UPDATE: July 10, 2008. We see from the comments that many of you want Pandora on the iPhone. It’s available now — enjoy!

Lots swirling around in the blogosphere today after our Pandora Everywhere announcements last night. The one element of last night’s event that I didn’t blog about here is the prototype connected media player we showed at the end of the night.
There’s been some confusion about just what we showed last night and I thought I’d post a couple of photos and give you the direct scoop.
Here’s roughly what I said at the event:

“Looking into the crystal ball a bit, there are two changes on the horizon that we’re really excited about and those are Muni WiFi which has the potential to bring ubiquitous WiFi coverage to urban centers and WiMax which has the potential to blanket the country in a high speed network that you can access at 60 miles per hour in the middle of nowhere. While these technologies aren’t here today, they are fast approaching — Sprint alone is making a billion dollar investment in WiMax services.
One of the most interesting startups in the bay area right now is a company called Zing. They’re building a really cool platform that enables WiFi connected media players. They’re the company behind the new WiFi-connected Sansa Connect media player.
Three weeks ago when we started preparing for tonight, I called the team at Zing and asked if they’d be willing to take the Pandora Everywhere Platform and work with us to quickly develop a technology demo of Pandora running on a WiFi connected device. Here we are three weeks later and I’ve got something very cool to show you.
This is a handmade prototype of a WiFi connect Pandora media player. I should caution at this point that this is a tech demo only — there are lots of things that need to fall into place before something like this could be brought to market, not the least of which is we need ubiquitous WiFi access.
The really cool things about this prototype is that it was just three weeks in the making. the Pandora Everywhere Platform is going to let us bring Pandora to all kinds of places that you just can’t reach with a website alone.”

Some important things to note about all of this:

  • It was just a technology demo; it really wasn’t a product announcement
  • It was built by Zing and Pandora – SanDisk wasn’t involved in any way
  • Pandora has no plans to bring a Pandora-specific device to market

I’m not being coy here. This isn’t a “wink-wink-nudge-nudge it was just a demo” kind of thing. It really was just a demo. We’re excited to find out where this may lead, but it’s still very early days. As I said last night, this all came together just 3 weeks ago. We’re certainly not desperately racing off to do direct battle with the iPod. As has been observed in other quarters, that would be a strategy to approach with great caution.
As cool as the Zing/Pandora demo is, the real news last night was Pandora for Sprint and Pandora for Sonos. Both are available now and are quite real.
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Comments

  1. Brad
    October 07, 2007 at 7:38am
    Yes please....Pandora on an iphone would make me buy both! The iphone already has the car interface and unlimited data plans. All we need is a compatible web app. Please, please, please!
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  2. jason
    October 10, 2007 at 1:55pm
    i'd pay for service with the iphone.
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  3. akulavolk
    October 17, 2007 at 8:56pm
    Another vote for Pandora on iPhone. Bring it on! :-)
    Reply
  4. kristin
    October 25, 2007 at 10:41pm
    Please!! I want it on my iPhone!! Clearly so do tons of other people, come on!!
    Reply
  5. dwest
    December 20, 2007 at 11:05am
    +1 iPhone
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  6. Harry
    December 20, 2007 at 2:06pm
    Pandora on the iPhone please.
    Reply
  7. austin
    December 30, 2007 at 11:57pm
    pandora on iphone please! make it a subscription access url, i dont care, just do it
    Reply
  8. nick
    January 04, 2008 at 12:39am
    i'm a broke college student with a grandma that loves him very much, and i'd also kill for pandora on my new iphone. i would rather listen to a couple 15 second commercials than pay a fee but whatever your service rocks. i know it's something on apple's end right now. gotta get their asses up and enable flash. im told it's happening in February.
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  9. ttk2
    January 04, 2008 at 6:10pm
    austin where did you get that info post a link plz. Also i would kill for Pandora on the iphone
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  10. MacAddict
    January 10, 2008 at 11:55am
    +1 for pandora on the iPhone! I am against saying I would pay for something before I've actually used the feature, but this is an instance I probably would figure out a way to scrape together $1 - $5 a month. I'd never pay more than $5 a month and it would have to come with some pretty neat bells and whistles on top of the standard interface for me to shell out $5.00. But yeah, starving college kid from the states living abroad with iPhone... Please pretty please! I'll be a good boy and stay off of CNN!
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