It might seem strange, but the App Store has only been around for three years. Beforehand, Apple was the only company to officially offer apps for the iPhone, with all the others created by jailbreakers. Now comes word than one of the most popular apps around today, Pandora, actually got its start thanks to the jailbreaking community.
Speaking at GigaOM’s Mobilize conference, Pandora’s CTO Tom Conrad states that his company really took off after the original iPhone was released in 2007, but before the App Store arrived one year later. During that time, Pandora jailbroke the iPhone to start working on software for the platform. Then, the company was ready when the Store arrived in 2008.
Today, 70 percent of Pandora customers listen to music using their mobile devices.
The free Pandora Radio app is available in the App Store.