Pandora to test an ad-free "day pass" for 99 cents
While the timing of the day pass is unknown, Phillips mentioned that the ad-free Pandora would be perfect for a summer BBQ so that guests aren't bothered by the ads. That obviously tells us to expect this to be offered some time during the summer. In addition, there is discussion inside Pandora as to whether the pass should last for one day or for three days. The 99 cents that Pandora is planning on charging for the pass might be different as the company tests different pricing tiers.
Pandora is currently a free download for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry powered devices. Those signing up for free have to listen to ads that play after several songs are heard. For $4.99 a month, listeners can sign up for Pandora One, which offers ad-free streaming along with more "skips." The majority of Pandora users opt for the free service.