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Windows Phone 8 Gets Official Pandora App

With the Spotify app that launched in February 2013 for the Windows Phone 8, Pandora has now responded by releasing their competing app. During the Windows Phone 8 launch event, as Microsoft's Joe Belfiore took us through the lists of popular apps to be released, it was revealed that not only is the Pandora app being released immediately, but that it is also accompanied by a free first year ad-free listening experience.



The free app has many features that elevate it above other music streaming services, most notably that it integrates seamlessly with the phone, using not only up to three Live Tiles but also utilizing the Kids Corner. Pandora is so far the only app capable of automatically filtering out any explicit content from their songs when the feature is enabled. 

The service will only be available for the Windows Phone 8, while anyone using the Windows Phone 7.x will need to use other methods to access Pandora. For more info on the Windows Phone 8 events and announcements, look at the window blog associated with it here, or watch the YouTube video below, which explains the phone and its features.

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  • kawininjazx
    I've never heard of pandora? Is that new? /sarcasm

    You would think a huge app like this would be ready at launch.
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  • grantwar
    The Nokia Music mix radio app that come free with the lumia's is a far better service in my opinion. No ads and loads of content...this is a waste of time if your already using a Nokia WP device, and to be honest, the Lumia 920 is by far the best Windows Phone 8 device out there at the moment. (ex. samsung fan)
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  • CaedenV
    kawininjazxI've never heard of pandora? Is that new? /sarcasmYou would think a huge app like this would be ready at launch.It was promised at launch and I am not sure why it took them so long for it to come out.

    At any rate, with web apps I am not entirely sure what the big deal is. I mean Pandora.com has always run great from day #1 on my Lumia 920. Don't get me wrong, I am enjoying the lack of commercials, but the app is no better than the website from a functionality perspective... and in fact does not have the full functionality of the website to begin with, so when the commercial free aspect stops in a year I will probably just revert back to the web page anyways.

    Now if only we could get Data Sense up and running on ATT, and if we can get Wallet to be supported by banks so that I can use my phone for NFC payments. Especially the NFC payments thing, if that is not working by the time my contract is up then I will move to Android no matter how much I love the rest of my WP experience.
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  • Youre a bit late, about 5 days ago i read about this elsewhere
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  • janetonly42
    This phone is still alive? Thought it already went the way of the Zune.
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  • lpedraja2002
    There have been unofficial Pandora apps for a long time even on Windows Phone 7 so this isn't really exciting.
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  • lradunovic77
    who cares
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  • belardo
    So its one of the few real apps for WP8... and only 8 people downloaded.
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  • alextheblue
    grantwarThe Nokia Music mix radio app that come free with the lumia's is a far better service in my opinion. No ads and loads of content...this is a waste of time if your already using a Nokia WP device, and to be honest, the Lumia 920 is by far the best Windows Phone 8 device out there at the moment. (ex. samsung fan)The Lumia 822 isn't bad either if you're stuck with VZW for coverage/bundling reasons.
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  • killerb255
    As much as I love Windows Phone, Microsoft moves WAY too slow for a 21st century computer.

    Somebody needs to sit everyone down at Microsoft and say "Release in three months, or you're out of a job." "Release any product that is not ABOVE the competition, and you're gone! No more 'me too'!" No exceptions, no excuses, no mercy. Strike one = you're out!
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