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Do you use MetroRadio and/or RadioControlled for your Pandora interaction on Windows Phone? Then you may (or may not) have noticed that those apps have stopped working...again.

Reason? Simple, really. These apps use undocumented APIs to access the Pandora service. Pandora, for whatever reason, changes them on occasion breaking app functionality. Are they doing it on purpose to disrupt these apps? Who knows, maybe or maybe not. What we do know is that it means you'll have to wait till both developers update their apps to fix it and from what we've heard, both devs are hard at work on fixing it.

Until then, MetroRadio is "hidden" from the Marketplace and RadioControlled has submitted their fix (and "future proofed" it against this type of situation occurs again).  Stay tuned though, we'll give you a tour of the new working Radio Controlled soon enough.

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We're not here to choose which is the best 3rd party Pandora app, we're just here to tell what's new and what's coming.

MetroRadio v3.2 - MetroRadio has been pushing out many updates lately and 3.2 brings some nice changes. First off is the new feature called MetroMP3, a built in search engine that allows you to look for individual songs and stream 'em. It basically augments the Pandora funciton and is useful if you want to listen to a specific tune at the moment.

The Live Tiles also now update with each song and you can pin "Now Playing" to your start screen for quick and easy access, that's in addition to fixes for all known bugs. You can grab v3.2 now in the Marketplace for free here.

Radio Controlled v1.1 - The second Pandora app in the Marketplace, Radio Controlled continues to be refined and v1.1 goes a long way to making this app even better. We detailed this version a few days ago and it's not live. It includes new features including enable/disable auto play, artist song info in volume controls, Music Hub integration, History (view, rate, buy song), Stop command and bug and playback stability fixes. In other words, a pretty huge update.

What's more, we're playing with v1.2 right now and it has one massive new feature besides some UI changes: Last.FM support. Yup, with the next update you'll be able to login to your Last.FM account and do some 'scrobbling' on the go all within this app. Look for that in the coming weeks. You can pick up Radio Controlled v1.1 here in the Marketplace for free.

QR codes after the break...

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The third-party Pandora app Radio Controlled has been met with high praise since its launch last week. It now sits with 4.5 stars out of 55 reviews, making a it quite a hit with you folks who need your music DJ on the go.

Still, a version 1.0 is only an initial attempt and the developer, Bushwood Studios is hard at work with v1.1 which adds a bunch of fixes, tweaks and a few new features as well. We've been running it for the last 24 hours and really like the changes, some of which you can see above in our screenshots:

  • History - View up to the past 10 songs that have played, with options to rate and buy from Zune or Amazon.
  • Station Details - From the Stations page you can drill into a station to Rename, Delete or Pin to the home screen
  • Stop - Some reviews asked for the ability to stop playback.  This will stop playback and remove the song from the volume controls.
  • Muic & Video integration - Radio Controlled now shows up under apps in the Music Hub
  • Bug Fixes including changing stations reverts to old station issue and some pause/resume stability fixes.

The update should be submitted very soon to the Marketplace, meaning we can expect this either this weekend or early next week--we'll keep you posted. If you want more features, contact that dev via the app and he'll start adding things for version 1.2.

For now, you can grav version 1.0 for free in the Marketplace right here or click-to-enlarge the QR code below.

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We showed you Radio Controlled last week--the new third party Pandora app from Bushwood Studios. The app itself has quite a nice design to it with a large "Live Tile" in the center, auto login and song-preview featuring the album art.

We're happy to report now that the app is live in the Marketplace, ready for you to take it for a spin. The app is of course free with ads and we think a lot of you will really dig the app's layout. Just as you expect from a Pandora player you can log in to your account, pick stations, create stations and stream in the background. You can also get more artist info via Zune, Pandora and Amazon, which is a nice touch not to mention the Live Tile for your start screen.

The app isn't yet listed in the Marketplace, but we have you covered. Head here to the Marketplace to get it now, click-to-enlarge the QR code below and check our video-sneak peek after the break.

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