Pandora now on Windows Phone, no ads through 2013 if you live in the US

When Microsoft announced Pandora for Windows Phone 8, they stated that all users would get a year free of the platform. Well, it looks like Pandora has finally been released and is now available on the Windows Phone Store.

Joe Belfiore made the announcement on his Twitter account and says that there will be no ads through 2013 for Windows Phone users. Although, according to a follow-up tweet, it looks like the offer is only good for consumers in the US.

While the gesture will surely be appreciated for those of us in the US, if you live outside of this region, you are out of luck. But, Belfiore did state that for those of you outside the US, “we'll try to find something else fun in a few days”.

Any interesting aside to the release of Pandora is that when Windows phone 8 was announced, Microsoft said users would get one year of ad free music, but with today’s release, users will only get about 9 months of ad free music. This likely means that the app missed its release window but either way, it is still a nice gesture by Microsoft. 

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Well they actually came to my school for career day and said they were making a windows 8 app and were 'well aware' of surface

It's a shame it doesn't work in Canada. How hard would it be to get something like this?

Anyway, what's left now? Instagram, an updated Facebook app, and Facebook messenger?

russianmonk said,
Mint mobile app . But I do have spotify so I'm happy.
Mint would be nice but it isn't as popular as Instagram or Facebook Messenger. Once the major apps are updated/added, more and more developers should make WP8 apps. I'm hopeful that we'll see even more iOS/Android apps making their way to WP8.

It's funny, I've been using metro radio on WP8 for about 4 months now and I haven't heard a single ad. You can skip as much as you want. Best bug ever.

I was pumped for Spotify until I saw that the free radio playlists don't work unlike on the iPhone, where you need a subscription. No thank you Spotify.

What do you mean they don't work? I've utilized the Spotify radio just fine. You just can't pick the songs you want to play, but that's not a big deal if you can do that for free.

Overall, the service is quite worth the money I feel. Google Play Music is the only big threat to them, but their services still topple them overall, as Google will only play music I have via cloud, where Spotify will play anything. Probably doesn't hurt that hardly any Android users know much about Google Play Music to begin with either.

When I lunched it on my Nokia and signed in just to listen to free radio, it tells me I need a subscription, so I uninstalled it. Never had that problem on my iPhone.

Unless they updated it recently, I just decided to pay for XBox Music instead.

Edited by briangw, Mar 21 2013, 8:28pm :

Probably an error at the time, or you were trying to play a preset playlist. Regular radio works fine though. I used to hate it actually due to the selection quality being way off, but it's gotten a lot better too.

I'll check it out again but I wasn't the only one complaining. There were people griping about the same thing on various forums.

ahhell said,
"it looks like the offer is only good for consumers in the US."
What a surprise.

Nope! I've got in running and I'm in Australia so it must at least be in a few countries!

Oh well. I believe Europe had Spotify for the longest time (3 years?) before we could get our hands on it. It's a far better service too. /shrug

Exactly. Getting tired of seeing this 'US Only' footnote on these kinda things. Perhaps the rest of the World needs our own Internet and Services.

Easy. What possible OS/hardware requirements would keep this from being available on WP7.5/7.8?

There were already working 3rd party Pandora apps (MetroRadio comes to mind). Why does the official one only support WP8?

Forjo said,
Easy. What possible OS/hardware requirements would keep this from being available on WP7.5/7.8?

There were already working 3rd party Pandora apps (MetroRadio comes to mind). Why does the official one only support WP8?


It's easier and cheaper for developers to stick to WP8. It's experiencing higher growth than WP7.x (pull factor [for WP8]) and the difference in architecture makes it harder to make apps for both operating systems (push factor [for WP7.x]).

Anaron said,

It's easier and cheaper for developers to stick to WP8. It's experiencing higher growth than WP7.x (pull factor [for WP8]) and the difference in architecture makes it harder to make apps for both operating systems (push factor [for WP7.x]).

Sorry, but any app can be compiled to support both WP7.x and WP8. I am not 100% sure which WP8 features the app is exclusively supporting.

Kunal Nanda said,

Sorry, but any app can be compiled to support both WP7.x and WP8. I am not 100% sure which WP8 features the app is exclusively supporting.

That's not true. Any app made for WP7.x will most likely work in WP8 because the latter was designed to be backwards compatible, but not the other way around.

Developers can choose to make an app for WP7.x and WP8 but it won't be as good as one that is optimized for WP8. If it was as easy and harm-free as compiling it for both WP7.x and WP8, then we'd see new apps being released for both operating systems.

See here: http://www.developer.nokia.com...ame_Silverlight_application

Here: http://www.developer.nokia.com...cation_:_Sample_Application

And here: http://blogs.windows.com/windo...-7-and-windows-phone-8.aspx

Oh, and I almost forgot this (features unique to WP8): http://www.developer.nokia.com...%27s_new_in_Windows_Phone_8