Today, Pandora released an official application for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system. The new app is only compatible with newer devices and leaves out legacy Windows Phone 7 users.
The new app provides an ad free experience with no monthly streaming limit throughout 2013. This excellent marketing strategy gives the Windows Phone app a strong advantage over its iOS and Android counterparts.
In addition, the application makes use of Live Tiles and other Windows Phone features to deliver a custom tailored experience – you have the ability to pin your favorite stations to the start screen for quick access, see what song is currently playing on your live tile, and launch Pandora in Kid’s Corner with explicit content instantly filtered.
Windows Phone 7 users are left out of this application launch and will instead have to delegate their Pandora use to a third party app such as MetroRadio.
In the meantime, Slacker Radio users like myself are still waiting for an update to make the official app more stable. If Slacker Radio doesn’t pull through by the time I update to Windows Phone 8, I might just switch to Pandora.
Another great alternative to Pandora and Slacker Radio is Nokia Music, which is only available for Nokia Lumia devices, but provides a first class radio experience. Nokia expects to launch its music service for Windows 8 and Windows RT devices later this year.
Download: Windows Phone Marketplace[The Verge]