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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.

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 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

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

317 Comments
  • Wow. Finally it's here. A relief. Now everyone else can cry about Instagram and then God knows what else after that comes...
  • Right? From all the whining, I'm expecting this app to pay me to listen to music or something.
  • You don't get a check?
  • I got a pre paid visa card.
  • Exactly
  • 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.
  • Just downloaded the application and they did a beautiful job I am really impressed.
  • Unfortuanly if your on wp7.8 you're SOL.  Will have to continue to use Remote Controlled.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hahaha @the beginning of this post. :)
  • true.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • true.
  • Bring back iHeart!!!!!
  • 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.
  • I had to uninstall it because it wouldn't play anything anymore.
  • +1
  • 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.
  • No dude....wells fargo needs one -_-
  • +1 for missing Wells Fargo app
  • I need Wells Fargo and Mint.com apps, you are not alone. 
  • 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.
  • I was told Wells Fargo is currently working on an app for WP8. Hopefully, it will be released soon.
  • Its a little to late. Every complaint I had about Pandora Xbox/Zune Music solved.
  • Facebook & Instagram
  • COOKIES
  • 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
  • we still dont have ruzzle yet
  • People will find reasons... It's a crying shame too.
  • Yeah, after all the hate mail I sent them....
  • Graffiti Radio is better. It's the paid version of Pandora for free :)
  • Graffiti Radio is great.
  • 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.
  • nope, just needed pandora, earths destruction diverted!
  • Yes!! Downloading now, been waiting for this since the WP8 announcement!!
  • No way I will use it
    Lets support the ones who have been here from day one
    Xbox music,slacker,lastfm,etc
  • 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.
  • Plus one flagz
  • Ditto
  • Oh dear God speak the truth!!
  • 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.
  • @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.
  • 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.  
  • 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).
  • +1
  • Pandora links to XBox Music to let you buy the song you're currently listening to.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • if you havent noticed slacker has updated IOS and Android no a new fresh UI that looks like WP
  • And Slacker is working on an updated app for WP8. They told me that when I inquired about it on FB.
  • Your logic makes no sense
  • 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
  • Nokia Music
  • US only :(
  • Sucks
  • 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.
  • 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 :)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • You beat me to it, I was going to post the same.
  • 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
  • why not simply using the other service for music? its not like this would be the only offer :O
  • Pandora is free and easiest to use hopefully not as many bugs a metroradio which was also ok
  • Hidemyass.com
  • Ledgend! =D
    Works perfectly, thanks!
  • Not US only.
    "U.S., Australia and New Zealand"
  • Yep! I'm in Aus, downloaded, working great!
  • WOW, this is great....
  • 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
  • I agree. I'll give Pandora a try. This is the same with note apps and cloud storage apps, too many now
  • Last.fm, Spotify...
  • 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)
  • I've found Pandora's suggestion engine to be excellent. At least when compared to iHeartRadio.
  • lets just hope that nokia and xbox music will get it sorted out and work together. forget the rest
  • use them all :)
  • 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
  • This needs to be promoted
  • I'm renewing my vows with WP8!
  • Ok, I'll be over here renewing my vows.
  • My bad I corrected it. Lol...it was early.
  • A, E, I, O, U and sometimes Y. ;-)
  • Same here..
  • I just renewed my bowels...and ready to start the day!
  • I just washed some towels.
  • Just got back from killing some fowl.
  • Y is sometimes a vowel.
  • Why do dogs howl?
  • I just got kicked in the jowls.
  • Be happy, don't scowl.
  • Daniel's cats are on the prowl.
  • Yay!!!
  • Anyone else getting an error?
  • Me
  • I am
  • Finally it is here. Joe Belfiore teased about more apps on twitter. So this is it.
  • Hope there's more apps coming
  • Bingo. The day Instagram comes is the day I'm interested again 
  • I think its coming sooner than may
  • 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.
  • 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... :/
  • Live tiles don't seem to be in HD. Text is very pixelated.
  • just as any rushed ported windows phone 8 app.
  • This doesn't look nor behave like a "rushed port".
  • The live tile sure does.
  • 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)
  • Looks fine to me
  • This...is...great! And we still have 9 days left in March! Thanks Microsoft and Pandora!
  • What does march have to do with anything
  • lol people getting emotional because of an app...
  • Yeah! Just downloaded
  • 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.
     
  • Nice food for thoughts.
  • "U.S., Australia and New Zealand"
  • "they", as in who... Microsoft, or the app developers?
  • Microsoft.
    They need to work on bringing the top most popular applications on iOS and Android.
  • 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.
  • No way. Not with Pandora not being released for 7.8. We still don't have an official version here.
  • I still use MetroRadio all the time. Keep the clones at least until (if ever) Pandora comes to 7
  • There's nothing wrong with a little loyalty. MetroRadio has stuck with me all these years!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Good lord, you do realize that this was just released today? Try sending them an email to express your concern on this.
  • I understand. I'm just thinking about their long-term strategy. And offline is something they should be thinking about for all smartphones.
  • Finally, been waiting so long.
  • Isn't showing in the market on my phone yet ):
  • I can not find in store and link gives bad request...overloaded???
  • 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
  • Keep them coming!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Now when you say create mixes.. Do...you mean you can choose the songs that go into the mixes?
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • For some reason WP users have become the biggest bunch of crybabies lately. And EVERYTHING is MS/WP's fault.
    It's a shame...
  • 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
  • Should come to Windows 8 as well, would really look and work well there.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Looks great. Been using Metro Radio Pro (which is awesome by the way), but this is definitely a welcome released.
  • Metro Radio is my favorite (free version). Still a good option for those with WP7 that cannot get official Pandora.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Now WP needs one more app. Instagram.
  • Three more. Facebook, Temple Run & Instagram.. :)
  • Facebook?
  • Updated Facebook. One optimized for wp8
  • Yes, thanks for explaining.
  • And snapchat, vine, & flipboard, etc.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • ooops this isnt supposed to be here
  • I wonder if they'll have to resubmit their app each time the API changes
  • 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 :(
  • Didn't Pandora say they have no interest in wp? And they were arrogant bastards about it too.
  • 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.
  • Finally but I still like metro radio better
  • 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?
  • They don't lol they use all the phones, I actually see a balanced amount of flagship phones used.
  • They don't? I've seen tons of Nokias used in their articles..
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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.
  • It's not available in Canada
  • Now almoust all top apps we have.
  • 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.  
  • 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!
  • 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... 
  • Because the selection for rap genre sucks on Nokia Music
  • I agree. Nokia Music is so easy and superior!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • i bet viber next anyway congratulations for WP users in US
  • Love the Tron Reconfigured album cover!
  • Anyone else in the US having problems with the 8X?
  • 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.
  • it depends on pandora
  • Yahoo...
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • That indeed is a true story.
  • 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.
  • Wow what a week for WP8
  • 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...
  • Let the complaining begin
  • 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?
  • 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!!!
  • @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
  • Thanks :)
  • Viber. Just viber. And instagram and i'll shut my mouth
  • awesome!
  • Good news for the OS
  • 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. 
  • Oh Lawd!
  • 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
  • +1 on the mountains! :)
  • It does seem well polished, maybe this will replace my Last.FM. Lately it's been acting up.
  • 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
  • Pandora is taking advantage of capabilies WP7 doesn't have, but that doesn't mean it will never come to 7.8
  • Now. Make a decent Facebook app. Update please.
  • What exactly does that mean??
  • I knew this already found out on this 2days ago from another blog site. Just too slow Danny boy lol...
  • Yeahhh
  • Worth the wait. If all apps are this good and not a quick port I will be happy.
  • There's a download on Xbox music button!
  • About damn time...one down, many to go (Instagram, Wells Fargo, Mint, etc)
  • Uh oh live tiles just stopped working
  • Purchase Purity WH-920 yesterday. Pandora released today. Coincidence I think not.
     
  • 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...
  • Finally, somebody else understands! 
  • 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!"
  • Pinning is the best feature of WP :)
  • 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?
  • Finally its here now waiting for instagram
  • Somewhere a turnip is devoid of all fluids.
  • So AWESOME! Well made app and it's great to see it on WP now. Well done!!!!!
  • I'll stick to metrotube. No ads and no skip limit :)
  • Wish it worked in Canada.
  • Excuse my language but why the hell can't Pandora be available for WP 7.8 users?!?
  • Because Microsoft  initial scope was only for WP8 (to boost sales), now that is on WP8, it will eventually go to 7.8
  • Contact Pandora to ask them why they made it WP8 exclusive. I doubt this has much to do with MS.
  • So I can only assume this is not available in Canada like Nokia Music, Spotify, Hulu, HBO GO, and all the great services?
  • Its not on WP 7. This OS is officially dead
  • Sucks, doesn't it? Not that I use Pandora but WP7 getting left behind rapidly..
  • 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
  • Lol, searched for Pandora in the store from Canada and got Fark Nuke Pro... I wonder what makes it pro...
  • Lol!!!!
  • 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?
  • No Canada! :(
  • Love it
  • Fantastic. Another great app windows 7.x doesn't support.
  • 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 dont care about pandora... but its a good news for WP! bring instagram next pls!
  • The app is not available for your device.
     
    :(
    on 8x..
  • It probably your country not your device...
  • :'(. I'll have to stick with Xbox... Its not available in my country. No Nokia ir Spotify either.
  • Soon my friend soon
  • 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.
  • Sorry, but you have to direct that toward Pandora. For whatever reason they made it WP8 only.
  • This is so about time, its not even funny...haven't stopped listening since I installed.
  • 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.
  • How come it's not available in the UK???
  • Finally got on this wagon.  Worth it so far. 
  • 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.
  • After pausing, it seems to start up randomly for me too. Doesn't seem to matter if it's on BT or headphones.
  • 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!