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  • Pandora Lifts Monthly Free Listening Limit Ahead of iTunes Radio Launch


    As Apple gets ready to launch its iTunes Radio service for iOS 7, Mac and PC, the popular Internet radio service, Pandora, is making moves to ensure that the iPhone maker doesn’t crowd it out of the segment. On September 1, Pandora will lift the 40-hour-per-month limit the company has had in place on free mobile listening since March of this year.

    Speaking during the company’s quarterly conference call, Pandora CFO Mike Herring attributed the decision to improvements in Pandora’s advertising business, as well as the development of “surgical techniques” such as skip limits. According to Herring:

    Our investment in advertising infrastructure and implementing smart levers such as reducing song skipping and limiting mobile listening have helped us drive monetization and manage content costs, as reflected by the increase in RPM and a decrease in content costs as a percentage of revenue. When we introduced the 40 hour mobile listening limit, we were confident that our scale — over seven percent of total radio listening and Pandora's number one ranking in most major markets — would allow us to take this action without impacting our key monetzation initiatives in driving the disruption of the radio advertising market and driving our mobile advertising leadership.
    The recent announcement marks the second time that Pandora has put a free listening cap in place and then lifted it. The last cap lift occurred in September 2011. Pandora is the largest radio station in nearly every major market in America. The service is available on more than 1,000 consumer electronic devices and roughly one-third of all new cars sold in the United States in 2013 will have access to Pandora. The service is also the third-largest generator of mobile ad revenue, following Google and Facebook.

    Even though it struggled to control music royalty expenditures, Pandora has grown to become a big player in the digital music business. The streaming industry has grown increasingly crowded as several tech companies such as Google and Microsoft have made their own streaming services online. Most recently, Apple announced that it would be joining the fray by adding iTunes Radio to devices running iOS 7, Macs, PCs, and Apple TV devices. Apple’s option will likely launch alongside iOS 7 sometime in September.

    Apple’s model has already been established as a threat to Pandora, given that it will be built in to all of Apple’s devices and will likely feature the sort of functionality that only comes with deep integration. As of right now, iTunes Radio has already begun attracting ad buys from major brands such as McDonald’s, Nissan and Pepsi.

    Time will tell how successful Apple’s endeavor into the music streaming space will be but existing services such as Pandora will definitely give it a run for its money.

    Source: Pandora
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Pandora Lifts Monthly Free Listening Limit Ahead of iTunes Radio Launch started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. JeremiahSantos's Avatar
      JeremiahSantos -
      this is very unfair...
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      I had no idea there was a monthly cap. Apple built iRadio to add value to its products. Pandora struggled for years, much like Netflix did, in order to turn a profit. The licensing fees these streaming services pay are huge. That said, Apple is fine losing money on iRadio if it convinces people to buy their hardware, where they make the big bucks. It will be interesting to see if companies like Pandora and Spotify are able to compete against a service that doesn't need to be profitable to be successful.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      HAHA^ I did the same before I went to iOS 7. When you skip 90% of the songs played, who cares about streaming :]
    1. Shigoroku's Avatar
      Shigoroku -
      Quote Originally Posted by politicalslug View Post
      I had no idea there was a monthly cap. Apple built iRadio to add value to its products. Pandora struggled for years, much like Netflix did, in order to turn a profit. The licensing fees these streaming services pay are huge. That said, Apple is fine losing money on iRadio if it convinces people to buy their hardware, where they make the big bucks. It will be interesting to see if companies like Pandora and Spotify are able to compete against a service that doesn't need to be profitable to be successful.
      App Store. That's where the big revenue is generated.
    1. ABOSWORTH's Avatar
      ABOSWORTH -
      If you have Pandora Downloader, don't update the app yet. I did yesterday or the day before and now Pandora crashes when I try to open. Hopefully the developer will update PD soon. Until then, no Pandora for me.
    1. Roadw3's Avatar
      Roadw3 -
      I was wondering if the new update effected that or not. Thanks for trying it and letting us know.

      As far as Pandora goes it used to be a great service but once "pandora one" opened it seemed like advertisements went through the roof. I'm not just talking voice ads, video ads, and tons of damn popups. It's my data they are eating up running 30 second or one minute ad videos. Which I know it's my choice to use them but I really cut back using them just wasn't worth it.
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Some of the comments are here are just pathetic. Crapple? It's an Apple website. Find somewhere else to troll. Just so lame.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      So I don't need pandora skips on cydia anymore?
    1. onski's Avatar
      onski -
      Quote Originally Posted by ABOSWORTH View Post
      If you have Pandora Downloader, don't update the app yet. I did yesterday or the day before and now Pandora crashes when I try to open. Hopefully the developer will update PD soon. Until then, no Pandora for me.
      Im pretty sure i saw an update this morning when i opened cydia. I just downloaded the updated pandora and pandora downloader on my wife 4s and everything seems to be working fine. Havent tried in my i5 though.
    1. ABOSWORTH's Avatar
      ABOSWORTH -
      Quote Originally Posted by onski View Post
      Im pretty sure i saw an update this morning when i opened cydia. I just downloaded the updated pandora and pandora downloader on my wife 4s and everything seems to be working fine. Havent tried in my i5 though.
      Still isn't working for me and I don't see an update in cydia for PD. I have a 4S as well.

      EDIT: I just reinstalled Pandora Downloader and now it seems to be working again. WTF? lol

      If you have issues, try uninstalling and then reinstalling PD.
    1. onski's Avatar
      onski -
      Yep i just updated my i5 and everything works perfect. Pandora downloader version 3.4.1.
    1. rjkgr's Avatar
      rjkgr -
      i am so happy that they did this! because i usually just let it play while i sleep and then i woke up and it said 1 hour remaining or buy something