Hands on with the first Pandora app for Windows Phone: MetroRadio

Yesterday we broke the news of the first Pandora app for Windows Phone called MetroRadio. Built off of the public SDK for Pandora by Justin Angel, developer Mustafa Taleb (see his other apps) has been quickly working to get to this app to the Marketplace. We now have our hands on the XAP file for this sneak peek.

Keep in mind, the app is still in development so this isn't the final version. Overall though, it works as advertised bringing down your radio stations, allowing you to add and rename stations, like/dislike and skip-track. It's a bit vanilla in design, but clearly these are things that can be addressed in later versions. Being a full Mango app, it of course uses the Zune controls and plays in the background.

Not bad at all for an early attempt and assuming it gets past the Marketplace, it should fill the void many are feeling with no official Pandora application.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • I'm happy to see this coming. Pandora should be embarrassed that they haven't released an app yet and this developer only took a few weeks to get one out! Good on you sir!
  • I am giving up my iPhone for the Titan once I get it.  Nevertheless, I am glad this app may come to WP7 because I use Pandora EVERY DAY.
  • ooh... he's got ads on it. That's certainly one way to accelerate Pandora taking it off the market. Making money off their service without their consent is not gonna fly probably.
  • True, but he was smart enough not to use "Pandora" anywhere within the app.
  • haha, yeah... not sure it would matter though. Really should get rid of the ads.
  • I'd rather he put ads on it than charge money. I do believe he (and any developer) deserves to be compensated for their development work. 
    If Pandora does pull the app what are they going to say? "Yeah, we don't have anything in development ourselves but we would prefer if we could tell our advertisers that we are preventing more people from listening to their ads..."
  • After Pandora forces MS to take the app off the marketplace, I wonder if they will have a way to block the app for users that have already downloaded it. All I know is I am going to be downloading this puppy the second it hits the marketplace if it clears MS. I think MS should clear it just to stick it to Pandora. They are just like Yelp...no interest in supporting Windows Phone.
  • The dev can do what imagewind did and release the xap to chevron unlocked devices...
  • I get your point, but Yelp has an app in the marketplace.
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