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Pandora’s beefed-up Sonos control adds Alexa support

Pandora’s beefed-up Sonos control adds Alexa support

Pandora may have been overshadowed by rival streaming music services in recent years, but a new Sonos integration could push it back into the limelight. The update brings full Sonos control right into the Pandora app, including multi-room playback support. It also adds more collaborative play, allowing guests to take on DJ duties from their own phone.

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Pandora Featured Playlists give users Hipster Brunch and more

Pandora Featured Playlists give users Hipster Brunch and more

Pandora has launched a new feature that gives it a bit of Spotify flavor, and they come in the form of Featured Playlists. These playlists are assembled around various musical themes, such as 'Hipster Brunch,' giving users a fast way to play various music targeted at a particular circumstance or time of day. Many of these playlists are joined by a related radio station, making them available to everyone.

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Pandora user? There’s some big news today

Pandora user? There’s some big news today

Pandora and SiriusXM are hooking up, with a $480m investment into the streaming music business that will see it ramp up its defense against Spotify, Apple Music, and other rivals. Tipped to be in the works for some weeks now, the deal sees SiriusXM pump almost half a billion dollars into Pandora. That will allow it to adopt "a hybrid advertising/subscription model" that it claims will be more sustainable than others.

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SiriusXM tipped in talks to buy Pandora

SiriusXM tipped in talks to buy Pandora

Pandora is on the hunt for a buyer and now sources say that SiriusXM may be the one to acquire it. The music streaming service is said to be in talks with SiriusXM, which is tipped to be in 'active discussions' with the company. This won't be the first time SiriusXM has expressed interest in Pandora; whether an acquisition will come from these latest reported talks is anyone's guess. The sources go on to indicate that some analysts' estimated acquisition prices are too high.

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How to get an invite to Pandora Premium (and why you should)

How to get an invite to Pandora Premium (and why you should)

This week the folks at Pandora have introduced a new Pandora Premium service which allows users to further control their listening experience. This is different from the past at Pandora, a company that started its business with free music listening with playlists based in a basic way on preferred artists. Here in 2017, users will be able to pay cash to get a more in-depth music experience on mobile devices and desktop computers.

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DISH reveals Alexa Hopper skill, DISH Music, and Sling TV certification for devices

DISH reveals Alexa Hopper skill, DISH Music, and Sling TV certification for devices

DISH announced its AirTV streaming device earlier in the day, but the CES 2017 reveals don't stop there. Chief among these reveals is a new Hopper skill for Amazon's Alexa devices, namely the Echo and Echo Dot. If you have one of those and a Hopper DVR, you'll soon be able to pair your DVR with your Alexa device and start channel surfing using voice commands.

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Pandora Premium details spill: smart playlists and on-demand music

Pandora Premium details spill: smart playlists and on-demand music

Pandora has officially detailed its upcoming Pandora Premium service before it goes live early next year. As with other on-demand music services, users will be able to search for and choose specific music to play. Pandora plans to use its massive quantity of data to help with that process, though, providing things like smart playlists and a personalized search, among other features. Premium will cost ten dollars per month.

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Pandora overhauls website as it prepares for on demand streaming

Pandora overhauls website as it prepares for on demand streaming

Pandora is in the middle of shifting the way its streaming service works, and with that comes a few aesthetic changes as well. First was the rebranding Pandora announced last month, and now we're seeing the company overhaul its website with a new look. A new appearance isn't the only thing coming along with this roll out, as Pandora has also added some improved functionality.

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Pandora Plus now available to all users as Pandora unveils rebranding

Pandora Plus now available to all users as Pandora unveils rebranding

Last month, Pandora revealed Pandora Plus, a new paid subscription service that lets users drop ads and listen offline for $5 a month. When Pandora Plus was announced, the company said it would be rolling out all Android and iOS users over the "coming months," but today, it's announcing that the service is available to everyone.

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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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