Do you know Pandora? If you’re in the United States, where Pandora is legally available, you may have come to enjoy this awesome uber-customizable music radio over the past years. If you’re not in the U.S., perhaps you’ve discovered the beauty of anonymous proxies :cough:, which I’m not going to mention here :p.
But perhaps you didn’t know that Pandora has become available on mobile phones! More good news: It’s available for free on phones that run the Windows Mobile operating system, free on Sprint phones, and free on (some versions of) BlackBerry phones. Ironically, it’s also free on the iPhone, and I say ironically because AT&T apparently is charging—I swear I am not making this up—$8.95 per month to its other mobile customers for the privileges of using Pandora. I mean, I love Pandora and all, but even if I were insane enough to be contributing to the income of the evilness that is AT&T, I sure as heck wouldn’t fork over that much dough for Pandora. For an on-demand mobile music service? Perhaps. But for streaming radio? You’ve got to be kidding.
One other note on the Pandora Mobile offerings: Apparently, I’m not supposed to be able to access Pandora Mobile because T-Mobile phones are not supported. Which is odd, because I’m enjoying streaming music via Pandora on my BlackBerry Curve (on T-Mobile) right now. Go figure. I also shouldn’t mention that I was also able to do this while in Ireland a couple of weeks ago (listening to, appropriately enough, The Corrs on St. Patricks day 😀 ).
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Anyway, if you’re an iPhone user or a non-AT&T subscriber, give Pandora Mobile a go! If you’re an AT&T subscriber, well, heaven help you, and for reasons way beyond this Pandora issue.
[Gee, Adam, tell us what you really think about AT&T :D]
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Okay, okay, I’m thinking I should flesh this entry out a little bit 🙂
Some stuff I like in the mobile app:
– Seems to work internationally (though I can imagine this being “fixed” [sigh])
– Works as a true background app on my BlackBerry!
– Can play through my BB’s speaker (actually sounds decent!) or a headset
– Song-to-song time isn’t bad
– Nice graphics, simple, intuitive interface.
– Access to all my stations 🙂
– Can even view “Why [did Pandora play] this song?”
– Thumbs up / thumbs down works.
Some stuff I don’t like:
– Takes a while to start up the app
– No way to see detailed info on artist or song
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All in all, pretty damn cool! 😀