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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Pandora users?

I signed up back in May, i think. It's unlikely i've been listening more in July than in either may or June.

Is this 40 hour limit per month new, or did i just not notice it the first few months i had the account?

Because, frankly, it's a deal breaker for me with Pandora. Especially if it's a bait and switch thing.

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8 Comments:

  • It's new. They should have sent you an email warning you about it.

    Just cough up the $.99 / month, it's worth it!

    By Blogger Jeremy T, at 3:13 PM  

  • thanks. sorry that blogger ate the post title and i didn't catch it.

    anyway - yeah, found the email.

    "A Message From Tim" is not a very good subject header for an email that you actually want your customers to read. I mean, who the hell is Tim and why should i know him?

    anyway, in almost 3 months of Pandora listening, exactly 1 artist that i was previously unfamiliar with came up in rotation, whose work i want to acquire. That's Martin Newell/Cleaners From Venus. Awesome stuff.

    a buck a month isn't much, sure. but i'm adding used vinyl to my collection at the rate of about 8 LPs a month right now, and getting them all digitized and added to iTunes, and i'll be fine listening to that.

    i'll save Pandora some royalty money by keeping their listener count low.

    By Blogger Barry, at 3:48 PM  

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    By Blogger Jeremy T, at 3:59 PM  

  • Ugh, I'm deleting my old comment since it was so poorly worded. I'm ashamed to leave such things lying around the internet.

    What I was trying to say is that you should try Slacker. It seems to be free, with no usage limit (that I'm aware of), and it tends to give me more artists with fewer repeats than Pandora does.

    I still like Pandora, but Slacker's great too.

    By Blogger Jeremy T, at 4:05 PM  

  • Hey, it's the internet. Bad writing is its lifeblood.

    One of my pandora seeds was Silver Apples, cause it's an album i used to own way back, hard to find, even in the reissued version, and i hadn't heard it in 35 years or so.

    After hearing the same 3 tracks from it at least once a day for the past couple of months, yeah, i know what you mean. i did find that by adding something from a completely different genre, i got a more varied selection from Pandora. EG - when i added a couple of Hawaiian artists, i got a whole lot more than just Hawaiian music. Lots of different jazz than i had been getting previously.

    I'll give Slacker a go at some point. And maybe Spotify will become available to US listeners. I don't mind the ads so much, but i'm guessing that Pandora, at least, wasn't able to sell enough ads to keep their revenues up. Considering the royalty structure that i've read, .99/month doesn't make a dent. I figure that's the introductory rate, and they'll be up to 5 bucks a month this time next year.

    By Blogger Barry, at 4:15 PM  

  • Hmm, I do listen to Pandora but only a couple of times a month and don't think I ever got "A Message from Tim." I'll have to look! 99 cents doesn't seem bad but luckily, I never listen for that many hours. Thanks for the info; I would have been clueless.

    By Blogger Becca, at 11:18 AM  

  • Yep, I received an e-mail from them. I didn't even realize I listen more than 40 hours, but I guess I do, according to Tim. I do tire of it because they play the same thing over and over again, and often have to create mixes to keep it exciting. I even recently added an MJ channel, that never plays MJ. And like the other commenter, I figure it won't be this cheap for long. I can listen to my already-purchased iTunes for free at this point over and over again.

    By Blogger Southern, at 2:53 PM  

  • Pandora is AWESOME! I've discovered sooo many bands and musicians I never would have listened to before, that I now love. Not to mention, look at what they're doing for musical artists around the country!

    Their new pricing structure could not possibly be a deal breaker. I paid 36 BUCKS for a really cool desktop application, no advertising, and higher listening quality. 36 bucks.

    Remember the days of getting one CD for 36 bucks? Let's not be cheap, people! :)

    By OpenID lamara011, at 5:26 PM  

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