says:

why not simply using the other service for music? its not like this would be the only offer :O

paulxxwall says:

Pandora is free and easiest to use hopefully not as many bugs a metroradio which was also ok

Ticomfreak says:

Hidemyass.com

pepsijosh says:

Ledgend! =D
Works perfectly, thanks!

mister2d says:

Not US only.
"U.S., Australia and New Zealand"

Schikitar says:

Yep! I'm in Aus, downloaded, working great!

TMavC5 says:

WOW, this is great....

joeynox says:

Its so hard to choose which music app to focus on. Nokia, Pandora,Xbox,or the others. Sometimes too much choice is bad. Well for me it is

ricardios says:

I agree. I'll give Pandora a try. This is the same with note apps and cloud storage apps, too many now

Warren Dance says:

Last.fm, Spotify...

Flagz says:

I use them based on certain uses. Xbox Music to listen to Music that I downloaded online and Local Artist Music that isn't on a streaming service, Spotify for all my Major Music and Playlist, and MetroRadio (Now Pandora lol) for just listening to find new songs/artist I like and if I'm having a party or get together (so no ones being rude and putting only the music they listen to on)

ousooner314 says:

I've found Pandora's suggestion engine to be excellent. At least when compared to iHeartRadio.

adrian1338 says:

lets just hope that nokia and xbox music will get it sorted out and work together. forget the rest

cedarlog says:

use them all :)

paulxxwall says:

Pandora is free and Nokia music is free and I get the free thing but my monthly bill is high enough if Xbox music would lower price or incorporate with my Xbox live account I would consider but Xbox music is expensive

joeynox says:

This needs to be promoted

mjfadaway says:

I'm renewing my vows with WP8!

jbrandonf says:

Ok, I'll be over here renewing my vows.

mjfadaway says:

My bad I corrected it. Lol...it was early.

ladydias says:

A, E, I, O, U and sometimes Y. ;-)

Montpbm says:

Same here..

jMawl says:

I just renewed my bowels...and ready to start the day!

NIST says:

I just washed some towels.

aienjell says:

Just got back from killing some fowl.

walter1832 says:

Y is sometimes a vowel.

Anaron says:

Why do dogs howl?

jayruguitar says:

I just got kicked in the jowls.

ry6uy says:

Be happy, don't scowl.

NIST says:

Daniel's cats are on the prowl.

itsnavsub says:

Finally it is here. Joe Belfiore teased about more apps on twitter. So this is it.

ricardios says:

Hope there's more apps coming

cckgz4 says:

Bingo. The day Instagram comes is the day I'm interested again 

rubenbest says:

I think its coming sooner than may

Sean D. says:

Wow, dude... what more can they do IN ONE SINGLE WEEK!?

Will try this app and see what all the rage is about. Reading that its built from the ground up for W8P is awesome.

Ozi1950 says:

Just downloaded, no error. Finally, we waited a long time, but its worth it!!

not available on finalnd.. yet, hope it comes tonight

Not appearing in the app store for me US... :/

MacDaMachine says:

Live tiles don't seem to be in HD. Text is very pixelated.

eortizr says:

just as any rushed ported windows phone 8 app.

This doesn't look nor behave like a "rushed port".

rareohs says:

The live tile sure does.

MacDaMachine says:

Yea, I put the live tile next to the WPC tile. Looks like they definitely goofed and put low res on the live tile. Anyone with a 8X/ATIV confirm? (920 owner)

WinFan1 says:

Looks fine to me

This...is...great! And we still have 9 days left in March! Thanks Microsoft and Pandora!

rubenbest says:

What does march have to do with anything

Lx23 says:

lol people getting emotional because of an app...

jasqid says:

Yeah! Just downloaded

andrew120 says:

Pandora is only available in the US where Windows Phone has a lower market share than in Europe for example.
And in Europe, Pandora is not available.
Isn't this funny?
However this app is truly welcomed as Pandora is very popular in US.
Now only if Instagram and 2 or 3 more titles would come, this hopefully make people stop complaining about missing apps.
It's a very good and healtfy sign for Windows Phone platform because having a big name in the marketplace makes other big names create their app for Windows Phone too.
That's the kind of news WIndows Phone news. Kudos to Belfiore and the team which made this happen!
They need to accelarate the pace of releasing this apps, they lost some momentum making people wait for the apps.
 

Nakazul says:

Nice food for thoughts.

mister2d says:

"U.S., Australia and New Zealand"

Sean D. says:

"they", as in who... Microsoft, or the app developers?

andrew120 says:

Microsoft.
They need to work on bringing the top most popular applications on iOS and Android.

inteller says:

kill all the Pandora api ripoff clones now, out of respect if nothing else.  We have what we wanted, let the other apps die.

No, let the market choose.

cannon#WP says:

No way. Not with Pandora not being released for 7.8. We still don't have an official version here.

Bob101910 says:

I still use MetroRadio all the time. Keep the clones at least until (if ever) Pandora comes to 7

PeterFnet says:

There's nothing wrong with a little loyalty. MetroRadio has stuck with me all these years!

isnoozu says:

Pandora doesn't have MetroRadio's disabling the lock screen and the Zunish screen saver and wallpaper. This is very cool for keeping your screen alive while driving...enables "likes" or "dislikes" without having to turn your device back on. Developer was also very responsive to personal requests.

pazces84 says:

This is huge for those considering WP8.

This great news! I wish it had an offline, so I would go over data when out of WiFi range.

sundawg#WP says:

I agree. Pandora is going to have to make this as a next step (offline capabilities) They are falling behind in this department. Considering P1, but offline would clinch it for me.

Quin 2013 says:

Good lord, you do realize that this was just released today?

Try sending them an email to express your concern on this.

sundawg#WP says:

I understand. I'm just thinking about their long-term strategy. And offline is something they should be thinking about for all smartphones.

cddigi says:

Finally, been waiting so long.

G1bbyson says:

Isn't showing in the market on my phone yet ):

jlangner says:

I can not find in store and link gives bad request...overloaded???

soundguise says:

Just an FYI the windowsphone.com/pandora link is showing an error. You aren't the only place to post it so there must be an issue at Microsoft.

Just downloaded it using the wpcentral link 10 min ago, just a mob of people that is all

alvarezjpr says:

Keep them coming!

ScubaDog says:

And....meh. I tried it out and I still prefer Radio Controlled much better.  Once again, all the lame whining about an "official" app results in nothing significant.

cannon#WP says:

Regardless of what you prefer and your opinion on the app's performance, this is huge news. When Every single device I have in my house, including my blu-ray player, has a pandora app, but my phone doesn't, it's a problem.

ousooner314 says:

I wouldn't call it lame. Official apps are needed to show legitimacy and support. Besides, there are a lot of people that prefer official apps to third party apps. Subjective opinions aside, this is great news for WP.

ScubaDog says:

Well, it certainly looks like all the official-app snobs pretend like they couldn't access Pandora, etc., before the official apps came out.  The fact is, third-party apps exist for quite a few services and it's dishonest to pretend that "I don't have Pandora on my WP" when the FACT is that you could have accessed Pandora all along.  I had enough nasty email exchanges with the folks at Pandora over this that I could care less if they ever came out with an official app.  And, now that they have, it's simply lame.  All you official-app snobs need to get a clue.

ousooner314 says:

It's not the notion that you couldn't access the service, it's the branding and reputation that comes with an official app. Whether or not you like Pandora, them releasing an official app is great for the platform. It's one less app to worry about "not having". It's nice to say "Yes, we have it" versus "No, but here are alternatives" because you'll usually lose people at "No".

walter1832 says:

Curious...does anyone know the main differences between this and Nokia Music offering?  I'm just wondering if it's worth a download or not.  If it's the same, i'll just stick with Nokia Music.  Let me know.  Thanks.

MacDaMachine says:

If you listen to a lot of rap, Pandora is 100x better. Can't vouch for other genres. Nokia doesn't have anything that isn't an album. Pandora has tons of mixtapes and a lot of obscure rap artists.

Same here. Sticking with Nokia music. Easy billing, ability to create mixes, unlimited downloads and dedicated India focus.

WinFan1 says:

Now when you say create mixes.. Do...you mean you can choose the songs that go into the mixes?

ousooner314 says:

I've not used Nokia Music, so I can't compare to it. As a Pandora user, I find their suggestion engine excellent in discovering variety (and reducing repetition). I say give it a shot since it's free (and ad-free through the rest of the year).

dtiapril says:

Not sure why people are whining at Microsoft/Windows Phone about this being US only.  
Pandora isn't available outside of the US on any device because they are unwilling/unable to pay UK royalties.  This isn't new, the UK got cut off back in 2008 so I don't understand why people seem so shocked by it.

Warren Dance says:

Who sounded shocked? No one even said it should be out for people outside the US. Only that we waited all this time for the app announcement only to find out it doesn't apply to us. So yeah, shut up?

Sean D. says:

For some reason WP users have become the biggest bunch of crybabies lately. And EVERYTHING is MS/WP's fault.
It's a shame...

lipper2000 says:

Not available in Canada... :-(
Just like Nokia music is not...
 
I've got an Xbox music pass but I like Pandora's channels better... me sad

theefman says:

Should come to Windows 8 as well, would really look and work well there.

Bone Cell says:

Nice! I'm finally getting my Pearl Jam station on Pandora. This was one of the final apps on my list to cross off. Great!

Aggemam says:

Well... I'm from Denmark. It seems we can't have Pandora nor Nokia music. That sucks. Who or what decides these things?

Pandora and Nokia, not Microsoft.

JimiDiGriz says:

I'm in the UK so can't use this anyway but out of interest what does this give you that Nokia Music doesn't?

rhodri22 says:

It's like Spotify

Supposedly Pandora premium, no ads for a year, ability to purchase using Xbox music, plus a lot of music, perhaps a wider selection than Nokia music. Just saw no listening limits.

kingkoopa09 says:

Actually I heard somewhere Pandora has like 18mil, Xbox has like 30 mil iTunes has 28 mil and Nokia has around 16 mil songs now

Not much more, interesting thanks for sharing

Visual360 says:

Looks great. Been using Metro Radio Pro (which is awesome by the way), but this is definitely a welcome released.

Bob101910 says:

Metro Radio is my favorite (free version). Still a good option for those with WP7 that cannot get official Pandora.

ScubaDog says:

I have both Metro Radio and Radio Controlled on my Lumia 900 and my Lumia 920. Both work very well, but I prefer the look of Radio Controlled better. I like BOTH much better than that official Pandora app.

arterbizzle says:

Man this is great, I don't understand all the hate. If you don't like it or use it, good for you. This is a huge name bringing an official app to windows phone. I know a ton of people who love Pandora and this could help attract more users to the platform.

jiffffy pop says:

Now WP needs one more app. Instagram.

Montpbm says:

Three more. Facebook, Temple Run & Instagram.. :)

WinFan1 says:

Updated Facebook. One optimized for wp8

Montpbm says:

Yes, thanks for explaining.

And snapchat, vine, & flipboard, etc.

Montpbm says:

Yep, those too.. Lol

Doesn't show up in App store? From the web site  www.windowsphone.com/blog I tried to install it but it says my family settings wont allow it? I never setup any family settings...

razor1973 says:

Did you find a solution to this problem? I too am getting the same error about Family settings.

Sorry, I rebooted the phone and then searched the app store again and it was there.

johndotcom83 says:

ooops this isnt supposed to be here

PeterFnet says:

I wonder if they'll have to resubmit their app each time the API changes

Sharpmango says:

I wish this was available in the uk. I just watched the Microsoft ad for it on YouTube. Seems like a neat free service. Ahh sucks :(

link68759 says:

Didn't Pandora say they have no interest in wp? And they were arrogant bastards about it too.

Warren Dance says:

That's what I thought. I remember a lot of people back then saying forget them then. We have tons of big name music apps.

pippyo03 says:

Finally but I still like metro radio better

Verkunder says:

Glad it's here, but the live tile needs some work. Just doesn't look right.

I have a question and i will ask it on every post now. Why WPCentral uses now only the Samsung image in posts?

Flagz says:

They don't lol they use all the phones, I actually see a balanced amount of flagship phones used.

Warren Dance says:

They don't? I've seen tons of Nokias used in their articles..

andrew120 says:

Why not use the Samsung phone?
I think it's great they use it!
It's great to see almost the exact flaghsip Android phone running Windows Phone. 
great for the Android fans for example to know there is really a similar option :)
 
Microsoft should do promote the Samsung Ativ S phone as well.

You mean Samsung should promote the Ativ S more...i don't remember seeing times square decorated with Samsung Ativ S...

andrew120 says:

What I mean is it's great WPCentral promotes the Ativ S phone which is very very close to Galaxy S3, a flagship phone for Android.
Nokia doesn't mean anything to the US market.

Probably, i'm not from US. i don't really care about the smartphone sales, benchmarks and stuff like that.
Ativ S looks like a WP S3 so it should have success...but...it's not promoted...

ChazTyldsley says:

Bleh US only service. So far this week of teased hyped apps has been an update to skype which is still behind its ios counterpart, 2 games we knew were coming which have been out 3-4 months on other platforms, and a US only service. All positive steps for the platform sure, but certainly don't deserve a special fanfare... Hopefully Joe Belfiore unleashes a big app tomorrow.

Al_2 says:

I sure hope so. Obviously good to see these things arrive but Joe Belfiore's big app week so far has been disappointing. 

Every time a previously demanded app finally makes it to the platform, why so many comments about apps that are not there. Instagram! Instagram! - I hope MS will get FB to do a Instagram app just so that we will have less complaints about it not being there.

andrew120 says:

I think the same way too.
Also, I personally don't see too much value of Instagram, I don't need it, but I understand people want it.
Microsoft should help by accelerating the creation of these popular services. They lost a big momentum with that.
Windows Phone is almost as good as any other platform.

what about me? the german guy here D:?! :( dafuq Microsoft u promoted this App so strong! and now.. only US - New Zealand and Canda?!? wtf...

andrew120 says:

It's not Microsoft's fault
Pandora, due to music license issues, it's not available outside US, New Zealand and Australia.
go check out http://www.pandora.com and see for yourself

Prodigy11 says:

Nokia Music is better anyways, and it is ad free for good, so I'm not too sad that this is not available in my country :)

andrew120 says:

Might be, it's great Nokia Music exists for Europe.
Having big names like Pandora is great publicity for Windows Phone.
It can make other big names come on the platform. 
WindowsPhone needs this if it wants to be the 3rd logo in the apps list on a service's webpage.

lipper2000 says:

It's not available in Canada

myjota says:

Now almoust all top apps we have.

DJCBS says:

There we go with the region restricted crap. This is very irritating.
Oh well. Since the Spotify App doesn't work and this is region restricted, they deserve every song illegally downloaded.

JPDVM2014 says:

Yea, it sucks that Pandora isn't available outside of a few regions...but I'm sure the licensing requirements to expand are a good enough reason for it.

treetownal says:

It is nice, better than the version on my iphone 5.  
 
Next up...Instagram, Amazon Instant Video, Amazon Cloud Player?
 
Well, fix Other storage first please so I can install some of the new games without a hard reset but I am really liking the momentum now.  

johaas says:

Oh man! I'd love to get those Amazon apps, but I won't be holding my breath.

Yes, I would LOVE the Amazon MP3 player app!

aitt says:

I cancelled my Pandora after they implemented the 40 hr limit. So this has no use anymore. Maybe I'll go back when they realize how useless it was like when they tried to do that to PC users. We have lock access ay work but free WiFi so I would use my phone to play. Still its good to see it official.

Prodigy11 says:

Why are you guys not using Nokia Music? It is imho better than Pandora, and always ad free. And free also, if you don't want to upgrade with a very cheap fee... 

aitt says:

Because the selection for rap genre sucks on Nokia Music

vegdaze says:

I agree. Nokia Music is so easy and superior!

saulgould13 says:

While I appreciate the love this platform deserves, I'll stick with last fm, and have no issues with Nokia music, never was crazy about pandora choosing my flavor of tunes.

Strings78 says:

And of course, WP 7.x users are left without the app. Great way to treat the people that took a chance on your platform and are now stuck on contract Microsoft

dalydose says:

You are aware that Microsoft doesn't make the app, right? Pandora decided that this would be a WP8 app, so your anger is misplaced. Besides, there is (and has been) a selection of 3rd party Pandora apps available, so you still have access to the service.

cannon#WP says:

I think this is the first time that a MAJOR app (non-game), that's been requested since the launch of WP7, will not come to WP7 (or at the very least WP7.8); especially since it's mostly been WP7 owners that were pounding Pandora with request to bring the app to the platform.
 
I can't remember if Belfiore announce it was WP8 only last year but I'm very disappointed that I won't be able to take advantage of the year ad-free listening.

Bob101910 says:

Just use Metro Radio. There are only visual ads and it works in lock screen. It is same thing as Pandora with a different look. Same login, stations, and all

cannon#WP says:

I know. I've been using Metro Radio & Radio Controlled (was actually using the Justin Angel test app too) since they were first released. I was just making a point about the official Pandora app.

jmerrey says:

I'll be anxious to test this against metroradio.

Not complaining at all, but MS should focus on apps that dont have a web alternative, i.e. wait for it, Instagram

cedarlog says:

i bet viber next anyway congratulations for WP users in US

John1506 says:

Love the Tron Reconfigured album cover!

Anyone else in the US having problems with the 8X?

aienjell says:

None on mine, actually pretty solid, def rather iheartradio though, they seem to know what I listen too more accurately.

In Europe we have Deezer and it's kind of the same service.But the fact that big names like Pandora are coming to the platform is great news!This proves that more & more people get into WP8, that means a better updated platform & a solid future, without forgeting the developers who can now see this is a great alternative & maybe think again when deciding not to make apps for us because of weak demand.It's not true anymore :) I love my WP8 device.

Lets hope that world wide availability isn't far away. I got a feeling that we're only getting it in 2014 after MS deal ends with pandora.

cedarlog says:

it depends on pandora

cdbstl76 says:

My GF just switched from iPhone to 920. Her only real complaint was no Pandora. I didn't care, but she is one of the people who aren't necessarily OS loyal, and now she will be happy. So, I don't have to hear about it anymore! Yay

rcballa12 says:

Not that it matters now, but I'm wondering if MetroRadio worked for wp8? I use it for 7. wpRadioNet started having too many bugs.

K_lando says:

Radiocontrolled is another good 3rd Party Pandora app.
I never quite understood people's aversions to 3rd party Pandora apps.... I understand with Instagram half the "fun" of Instagram is the social network, so if you're not tapping into that network, then its kind of pointless.
But Pandora 3rd party apps are unofficial delivery system for actual Pandora streams, and allowed one to log in to their Pandora accounts.  For all intents and purposes, it was Pandora on WP8.  And all anyone had to do was search for 'Pandora' in the Market to find them.

Miistercoool says:

Is it coming to Windows 8 too?

Am I understanding you correctly that there are no ads on this at all? Including during the music?

jtes8 says:

That indeed is a true story.

Jazmac says:

Somebody pinch me.  Its really here.  Awesome.  I got it and it is SMOOTH on my 920!  Thanks Daniel for the review and this post.

bono5112 says:

Wow what a week for WP8

DavidinCT says:

Your link didn't for me for the app...
 
http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/pandora/de2df279-485d-49bb-b53e-3f6a2a9401c1
 
Found it manually... Oh yea, installing this one now !
 
Edit: Cant install, giving a unavailable error (even though the page loads and allows me to click install).. I guess I will try later...

jlynnm350z says:

Let the complaining begin

Jaymil says:

The app is nice but I still prefer using metro radio... The ability to skip more than six songs is way more important to me than a pretty UI.

ResonantEcho says:

Is anyone else at times having problems with the application sharing/posting to Facebook?  And album art not showing on the shared post as well?

jlynnm350z says:

Wow!! This is really nice. I'm impressed.

My first time using Pandora and I have to say that I love it! Audio quality is superb and I love ad free radio!!!

absolutshame says:

@Daniel Rubino

My apologies for overreacting to the missing comment thing the other day. Just recently lost my job and I was a little..well a little sensitive the other day. Again, my apologies if I offended.

ihavewp8 says:

Why apologize you have right say what you want. Also there are millions people still out of work. So don't feel left out. :-P

keol says:

Viber. Just viber. And instagram and i'll shut my mouth

monigal2 says:

Good news for the OS

Pages