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No iPhone Pandora

9:10 AM -- AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is unleashing the Pandora online music service on eight of its cellphones but not on its most popular gadget, the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone.

Pandora is a predictive music service that allows the user to pick an artist or song and then -- by analyzing the musical elements of the track -- find a follow-up it "thinks" the listener will like. I'm a long-time user, and the system is often scarily good and sometimes amusingly off-base with its picks, but always entertaining. (I hadn't heard Judas Priest in about a thousand years.)

AT&T is going to charge an extra $9 a month to use the service. CDMA rival Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) already offers a mobile cut of the music application.

You'd think that the iPhone, which attracted over a million new users to AT&T over the summer, would be an obvious platform for such a cool new service. The Apple phone, however, does not yet support AT&T's faster 3G high speed packet access (HSPA) network, which seems to be a requirement for the music download service. The application is, however, going to be offered on the Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) RAZR2, which can run on the faster network.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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