As streaming music services go, Pandora has managed to sweep away initial misgivings of a computer’s ability to assess and predict musical taste (“what do you mean I like The Proclaimers?!”) and carve out a healthy niche of listeners tired of back to back advertising and the same old top-ten songs on normal radio. What’s been needed, however, is a way to take this personalised service with you when you go out, and it looks like Sprint is the first to step up and offer it.
Costing $2.99 a month (as long as you already have a Power Vision data connection), and with a free 30-day trial, the Pandora account is synchronised between the web-based player and the cellphone; up to 100 stations can be saved. Starting now, the software will be preloaded on new sales of the FUSIC by LG, A900 and A920 by Samsung, and 7500 and 8400 by Sanyo, and available as a download for other handsets; by June it will be standard on all Power Vision phones.