After 40 hours of free mobile music, users will have to put money in Pandora's box
posted by Alan F. / Feb 27, 2013, 10:34 PM
According to Pandora, the change will affect less than 4% of its subscribers. In fact, the average Pandora listener uses the app for 20 hours a month on all his or her mobile devices. The days of unlimited music had to end since per track royalty rates will rise 9% in 2013 for a total increase of 25% over the last three years. With another 16% increase set to go in place over the next two years, Pandora had to do something to make up for the rise in royalty charges.
Unlimited monthly music is still available for those running the app over desktop and laptop computers. For those who don't want to pay, another option is subscribing to Pandora One, which offers unlimited music and no ads.
source: Pandora via Pocketlint
Posts: 103; Member since: Jan 23, 2013
This makes me sad having been a pandora user for years.. And now they drop this on me.
posted on Feb 27, 2013, 11:10 PM 0
You know, I always found Last.fm far superior to Pandora for finding new artists. Pandora is like listening to music I've already got on my iPhone. Too bad Last.fm's app and service is getting even more restrictive than Pandora...
posted on Feb 27, 2013, 11:27 PM 1
Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011
Yeah, for Last.fm mobile you have to pay $5 a month, but it digs DEEP for new music, I find only Audioaddicts stations (Digitally imported radio, Sky.fm, Jazz radio, Rock radio) match how deep it digs
posted on Feb 28, 2013, 12:00 AM 1
Posts: 73; Member since: Feb 24, 2012
one more soultion create 2 user account with split taste in music if it hurts you that bad! also you might consider downloading iheart radio
posted on Feb 28, 2013, 8:27 AM 0
Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012
That's the whole point. There are so many other free options that are just as good so why pay for Pandora considering they were already making money off the ads or bother creating extra accounts. It just seems pointless to gripe or go that extra step. That's why I'm just going to delete and move on once I hit that 40 hour mark.
posted on Feb 28, 2013, 8:57 AM 0
Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 16, 2011
Y'all should try Songza. No commercials. Free. User and Songza generated playlists. And it's a concierge for you..."Friday evening: Do you want to listen to a playlist for Pre-gaming? Relaxing with friends? Tearing it up at a club?...." Try it out.
posted on Feb 28, 2013, 8:56 AM 2
Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012
Didn't they already have a limit set up? When I used Pandora...been over a year now, I was shut down once cause I hit my limit. But, I just paid a dollar for the rest of the month. A dollar is not much to ask for the service they provide...even more so, after they give you 40 hours of listening time for free. They do have bills to pay. What I want to know...why are the royalties going up? The record companies and bands are not providing anything better then they are currently providing.
posted on Feb 28, 2013, 8:56 AM 1
Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008
I personally prefer iHeartRadio, which is highly underrated. Not only can you make your own stations based on artists and songs, you can also listen to radio stations from all over the US. Pandora + TuneIn = iHeartRadio.
posted on Feb 28, 2013, 10:58 AM 1
Posts: 96; Member since: Jul 13, 2011
I subscribe to Pandora One. But I see a day where they charge more and offer less free.
posted on Feb 28, 2013, 1:41 PM 0
Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 30, 2012
iHeartRadio is ok, but I find that it has less selection. I listen to Pandora while driving to work, which is about an hour drive very day each way. iHeartRadio replays songs and has way less of a library than Pandora. Not sure how much time I actually spend on it though, is there a way to tell, like a timer or something?
posted on Feb 28, 2013, 7:27 PM 0
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