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Pandora's Apple Music and Spotify rival is free for three months from Groupon again

Pandora's Apple Music and Spotify rival is free for three months from Groupon again
Founded nearly two decades ago, Pandora was one of the pioneers of the internet radio market, but for some reason, the company waited until 2017 to launch a premium music streaming service rivaling the likes of Spotify and Apple Music. Naturally, the platform is having trouble catching up to the industry leaders, also needing to compete against a slew of smaller players, including YouTube Music and Google Play Music, Tidal, Deezer, and Amazon Music Unlimited.

As hard as Pandora has been working lately to stand out in this crowded and incredibly competitive landscape, adding everything from Amazon Echo support to offline playback capabilities on the Apple Watch and even voice assistance powered by in-house technology into the mix, the best way to boost subscriber numbers is still through expanded free trials and big discounts.

Enter a fresh batch of Groupon deals allowing you to sign up for and use either Pandora Premium or Pandora Plus for a full three months at absolutely no charge whatsoever. The same exact promotion was actually offered for a limited time a couple of months ago too, although back then, you could also get a free 90-day Pandora Premium Family subscription if you so desired.

While that's no longer the case, Pandora Premium access for a single user typically costs $9.99 a month, including pretty much the same perks as a standard Apple Music or Spotify subscription. We're talking unlimited, on-demand, and ad-free music streaming services, with high-quality audio support, fully customizable playlists, and offline access to your entire music collection.

It's not entirely clear why anyone would snub that offer and go for a gratis Pandora Plus subscription instead, which also comes with no ads, but no on-demand functionality either. That's obviously closer to Pandora's internet radio roots, with support for replaying tracks and offline access to four radio stations, but it's a significantly lower value, normally setting you back $4.99 a month. Keep in mind that you only have three more days at the time of this writing to take advantage of Groupon's sweet Pandora freebies.

Check out the deal here


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