Will Verduzco · Nov 4, 2011 at 09:40 am

Pandora for WP7 Proof of Concept Released!

The concept of services such as Pandora, and internet radio in general, is simply amazing. The ability to create your own personalized radio stations to suit your mood is truly a revolutionary concept. Unfortunately, however, until recently there has been no way to enjoy this from the comfort of our Windows Phone 7 devices.

With the release of Windows Phone 7 Mango and its fully HTML5-compliant browser, WP7-devotees are able to get their fix straight from the web app. The solution is far from optimal, however, as a native app is simply more convenient than a browser bookmark.

Luckily, this is where the hacking community comes in. Thanks to some impressive work by XDA member JustinAngel, we now have the proverbial app for that. Given its diminutive size of just 43 KiB, we can only assume that this is a web app wrapper rather than a fully native client. However, this still beats actually trudging through favorites any day.

As expected, there are some relatively major issues with this release, including the inability to run in the background, the lack of lock-screen controls, and the inability to stream while the screen is off. However, this is certainly a good start! From the thread:

I haven’t seen this talked about on here. Justin Angel has created a .xap that streams pandora and acutally works very well. The only thing it doesn’t do is run in the background and show the now playing media on the lockscreen. If he could get that working, it would be amazing.

If you’re interested in giving this a go on your WP7 device, hit up the original thread to get started!

[Thanks, n8huntsman, for discovering this gem!]
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willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician.
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