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It didn’t take long after the HTC Hero showed up that I went looking for one of my favorite programs, Pandora. I use Pandora on every gadget I own, from the desktop to all my phones. I knew that the folks at Pandora had produced an […]

It didn’t take long after the HTC Hero showed up that I went looking for one of my favorite programs, Pandora. I use Pandora on every gadget I own, from the desktop to all my phones. I knew that the folks at Pandora had produced an Android version — I saw it mentioned all over the place. So I was surprised when Pandora was nowhere to be found in the Android Market.

No worries, I headed to the Pandora Android web site and found that it is indeed out for the Android platform. In fact, the HTC Hero on Sprint is specifically supported.

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I figured since it’s not in the Android Market, for some reason I would just follow the other instructions from the Pandora team to get it:

Pandora Android

  1. Android Market – not there
  2. Visit pandora.com from the phone – gets a “device not supported” page
  3. Scan barcode – tried a couple of apps, but nothing would scan this code

Well, this is certainly odd. Pandora says it supports the Android platform, but not in any form I can find. Did it ever appear in the Market, and is anybody using it on an Android phone?

  1. I would guess it might fall under a developer phone. You should email support@pandora.com.

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    1. I have emailed support but it’s released for general public. No developer required.

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  2. I have a rooted G1 running CyanogenMod-4.0.4 and I’ve got a Pandora application. Haven’t run it in about a week, but it worked just fine then.

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    1. I’m sure if you have it it will work. The problem is it is no longer available from Pandora and I’m trying to find out why.

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  3. I installed it from my G1 before I rooted and applied cyanogenmod. I just tried it and it runs fine over Wifi and 3G.

    Can you post a better image of the QR code or email it to me. I would like to see if my phone can find it on the market.

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    1. The code is on that page in the link.

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  4. I believe it was in the Market at one point but is no longer there for some reason. That’s why I’m asking where is it?

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  5. It’s in the market. It’s called “Pandora Radio.” Works great on my G1. Here’s a page with a QR code that works:

    http://www.androlib.com/android.application.com-pandora-android-qiBm.aspx

    Scan it with the app called “Barcode Scanner.”

    Where are you located? It may only be in the market in certain regions.

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    1. I am in Houston. Searching for “Pandora Radio” in the Market yields a “no matches” result. Searching in the app categories yields nothing either. Are you sure it’s in there?

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    2. That QR code on the page you specified works fine for reading. Unfortunately, it too returns a “no such app”. I believe it’s been removed, can you try it right now?

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    3. Yeah, I tried it before I left the comment– both scanning the QR code and just a search for “pandora” in the market via my G1. Both worked. Maybe because it’s already installed on my phone?

      Very strange that yr not finding it…

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  6. Just checked the market and had no problem. Perhaps Sprint is blocking the application to avoid taxing their bandwidth…

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    1. That’s what I’m trying to figure out. They don’t block it on the Pre, though.

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  7. OK, it’s definitely a Sprint/Hero thing as my G1 can find it in the Market no problem. Sheesh!

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  8. What’s really weird is how the Pandora web site won’t let me play either. Tells me not a supported device. Maybe the Hero’s browser is identifying itself strangely to the the Pandora site?

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    1. Usually those annoying messages can be avoided by setting the browser not to identify itself as a mobile device. That’s under Settings > Mobile view.

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  9. I googled it and found this link:

    http://pandora.android.s3.amazonaws.com/pandora.apk

    Point your Android browser to it and enjoy. You might have to enable third party applications.

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    1. After further googling I found out that its caused by dev phones. When you submit an app you can lock out dev phones.

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    2. This link worked as it is bypassing the Market. I am listening to STP right now. You rock! I’m still waiting on Pandora to tell me why I can’t get it in the Market. It’s being blocked for sure.

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      1. I was having the same issue on my rooted G1 because of the developer status. Thanks for the link but came up with unsuccessful installation.

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    3. Are you sure you have a production device? Go into ‘settings’, then ‘About Phone.’ What is the Model, Firmware Version, and build number?

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  10. I hope you find the answer, this is one of the apps which is a must have for me. Its not worth getting the phone if I cant get into pandora.

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