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Pandora lifts 40-hour-a-month limit, goes essentially unlimited

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Pandora, the popular music site around that is very close to a replacement for traditional radio for millions out there, has decided to drop its 40-hour-a-month limit for free usage on its ad-supported site.

In the past, Pandora would limit free listening to 40 hours a month. Now, it’s 320 hours, which is a rather generous 80 hours a week. In other words, that’s practically unlimited.

Previously, if you wanted unlimited listening, you’d have to subscribe for a rather modest $36 a year and you’d get no ads to boot. You can still do that now and get no ads.

The service, which blossomed the past couple of years as an app on mobile phones, has faced more competition than ever from the likes of Spotify, Mog and Google Music Beta.

Pandora has also overhauled its website, speeding up the interface. Each station now has its own URL, making it easier to share on Facebook and the like. Coincidentally (or not), Facebook is expected to launch its own music service soon.

Pandora in July reported 100 million registered users and 36 million monthly active users.

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34 comments Add your comment

Grasshopper

September 22nd, 2011
9:31 am

Love, love, love Pandora! It keeps me sane at work.

Rickster

September 22nd, 2011
9:37 am

I noticed the new format for Pandora when I logged in yesterday. LOVE it! and I really like the fact that I’m no longer limited to 40 hours/month.

Shelby Johnson

September 22nd, 2011
10:20 am

So glad they’re giving us unlimited play. I love Pandora.

Pandora supporter!

September 22nd, 2011
10:32 am

Had an issue with them about losing my subscription. Emailed them and within a couple of hours I was chatting with a CSR. He fixed it and all is back to normal. Great customer service.

I don’t mind paying the $36yr price. I get annoyed with the adds so $3 a month won’t break me.

Pandora Lover

September 22nd, 2011
10:47 am

Thank you Pandora. Now… I can get thru my day at work. #iheartuPandora

JTesla

September 22nd, 2011
10:47 am

Are they making any profit yet?

waaa

September 22nd, 2011
10:48 am

spotify spanks pandora!

bob

September 22nd, 2011
10:56 am

War Eagle!!

The Notorious B.I.G. Radio Rocks!!

Wayne stuck in AL

September 22nd, 2011
11:12 am

I listen to live365.com and get a great variety of formats. Some of them you have to pay for, but there are still a lot that are free.

Truthwillsetyoufree

September 22nd, 2011
11:12 am

I prefer Pandoras’ selection on the stations I made. But always had to resort to others becuase of the 40 hrs a month. Thanks!

Logan Walker

September 22nd, 2011
11:38 am

I’ve used Pandora A LOT since I got my iPhone. I honestly had no idea that there was a monthly access limit. Guess I didn’t use it as much as I thought I did…

Pandora

September 22nd, 2011
11:55 am

I love PANDORA radio station! I listen to it as much as I possibly can! :) I’m happy to hear this great news!

MJ

September 22nd, 2011
11:59 am

I agree with having Pandora to keep my sanity in the workplace. It really works!

dre

September 22nd, 2011
12:20 pm

geo

September 22nd, 2011
12:27 pm

Life is so much better with Pandora!!!

Lindsey

September 22nd, 2011
12:49 pm

I love Pandora!!! I listen every morning while getting ready for work.

dagadawgs

September 22nd, 2011
1:09 pm

I gave up pandora for slacker radio.

joe

September 22nd, 2011
1:17 pm

Pandora has the nicest box ever…

Me

September 22nd, 2011
1:24 pm

That’s a rather good piece of news

kaye

September 22nd, 2011
1:29 pm

Now if only they would create an app for my Windows 7 phone.

Mary

September 22nd, 2011
1:47 pm

You like Pandora…check out Slacker Radio. Allows a little more flexibility and you can choose particular artists and such. Thank me later.

Vanessa

September 22nd, 2011
1:52 pm

Pandora is awesome!!

Sunny

September 22nd, 2011
1:54 pm

Love the website, hate that it’s blocked by a firewall at work and even worse, I hate AT&T for not having an unlimited data plan that would allow me to use the Android app during the workday without draining my data for the month! :-/

pjbrave

September 22nd, 2011
2:14 pm

Is there a free music site thats lets you listen to a certain and or a certain album?

pjbrave

September 22nd, 2011
2:16 pm

I ment certaim artist and or a certain album

mike scott

September 22nd, 2011
2:54 pm

sunny, why dont you sack att and go with virgin?

Rob

September 22nd, 2011
6:19 pm

pjbrave – check out Grooveshark. You can find albums on there.

lgomez

September 22nd, 2011
6:28 pm

Since today I havent been able to login to Pandora & it really sucks

Too little, too late!

September 22nd, 2011
6:29 pm

And this would be in reaction to Spotify entering the US market and they offer a far better product all around!

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bulldawg

September 22nd, 2011
8:39 pm

ahem…. listening Netflix? provide a better experience for your customers – not worse.

Alex

September 22nd, 2011
9:13 pm

PJbrave, spotify allow you to listen to just about any album. I have pandora but since I started
listening to spotify I rarely listen to pandora. spotify rocks!

A Different Jeff

September 23rd, 2011
8:23 am

I love Pandora! I’m just now experimenting with Spotify, but for general listening purposes, Pandora is tops.

Z

September 28th, 2011
4:58 pm

Loved the old Pandora, hate this new one. Way too many ads… probably will not be using it anymore.