Starting September 1, Pandora's 40-hour limit on mobile devices comes to an end, which means you can now choose to fall asleep to Pandora at night without worrying about a limit. However, if you're not one of the lucky few who still have an unlimited data plan on your mobile device, you probably don't want Pandora streaming all night long, eating away the precious data on your tiered plan and sucking your battery dry before your morning alarm goes off.
Pandora's mobile app for iOS and Android has been updated with a new feature for tired users.
The company on Thursday announced that its app, version 4.5 for the mobile platforms, now supports a Sleep Timer. Pandora says that the feature was one of the most-requested options from users.
With help from Sleep Timer, users can determine how long they want music to play as they are falling asleep. After the timer is up, the music turns off.
The addition to the app might be helpful for users, but it's also self-serving for Pandora. The company pays … Read more
Pandora, the most popular radio service on the Internet, will let users listen to music on mobile devices as long as they please starting September 1, following a 40-hour cap set six months ago.
But that's because the company believes it has figured out how to keep people from wanting to listen much longer.
Plagued by rising royalty licensing costs, Pandora in February said listeners who don't pay to subscribe to the service would be limited to 40 hours of free music each month, after which time they would have the option to pay a one-time fee of … Read more
Pandora Media, the company behind the Web's biggest radio service, touted big sales gains in its fiscal second quarter, as mobile revenue nearly doubled from a year earlier -- but investors were dismayed by its outlook for profit to come, pushing shares down in after-hours trading.
The company reigns over the Internet radio market, but it faces an uncertain future, with its leadership unclear just as behemoth Apple prepares to roll out its own Web radio product, iTunes Radio, this fall.
Thursday, Chairman and Chief Executive Joe Kennedy -- who's set to leave Pandora once its board finds … Read more
Pandora says it isn't sweating the coming of Apple's iTunes Radio later this year. In fact, it's looking forward to it.
"I think there are a lot of benefits" from the introduction of iTunes Radio, Chief Financial Officer Mike Herring said Wednesday at the Canaccord Genuity Growth Conference in Boston, Mass. iTunes Radio will bolster the exposure of digital radio and accelerate the move to it from traditional broadcast radio, he said.
Herring also compared the entrance of Apple's long-awaited radio product to the introduction of another behemoth's online music service: iHeartRadio from … Read more
A major bonus of the app is that through the end of 2013, you get the benefits of Pandora's $4 per month/$36 per year paid service, Pandora One, for free. Those perks include no pop-up ads or audio commercials that play between songs, and no monthly streaming limit. However, there is a limit to … Read more
Pandora's latest iOS update includes improved buffering and an autopause feature that stops radio playback when the iPhone listeners mute their phones. It also includes "bug fixes and improvements to keep your music playing as it should."
In other words, the Internet's top radio provider is doing everything it can to keep music playing when you want to listen and turn it off when you don't.
Pandora pays out more than half its revenue in royalties and is doing everything it can to be sure that it's not paying fees on tunes that are … Read more
Music-streaming service Songza has added a premium option for listeners who want it.
Dubbed Club Songza, it offers ad-free listening and twice as many song-skips (12 instead of 6) for 99 cents per week.
Wait a second -- ads? What ads? I've never heard so much as a single commercial while listening to Songza on my iPhone or PC. However, I did notice that the app now forces you to "interact" with an onscreen ad (usually by typing in a word) before you can start listening, which is kind of a hassle.
On the other hand, with … Read more