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Pandora iOS app raises game as iTunes Radio arrives

Pandora iOS app raises game as iTunes Radio arrives

Streaming radio stalwart Pandora has refreshed its iPhone and iPad apps and re-jazzed its branding in the face of Apple competition in iOS 7's new iTunes Radio feature, aiming to pre-emptively shore up against the potential loss of users. Pandora v5.0 includes an aesthetic refresh for iPhone users, bringing the music app more in line with the design of iOS 7 - which we reviewed, along with iTunes Radio specifically, yesterday - while the iPad version gets features its phone sibling has been enjoying for some months.

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Pandora 40hr mobile limit ends Sept 1st ahead of iTunes Radio debut

Pandora 40hr mobile limit ends Sept 1st ahead of iTunes Radio debut

Pandora will ditch its 40 hour limit on mobile streaming, the internet radio company has announced, raising its game ahead of Apple's iTunes Radio launch later this year. The decision, which was announced as part of Pandora's latest quarterly financial results, is possible thanks to the "rapid progress of its mobile advertising" the company says, which will offset royalty costs.

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Pandora acquisition of radio station KXMZ challenged with FCC block request

Pandora acquisition of radio station KXMZ challenged with FCC block request

Last month, we reported that - as part of an ongoing battle between Pandora and the music industry - the Internet radio company would acquire terrestrial radio station KXMZ in order to get an RMLC license. The ultimate goal in the business move would be scoring the lower royalty rates that its competitors enjoy. The ASCAP has long bucked against Pandora's efforts, and this acquisition is no different: a request has been made for the FCC to block the purchase.

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iTunes Radio label deal leak puts Pandora back in the spotlight

iTunes Radio label deal leak puts Pandora back in the spotlight

Apple's iTunes Radio terms for record labels have been revealed, and look likely to ramp up attention on Pandora and other rivals who have recently been accused of short-changing artists. The royalties iTunes Radio will pay, according to the WSJ's insider glance at the offers made to independent labels, will kick off at 0.13 cents per play, as well as a proportionate share of 15-percent of net advertising revenue.

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Pandora speaks out against “falsehood” accusations regarding royalties

Pandora speaks out against “falsehood” accusations regarding royalties

Pandora is no stranger to criticism when it comes to royalties, with some saying that it pays too little while the streaming radio service strives to gain lower fees. Back in November, for example, songwriter Ellen Shipley said a song she wrote was played 3.1 million times and earned her $39. A similar statement was made earlier this week by songwriter David Lowery, whose song was played 1 million times and earned a tad under $17. Pandora has responded in part to such claims, saying there are "falsehoods" that need cleared up.

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Apple to reportedly secure licensing agreements for iRadio next week

Apple to reportedly secure licensing agreements for iRadio next week

We've known for a little while that Apple is trying to launch a music streaming service of its own, reportedly called iRadio, that will rival the likes of Pandora and Spotify. According to The Verge's sources, Apple may be extremely close to securing a music streaming licensing agreement with Universal Music Group next week. The same sources say that Warner Music an Apple are very close to securing a deal as well.

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