ESPN Radio apps lands for all Windows Phones and not just Nokia
We’re not too sure what to make of this but here’s the deal: there’s a seemingly very official ESPN Radio app now in the Windows Phone Marketplace and you can download it to any Windows Phone not just a Nokia.
We mention that because it was only Friday that Nokia came out with the news that an ESPN Radio app should be in the Nokia Marketplace within the next day or two. Well, here we are two days later and there is a very nice ESPN Radio app but it will also load on any Windows Phone. Accident? On purpose? Does Nokia have a ‘special edition’ of the app coming out very soon too? We just don’t know…
We’ve loaded the app on both our Lumia 900 and HTC Titan II and both behave the same—you’ll need to either login with your free account or create one on the fly but once in, it’s your as-advertised Radio app (though our Live radio isn’t bringing anything up). Here are the main features:
- LISTEN LIVE to internet broadcasts of over 35 ESPN Radio stations around the country
- LISTEN to your favorite ESPN shows like Mike and Mike in the Morning, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, The Scott Van Pelt Show, The Michael Kay Show and many more!
- LISTEN to play-by-play from some of your favorite college and professional sports teams*
- LISTEN to 35 ESPN Radio podcasts including The B.S. Report with Bill Simmons, Pardon The Interruption, Around The Horn, Fantasy Focus and Tony Kornheiser Show
- LISTEN OnDemand to SportsCenter - updated every 20 minutes!
- ** NEW ** Create custom stations and playlists with your favorite teams/topics/players/sports/shows
- ** NEW ** Download your playlists for ‘offline’ listening
It’s a version 1.0 of the app and it is made by Expand the Room and not Nokia (though perhaps the Finnish company lent some guidance to its development like they often do). That company, Expand the Room, does have ESPN listed on their site as a mobile client so yeah, this is official.
Either way, if you’re a sports nut it seems like a great to get your hands on while you can. We’ll try to update this story if anything new happens but for now, just head here to the Marketplace and grab it yourself. Thanks, Gatlyn T. and Noe B., for the tips
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OEM developed apps are the only way these oems can differentiate on the WP platform since they cannot skin the OS; not to mention that even on Android, they still have their own apps (i.e. S Voice for Samsung phones).
Who is 'we'?
If Nokia subsidizes the development of ANY app, then what SHOULD happen is what has been happening - Nokia gets an exclusivity period.
If Nokia is allowing you as a HTC or Samsung WP user to get access to this app sooner than expected, then you should be grateful.
Nokia doesn't owe HTC, Samsung, or any other oems anything - and that goes for you as well, if you did not purchase a Nokia device.
Note that this strategy could differ by region. E.g., in India, they appear to have a well-recognized brand, and pushing Nokia may be the most powerful thing they can do, while in the U.S., pushing Windows Phone may be more effective in the short to medium term.
And to subscribe to podcasts, you just go to the Marketplace, pick the podcasts entry, and subscribe to anything listed. Maybe that doesn't work outside the US though.
However, I like schludabub's comment. Make them free for Nokia users and paid apps for others.... Then everyone wins
Get a pair of Klipshe earbuds and rip your mp3's in 320kbps or lossless- there will be no need for 'sound enhancer'!