Music is the stuff that makes people feel better whatever they are going through. Good or bad times, it doesn’t matter. With the right kind of music, you can turn things around for the better. That’s why the music business will never die, instead, it just goes through waves of changes. And when it comes to changes, technology plays a large role. Think of streaming services, online album releases, and even “free” music sources.
When it comes to streaming online, Pandora Radio – or simply Pandora – is one of the most recognizable names. Launched in 2005, the service made quite a number of music lovers all over the world happy. Of course, the industry had something to say about licensing and fees, so recently, Pandora had to make changes to its service. Now, only users in the US, Australia, and New Zealand have full access, which sucks for those of us who are in other parts of the world.
On a positive note, Pandora is now available in the Windows Phone Marketplace. If you’re an avid Pandora user, here’s finally a reason you might consider using Windows Phone – but only if you’re on Windows Phone 8. Pandora for Windows 8 is available for FREE, and the best thing about it is that you’ll have a totally ad-free experience for the entire year. Sure, that’s only nine months at this point, but compare that with the $3.99 per month/$36 per year fee you have to pay for Pandora One for Android and iOS…
Even better, Windows Phone 8 users are exempt from the free listening cap. Users of Android and iOS only have 40 hours of free streaming, but this year at least Windows Phone 8 users won’t have to worry about that!
Chris Welch of The Verge makes a good point: for once, the best version of a popular app is on Windows. Is Pandora for Windows Phone 8 the start of something good for the slacker in the mobile scene? Considering that Microsoft is discontinuing support for Windows Phone 8 next year, it might not matter.
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