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Pandora reveals ad-free day pass coming soon

Pandora reveals ad-free day pass coming soon

When it comes to online music streaming service Pandora, there are two ways to listen: the typical ad-supported option which is free, and a paid subscription plan called Pandora One, which costs users $4.99 per month. But what about those times when you want to play some music for an extended period without the annoying ads, yet paying for a full month is just too much? At a recent investor day, the company revealed a new day pass option, said to be coming later this year, that aims to serve just such a user scenario.

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Research group: Pandora is most popular online radio service

Research group: Pandora is most popular online radio service

Times change fast, and the number of places where you can listen to music online have grown greatly over the past few years. Long gone are the days of listening to poorly ripped songs uploaded to YouTube alongside cheesy stock-photo fan videos. Robust options exist, and if you get tired of one there are three more pining for your attention. We know all about the services we frequently see and hear, but which of them is the most popular overall? One recent group's data points to Pandora as the winner.

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Uber, iHeartRadio partner in NYC as privacy concerns continue

Uber, iHeartRadio partner in NYC as privacy concerns continue

Last month, Uber and Spotify partnered to give riders control over the tunes they hear while taking a ride. Under that, Spotify subscribers can order a car that'll arrive playing their playlist, and during the ride he or she will be able to toggle through the music. Following that feature comes a different sort of perk for iHeartRadio users that'll be available for the next week.

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Pandora hit with lawsuit over oldies music

Pandora hit with lawsuit over oldies music

Pandora has been swept up into another legal spat, this one over the golden oldies -- music made before 1972, with record companies accusing the Internet radio service of state copyright protection violations. The lawsuit includes labels Sony, Universal, Warner Music, and ABKCO, a lesser known independent label that holds rights for many Rolling Stones songs.

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Jawbone buys Playground.fm: Are wearable-curated playlists next?

Jawbone buys Playground.fm: Are wearable-curated playlists next?

Fitness wearable and Bluetooth speaker and headset firm Jawbone quietly bought up Playground.fm last year, a personalized internet radio app that uses social networking and Spotify activity to craft a custom station. Playground.fm uses Facebook Likes of existing music to figure out the listener's tastes, potentially opening the door to a Jawbone-branded music service, or even shaping playlists by physical activity.

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Pandora raises rates for new subscribers

Pandora raises rates for new subscribers

A ruling last week regarding how much Pandora should pay ASCAP fell in the company's favor, with it being ruled the Internet radio service would pay the high-end of the range it felt the rate should fall within: 1.85-percent. Many in the industry criticized this, but it was seen as a victory for Pandora. Now that such matters are settled, the radio service has announced an increase in rates for subscribers.

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