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Pandora Plus launches, on demand subscription coming later this year

Pandora Plus launches, on demand subscription coming later this year

Just as rumors earlier this week foretold, Pandora has launched a new $5 monthly subscription service called Pandora Plus. This new service is replacing Pandora One, and it's offering a few improvements over its predecessor as well. These come in the form of more skips, more replays, and a new offline listening mode. Paying subscribers aren't the only ones getting some new perks, however, as Pandora is also offering some additional options for free listeners.

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Amazon, Pandora to shake up music streaming market

Amazon, Pandora to shake up music streaming market

The music streaming business has become a rather aggressive one, especially after Apple joined the fray. Despite that, pricing for monthly subscription hasn’t substantially changed among the very few major players in that market. By now, the $9.99 a month fee is more or less standard everywhere. Amazon and Pandora, however, might soon have something different to say. The two companies are expected to debut new subscription offerings n the coming months, even as early as next week, that will be challenging the status quo and might give their rivals pause.

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Pandora rumored to launch on-demand service to compete with Spotify

Pandora rumored to launch on-demand service to compete with Spotify

Pandora, one of the oldest players in the streaming music market, appears to finally be stepping up its service from simply radio-only to an actual on-demand option for users. A new report indicates that following the purchase of Rdio last year, Pandora is nearing the release of a premium on-demand music service that would allow it to compete with the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and others.

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Uber drivers can now stream Pandora without ads

Uber drivers can now stream Pandora without ads

If you use Uber, you’ve probably noticed that most drivers have a streaming service of some sort running, which makes it easier to switch to a type of music the rider likes if they request. Perhaps that’s why Uber has announced a new perk in which drivers located in the US, New Zealand, and Australia can stream music from Pandora without advertisements, though it is limited only to times they are actually driving.

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‘This American Life’ podcast arrives on Pandora

‘This American Life’ podcast arrives on Pandora

This past November, Pandora announced that it would be the exclusive streaming home for the podcast Serial, and that it would also be exclusively offering ‘This American Life’ starting sometime in early 2016. As it turns out, that day is today — as of now, you can fire up Pandora and be on the receiving end of ‘This American Life’ podcast episodes, increasing the number of options you have for playing them.

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Pandora now lets artists broadcast messages to fans from anywhere, anytime

Pandora now lets artists broadcast messages to fans from anywhere, anytime

Every now and then while listening to one of my Pandora stations, I'll hear a message from one of the bands that pops up on it. I pay for the Pandora One subscription so that I don't have to listen to advertisements, but I don't really mind hearing the occasional message from an artist that I like. But these messages might start happening a bit more frequently in the future, as Pandora is making it easier for the artists to record them.

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Pandora for Android adds music discovery tool

Pandora for Android adds music discovery tool

Pandora has pushed out an update for its Android app, adding the new discovery feature that first launched on iOS. A new “Browse” option at the top of the app allows users to toggle from their stations over to a discovery tool where music is sorted into various categories, including things like popularity, genre, and decade. The feature is live now for those who update.

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Spotify offers free Premium service to Tesla S owners

Spotify offers free Premium service to Tesla S owners

When Pandora acquired and shut down Rdio's streaming service, the move naturally upset a fair number of its users. Most upset were likely the Tesla owners, who had enjoyed the integrated service in their cars. With Rdio out, who might they turn to for their music streaming needs?

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Rdio confirms December 22 shut down, Spotify releases playlist import tool

Rdio confirms December 22 shut down, Spotify releases playlist import tool

It was announced a month ago that streaming music service Rdio had been acquired by rival Pandora, and that it was being folded into its new owner, but until today Rdio users weren't sure of how long they could continue listening. The shuttered company has now revealed that its curtain call will be Tuesday, December 22nd, at 5:00 PM Pacific (8 PM Eastern) to be specific. Thankfully that leaves users with one full week to import their playlists into Spotify should they choose to migrate to that service.

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Pandora’s Thumbprint station mixes up your favorite tracks

Pandora’s Thumbprint station mixes up your favorite tracks

I've been a fan of Pandora's streaming music service since I was first introduced to it somewhere back in 2009. It was a novel idea, only playing music that I wanted to listen to, instead of traditional radio stations where I had to listen to whatever they happened to choose, or making my own playlists, which took forever. The service has struggled to keep up with competitors like Spotify, but they've recently released a new feature that they're hoping will give them a little edge.

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Pandora launches app for Apple TV

Pandora launches app for Apple TV

Pandora has announced that it has launched a new larger version of its app designed specifically for the Apple TV and your big screen in the living room. The Apple TV version of the app has all the features that fans of Pandora have come to know in other apps the company offers.

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Rdio is dead: Pandora acquires the remains

Rdio is dead: Pandora acquires the remains

Today Pandora has made public their intent to acquire what's left of the streaming audio service Rdio for a cool $75 million in cash. That price is "subject to certain purchase price adjustments," and the Pandora strategy here won't be to just take over Rdio's service, but to basically strip off all the parts that it wants. The transaction, says the Pandora release today, "is contingent upon Rdio seeking protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California."

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