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Pandora Alarm Clock for iOS wakes you up with a station, offers snooze option

Pandora Alarm Clock for iOS wakes you up with a station, offers snooze option

A much-requested feature has been bestowed upon Pandora's iOS users today -- an Alarm Clock that allows one to wake up to the sounds of their favorite radio station rather than a shrill typical alarm. With Alarm Clock, one's smartphone becomes the radio-clock combo of days gone by, only with more configuration options and the ever-loved snooze function.

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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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Former Microsoft Executive Brian McAndrews named Pandora President and CEO

Former Microsoft Executive Brian McAndrews named Pandora President and CEO

In March of this year, Pandora's Joe Kennedy announced that he would be leaving the Internet radio company this year. Such kicked off the search for his replacement, which has been unveiled today as former Microsoft executive and senior vice president Brian McAndrews, who left Microsoft in 2008 and will be serving as Pandora's President, Chairman, and CEO.

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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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Pandora acquires terrestrial radio station KXMZ in order to nab RMLC license

Pandora acquires terrestrial radio station KXMZ in order to nab RMLC license

It's no secret that there's some contention between Pandora and the powers that be over how much it pays for every song its users listen to, with the Internet radio station feeling it pays too much, and with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, more commonly known as ASCAP, frequently trying to raise royalty rates.

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Pandora outs HTML5 site for TVs, consoles and STBs

Pandora outs HTML5 site for TVs, consoles and STBs

In an effort to bring its music-streaming service to as many platforms as possible, Pandora launched an HTML5 website geared toward televisions, gaming consoles, and set-top boxes. Pandora says that the new site is "optimized for a 10-foot experience," making it ideal for streaming music in the living room.

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Pandora Premieres station offers pre-release album streaming

Pandora Premieres station offers pre-release album streaming

Pandora, which is about to face a big competitor when Apple irons out its remaining snags with iRadio, has just announced a new feature - Pandora Premieres. This station is unlike the rest, allowing users to listen to early album releases before they're available for purchase. While not much is available via it right now, more artists will be added in the future.

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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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Pandora hits 200 million registered users

Pandora hits 200 million registered users

Internet radio service Pandora has reached yet another milestone. The company announced today that they have hit 200 million registered users in the US. Pandora has been around for almost eight years, and half of the 200 million subscribers were added in a time period of just two years. Approximately 67 million Pandora users are monthly active listeners.

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