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Pandora killer? Spotify slayer? iTunes Radio needs more than hype to compete (Original)

Apple has finally introduced the world to its Pandora-challenging, Spotify-rivaling streaming service, iTunes Radio. But this brief look doesn't confirm anything beyond yet another competitor in the digital music market.…

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Pandora now streaming to game consoles, TVs to follow (Original)

Pandora launched a new platform it calls tv.pandora.com to open up streaming on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game consoles, but with an eventual focus on making the popular music streaming service available on TVs and set top boxes.…

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Pandora Stock Jumps As Revenue Beats The Street, Grows 58% To $128.5M; Mobile Ad Revenue Hits Record High (Original)

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Pandora has had a busy quarter. In March, the social radio company saw its long-time CEO Joe Kennedy abruptly step down, leaving the board to scramble to find a replacement. On the bright side, Kennedy’s exit, while likely a result of stress, followed relatively good times for Pandora. And it’s continued to push forward since.

Pandora launched an ad-free version for Windows 8 in March, surpassed 200 million users (with over 140 million accessing Pandora via mobile) in April, then launched a “Premieres” station for U.S. users and deepened its Facebook integration with a new Timeline App.

Today, Pandora’s first quarter earnings reflected this flurry of activity, as the company saw GAAP total revenue increase 97 percent year-over-year to $83.9 million (with non-GAAP mobile revenue of $86.7 million), which outpaced mobile listener hour growth at 47 percent year over year. Meanwhile, total revenue came in at $125.5 million, representing 55 percent year-over-year growth and non-GAAP total revenue of $128.5 million.

What’s more, share of total U.S. Radio listening for Pandora grew to 7.33 percent in April — an increase from 5.86 percent in the same period last year.

This news followed a strong earnings report from Pandora for the fourth quarter as well, thanks chiefly to mobile revenue growth of 111 percent year-over-year (to $80.3 million), which caused the company’s stock to jump for joy.…

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Pandora touts 200 million listeners, continues to curb mobile listening (Original)

Pandora has reached its 200 millionth user, and that's a big milestone for the company. Despite this accomplishment though, Pandora is still plagued with serious concerns from revenue to licensing…

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Pandora Surpasses 200 Million Registered Users, 140 Million Access Via Mobile (Original)

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Pandora has just announced that its online streaming radio has quite a few listeners. In fact, the company has surpassed 200 million registered users in the U.S. That’s up from 100 million registered users in July of 2011, meaning that around half of Pandora’s users have come over in the past two years, despite the fact that Pandora launched all the way back in 2005.

Slow and steady wins the race, eh?

Of those 200 million registered users, over 140 million of them have tuned in to Pandora via mobile, which just goes to show how crucial it is to have a mobile presence, no matter the business. Pandora users have also given over 25 billion thumbs, to help personalize their stations, and on average Pandora streams around 200 million songs before 10am each morning.

Perhaps more interesting than user growth is Pandora’s ability to spread new music to a huge userbase. Pandora mentioned this morning that the company has played more than 100,000 unique artists and over 1 million unique songs just last month.

Here’s what Pandora founder Tim Westerngren had to say:

We started this company to help people discover and enjoy music they love, and to help artists reach and grow their audiences.

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Pandora for Android loaded with lock screen controls (Original)

Pandora for Android loaded with lock screen controls

A fresh release of Pandora's Android app hit Google Play, and it carries a light, but welcome changelog. New lock screen controls for hardware packing Ice Cream Sandwich or later flavors of Google's confection-themed OS headline the update. In addition, the revamp brings shortened startup times for the application and a track progress indicator that sports elapsed and remaining timestamps. Naturally, assorted bug fixes and enhancements round out the tweaks. Click the bordering source link to snag the download.

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Terms & Conditions: What happens on Pandora does not stay on Pandora (Original)

For many die-hard music fans, Pandora Internet Radio remains the cream of the online streaming crop. But a look at the company's terms of service an privacy policy reveal a few key stipulations that every user should know.…

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Official Pandora app coming to Windows Phone 8 today (Original)

Pandora coming to Windows Phone 8 today

At October's Windows Phone 8 launch event, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore stood on stage and eagerly announced a laundry list of popular apps that were confirmed to be coming to the platform in the coming months. To the delight of many, Pandora was on the list -- and to top it all off, the music streaming service would come ad-free for the first year. The question then shifted to when it would actually make it to the Windows Phone Store, and we finally have an answer: today.

The free app will take advantage of a Live Tile in all three possible sizes, the two largest showing which song is currently playing, along with its album cover art. Pandora's arrival also marks another milestone: not only will it be available on Kids Corner, it's also the first app capable of automatically filtering out explicit content when the feature is activated. The service will only be available for Windows Phone 8 devices, but anyone accessing Pandora through alternate apps on Windows Phone 7.x can continue to do so.

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Hands-On: Pandora’s All-You-Can-Listen, Ad-Free Windows Phone App (Original)

Microsoft's app ecosystem consistently gets dinged for its slim offerings, so the popular music-streaming app is a big win for the company.

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