Pandora for Windows Phone 8

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.

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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 More details, including a video are available via the Microsoft Windows Phone News Room at



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.


Reader comments

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



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 :)

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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... 

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

@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.

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

There's no way to block this app in the list of background apps, no? Currently, it only shows up in the "advanced" list. Is this a requirement to allow music run in the background?

Can somebody give me a W8 phone so I can have a proper experience? I love my WP7 but damn I'm feeling left out, ha. 

I am glad that it is here but I will still primarily use Xbox music since I do go in the mountains of Colorado where no service is available and Xbox music doesn't take data to use

Holy pandora's box Batman! Welcome, finally. I stopped using them when WP7 first came out. Maybe its time to check it out again and consider resubscribing.

And yet us with the Nokia 900 running win phone 7.8 will never see this. Makes me think of the Android segregation over and over. At least all of my iphones can use the same app even on different OSs

So glad to see this happen. I don't even really use Pandora, but I probably will now. This is just awesome.

Glad it is here. Plus no ads and unlimited skips through the rest of this year.... Some people really need to stop complaining and just shut the fucl< up.. Be glad you got it now rather then never. I just hope the WP 7.x guys get it as well. They have a reason to complain...

This is great news! I personally won't be downloading this app; but its just great to know that Microsoft is patching up the holes. They should at least go for one new, popular app a week.

Quote by my GF..."I love the Pandora app! Its better than iPhone! I have 8 stations pinned to start so I don't have to even go to the app!"

Finally an App that works and looks so much better than IOS or Android. Sound quality is impressive!

With metroradio you get unlimited skips..same as the other third party Pandora apps. So I don't see the need to switch

so you guys get the actual 'Pandora One' feature (no ads, higher bitrate) or just no ads, regular bitrate.?

I had a question along the same lines and can answer part of yours.  The App is ad-free and higher bit rate (although you can un-select higher bit rate option in settings if you're in a poor signal area or something like that).  But the 'Pandora One' part is what I'm wondering about.  When I installed the app, I could either sign-up or sign-in.  I wanted all the stations I've rated songs on for years, so of course I chose sign-in option.  I don't know if new users signing up for the first time or just creating a brand new account are having a different experience but I feel a little misled.  The issue I'm having is that although I do have the better bit-rate and ad-free music on my WP8, the option to upgrade to 'Pandora One' is still there on my phone and ads remain using Pandora on my PC.  This was advertised as "One Year of Pandora One coming with App to WP First Quarter of 2013".  I hate to complain about a "gift" here but I made my decision at the end of last year to not renew my 3 yrs running Pandora One subscription due to all those press releases following Microsoft's announcement.  Now the App is finally released about a week before Second Quarter only actually giving a few days more than 9 months ad-free music and it is not 'Pandora One'.  Anyone else feeling a bit deceived? Or know if I'm only not getting 'Pandora One' because I didn't create a new account?

Because Microsoft  initial scope was only for WP8 (to boost sales), now that is on WP8, it will eventually go to 7.8

I just got on windows and I feel so bad for you guy on wp7 I hope wp8 does it better for there customers and hope you wp7 guys switch over

Thank You Great Flying Spaghetti Monster!! Pandora is here and the sun shines a little brighter and the air is just a little sweeter.
Now, if we can just get Insta.... awww, nevermind! Let's just enjoy this for now.

Omg im happy for my wp8 brothers and sisters, although I dont care for this good job msft!! Instacrap next

Something lost in translation it seems..."available" appears to mean "you can't have it for a few days for no good reason" when referring to the southern hemisphere

So how is it working, do you guys got a Pandora One subscription for a year (no ads + higher bitrate) or only no ads with the regular bitrate?

Does the Pandora app allow you to cache stations for offline listening? Didn't see that option listed when Daniel was demonstrating the app in the video.
Personally, I really like Slacker Radio, and they told me they're working on an update for their WP8 app.

I'm so glad this is finally available because it was one of my favorite apps on my iPhone. Downloaded it as soon as I realized it was in the store!

Anyone else have an issue where after closing out the app it will suddenly start playing music? The app doesn't even look like its running in the background but a song will suddenly start playing.

When I went to the marketplace today, my boss gave me a lumia 822 we got Verizion at work, to try out and I saw Pandora I about freaked and grabbed my Lumia 920 and got it and love it. All we need to get is that damn instagram and the apple and droid fanboys will shut up. :)

Who cares? Really? After waiting so long for this, it doesn't really matter anymore and the same thing will happen to instagram.

Is anyone else having problems stopping Pandora from playing? If I disconnect from bluetooth (ie, turn my car off) it switches to loudspeaker. If I unplug headphones, it switches to loudspeaker.
I'm having to use "Stop! The Music" to kill the process.

Of course, us WP7 users are left in the dust.
I don't really see how this couldn't work for WP7 anyway. It basically uses music services (app is located in advanced section of background tasks), something that the "dead" OS has ever since its release.
Whatever, I don't really care anymore. It's gonna be a long wait 'til I receive my "serviced" cyan Lumia 920.

Who cares?! Nokia Music is way better... And I have also been using Slackr, which I've found to be better than Pandora. So long!