Third party Pandora app coming to Windows Phone

The other day, we demoed Justin Angel's proof-of-concept Pandora Radio app for Windows Phone. The concept was meant to show that Pandora's system and formats were extremely compatible with Windows Phone and that there's little reason for them to not release an app.

Since we have no final word on if Pandora is bringing an official player to Windows Phone (or anytime soon), Justin has evidently heeded the call of many who asked: He'll release his own Pandora app.

That's good news for us, especially since Angel is more than a competent developer--just give his United Nations News (video) or Neurons (video) apps a spin to get an idea of his excellent work. Speaking of...where are those Mango updates, Justin? :-P

Daniel Rubino
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

13 Comments
  • This is awesome, this is the one thing missing from windows phone that I needed!
  • Thank you!!! : )
  • I fully support this!I have emailed Pandora support many times over the past 6 months and they always respond by saying that they don't have anything at the moment.From what I've seen, they have no excuse. Weren't they supposed to be a launch partner? What ever happened to that?
  • I hope this App become the Pandora's 4th & Mayor
  • Ditto! A classic example of a 3rd party app trouncing the offical one. Kudos @JustinAngel for bringing it to the masses! Anyone placing bets on how long after his app is released Pandora will come out with their offical app? It shouldn't have to be this way - 3rd party developers turning out quality material that basically shame then official app developers in to action.I wonder if @JustinAngel 's app will be free?
  • Doesn't matter... If he develops one, we should all bust open our piggy banks for his effort. I know I will!
  • Thanks Justin! At least someone is doing something since Pandora is dragging their heels.
  • Thanks to Pandora not releasing an app, I've already switched to Slacker. Not trying to troll or anything, but it's really a great service! While it doesn't look as nice in the browser or the desktop app, it has loads of more features and is better at introducing me to new music. I might turn back, but at this point, why?Slacker filled the void. Now all I need is better integration with Google Voice.
  • Kinda in the same boat as you, I just decided to go with MahScrobbler and Last.Fm instead of slacker. Cool thing: If you have a Zune Pass, play a song without your headphones plugged in (or connected for the BT folks) and use Bing Music to tag songs for download later. For your GV trouble, try Free Voice (ironically, it aint free, lol). Not as integrated as say an Android device, but it's aesthetically pleasing and the toast notifications make it worth it.
  • You mean free talk? I've used the 3 more highly rated GV apps and none have push or run in the background. And really it's just data so they should. I have a couple IM clients I use and they have push and run in the background.
  • I, sir, owe you a beer! Thanks for showing up those jerks at Pandora!
  • If you dont .. I will!
  • I appreciate you tackling this! What a rediculous company to decide not write an app for WP7 - for whatever reason. In the meantime, if you really wanted to put pandora on a WP7, the process is really easy if you've updated to Mango.Open your browser, go to pandora.com and sign in. Then, click the ellipsis to show the menu, then click 'Pin to start.' Now you've got a pandora psudo-app that works in the background just like anything else. The only notable difference between this and an app with regards to functionality is that under a lock screen the previous and next buttons are displayed but are not functional. Play/Pause works just fine.