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What’s Going on with Pandora and Windows Phone 7?

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In between watching the Google news and going to a Dr’s appointment this morning I noticed some news about this bouncing around on Twitter. It is confusing news. What I was seeing was news that Pandora was not going to develop an App for Windows Phone 7. If that holds true that will certainly be disappointing for many, including Microsoft.

But an update on this Boy Genius Report leaves some leeway with this quote from a Pandora spokesperson:

While we’re excited to see companies innovating and while we’re not ready to make an announcement specifically related to the Win 7 phone, we generally want to be everywhere our listeners want us to be.

Ok, well enough. But there is a lot of leeway there in PR speak.

Pandora has become almost synonymous with the mobile smartphone handset game. In fact it has become almost an assumption that your device needs to run Pandora and run it while multi-tasking. Interesting, and like I say confusing, given that Microsoft was touting that Pandora would run the background when Windows Phone 7 was announced.

Warner Crocker is a professional theatre director, producer and playwright and also a Tablet PC enthusiast. He is also a Microsoft MVP for Tablet PCs. Send email to Warner. You can follow him on Twitter or Google+

7 Comments

  1. Sumocat

    12/06/2010 at 7:35 pm

    Between this and Angry Birds, it seems Microsoft took a few liberties in announcing launch partners. As far as Pandora not rushing to Windows Phone, they could see their role on the platform as already being served by Zune. Also, the “don’t look at your phone” approach would not be terribly appealing to a service supported by visual ads.

  2. Frank

    12/06/2010 at 8:13 pm

    I have Zune Pass, Slacker Radio, and Last.FM. Who needs Pandora? Not me!

  3. Frank

    12/06/2010 at 8:13 pm

    I have Zune Pass, Slacker Radio, and Last.FM. Who needs Pandora? Not me!

  4. Seahawk

    12/07/2010 at 8:00 am

    Last.fm baby!

  5. Jwdog

    12/13/2010 at 3:57 am

    Pandora is shooting themselves in the foot by playing hard to get. It doesn’t make sense for them. It only helps their competition

  6. kingduck

    05/14/2011 at 6:40 pm

    pandora is the only free and uncensored music platform that i’ve found. i mean, i don’t know about the rest of you, but i don’t like it when my music is bleeped out. sort of ruins it.

  7. javon

    05/03/2012 at 8:45 pm

    That sucks I really like Pandora on my phone but now that I have the windows 7phone with slacker…who cares about Pandora…their lost.
    SLACKER ROCKS!!!!!!!

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