Pandora lowers royalty rates by buying FM station
So why would Pandora buy KXMZ-FM, a station covering Rapid City, South Dakota, a city with 42,000 Pandora users? As it turns out, by adding a traditional broadcasting operation to its mix, ASCAP, and the record labels will ask for lower songwriting licensing fees than the amount that Pandora had been paying. These are the same rules that allow iHeartRadio to get better terms, thanks to its start as a terrestrial broadcaster.
With the purchase of KXMZ-FM, Pandora can now play any song from the ASCAP catalog, something it had been denied before. Meanwhile, Pandora has filed suit in a New York federal district court against ASCAP for discriminatory treatment against Pandora and other internet stations. But Pandora now has its biggest battle that might go beyond fighting with the publishers. Yesterday Apple launched its iTunes Radio service that is free to users with revenue coming in from mobile ads.
source: TheHill (1), (2) via Engadget