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February 28, 2013 | By Jon Healey
Trying to cut its burgeoning royalty costs, Pandora announced this week that it would limit customers to 40 hours of free streaming music per month. If that sounds familiar, the popular online radio site imposed a 40-hour cap in July 2009 for the very same reason, only to lift it a little more than two years later. The initial cap applied to all listeners; now it applies only to those tuning in on a smartphone, tablet computer or other mobile device. But mobile is hardly a sidelight for Pandora; according to the company, more than 75% of Pandora's streams go to "mobile and other non-traditional devices.
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November 21, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Internet radio company Pandora Media Inc. reported third-quarter sales that exceeded analysts' expectations as mobile advertising grew by more than half. But the company swung to a net loss as it spent more on marketing, sales and product development.  Sales by the Oakland-based company for the three months that ended Oct. 31 grew 50% from the same period last year to top $180 million, more than the $178 million that analysts were expecting.   ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Its mobile revenue, generated by ads on the streaming music service's smartphone and tablet applications, increased 58% year-over-year to nearly $105 million.  The company posted a net loss of $1.7 million (one cent per share)
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June 5, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected. See note below.
Pandora has reportedly spent more than $50,000 this year lobbying Congress to establish a more equal system for how much different forms of radio pay in royalties. The online radio company has been focusing on Congress in preparation for upcoming meetings by the Copyright Royalty Board that will determine how much will be paid in royalties from 2016 to 2020. As a result, Tim Westergren, Pandora's co-founder, is in Washington this week and will be testifying at a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday hoping to sway Congress to establish a system that will charge each form of radio a similar rate in royalties.
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August 22, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Internet radio company Pandora Media Inc. reported second-quarter sales growth that topped analysts' expectations as mobile advertising revenue surged year over year. The Oakland company generated $157.4 million in revenue in the quarter ended July 31, up 55% from the same period last year, the company said in a statement. That exceeded the average Wall Street analyst estimate of about $156 million. Pandora, which makes most of its money through advertising, saw a 92% boost in mobile revenue - generated by ads on its applications that enable users listen to music on their smartphones and tablets - to $116 million.
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November 14, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. More than 100 pop, rock, R&B, country and hip-hop musicians are protesting Pandora radio's efforts to persuade Congress to reduce the fees the Internet radio service pays for playing their music, arguing that the measure would “gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon.” Katy Perry , Britney Spears, the Dead Kennedys, Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Cee Lo Green, the...
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January 11, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Is Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren a band's biggest enemy or best ally? Last year, he began lobbying Congress to lower digital music royalties, a move that made him appear a soulless businessman all too eager to bite the hand that feeds him. (After all, Pandora is nothing without its music.) But at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Westergren cast Pandora in a different light. “Speaking to a room full of technology executives and policymakers, [Westergren]
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February 3, 2010 | By BY GEOFF BOUCHER
Remember when "Avatar" was just a movie? There have been breathless reports that "Avatar" is so vivid and so powerful that moviegoers walk out feeling let down by the gray world here on boring old Terra. "Movie-goers feel depressed and even suicidal at not being able to visit utopian alien planet" may sound like a headline from the Onion but, nope, there it was in the Daily Mail of London and, a day earlier, on CNN, which quoted a forum post by someone named Mike who glumly said that the majesty of the movie has left him feeling, um, blue.
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September 7, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before deciding if I need the new Kindle. The Skinny: In yet another sign that I'm getting old (as if I needed it), last night was the first time in the history of the MTV Video Music Awards that I didn't tune in for one second. What I won't do is now write a story saying the show is passe because I'm no longer the target audience. Friday's headlines include a grim look at the weekend box office, new contract talks for Fox News chief Roger Ailes, and Christopher Nolan being caught up in a fight between two big Hollywood talent agencies.
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June 13, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Pandora's legal disputes with performance-rights organizations are heating up. BMI, or Broadcast Music Inc., one of the groups that collects royalties from broadcasters to pay publishers and songwriters, is suing the Internet radio giant in response to its attempt to lower its rates by buying a traditional FM radio station. Pandora revealed Tuesday it is acquiring a terrestrial station in Rapid City, S.D., to make a point about the rates it pays. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 Pandora has said it is unfairly forced to pay higher rates than traditional radio operators such as Clear Channel, which owns 850 physical stations and the Web streaming music service iHeartRadio . Last year, Pandora, which has 200 million registered users and 70 million active users, sued the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
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June 13, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
It's one thing to hear a legislator or industrialist extol "clean nuclear energy"; it's something else when the person singing those praises is an environmentalist. In "Pandora's Promise," Robert Stone has gathered the testimony of five people whose change of heart on the matter reflects his own (a quarter-century ago his "Radio Bikini" was a protest against atomic weapons). Writers and environmentalists, they speak with conviction, if not always convincingly, of nuclear power's necessity as a viable alternative to fossil fuel.
SCIENCE
July 31, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Saturn may be best known for its iconic rings, but the giant planet is also host to more than 53 moons, each one a fascinating and distinct world of its own. In the ghostly image above, captured by NASA's Cassini mission, you can see two members of Saturn's massive moon family -- Mimas and Pandora -- glowing brightly above Saturn's smooth gray rings. The large, round moon toward the top of the image is Mimas, the smallest of Saturn's major moons. It is 246 miles across, and scientists believe it is made almost entirely of water ice. Photos: Stunning moons of the solar system Cassini was approximately 690,000 miles away from Mimas when it took this image, but if you look closely you can still spot the enormous 80-mile wide crater that spreads over a large chunk of the moon's surface.
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July 10, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Shares of Internet radio giant Pandora Media Inc. fell Wednesday after an analyst said Apple Inc.'s technology will give it an advantage as it pushes into the market of in-car listeners. Richard Greenfield, an analyst at BTIG who has a “sell” rating on Pandora's shares, said Apple is making an “increasingly aggressive push” into the ever-critical car market with its coming iTunes Radio and an extension of its Siri voice control feature. Greenfield said he has been using the developer version of Apple's new service, and has noticed an increasing amount of content, improved Siri performance and no pop-up ads. The combined offerings present a fierce competitor for Pandora in cars, which is a huge market for the digital music industry.
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June 25, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Pink Floyd's recent scathing op-ed against Pandora Media Inc. hasn't kept the Internet radio company down.  Shares of the Oakland firm soared Tuesday after it said its service is now available in more than 100 car models, double the number it had a year ago.  So far, 2.5 million users have activated the service through integrations with automotive brands and aftermarket manufacturers.  PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 ...
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June 13, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Music streaming service Rdio, which competes with Spotify and Pandora, is launching in seven new territories, including Hong Kong and Malaysia.  This marks the first time Rdio (pronounced are-dee-oh) will be available to listeners in Asia, the company said in a blog post Thursday .  San Francisco-based Rdio, which charges $4.99 a month for unlimited Web streaming and $9.99 for use on mobile devices, is now available in 31 countries, the company said. Other new markets include  Colombia, Chile, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Poland, widening its reach in Europe and South America.  PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 London-based Spotify, which offers a similar streaming service, is available in 28 markets and has 24 million active users, according to its website.  Spotify launched in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore in April, along with Mexico, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Iceland.
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June 13, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Pandora's legal disputes with performance-rights organizations are heating up. BMI, or Broadcast Music Inc., one of the groups that collects royalties from broadcasters to pay publishers and songwriters, is suing the Internet radio giant in response to its attempt to lower its rates by buying a traditional FM radio station. Pandora revealed Tuesday it is acquiring a terrestrial station in Rapid City, S.D., to make a point about the rates it pays. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 Pandora has said it is unfairly forced to pay higher rates than traditional radio operators such as Clear Channel, which owns 850 physical stations and the Web streaming music service iHeartRadio . Last year, Pandora, which has 200 million registered users and 70 million active users, sued the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
It's one thing to hear a legislator or industrialist extol "clean nuclear energy"; it's something else when the person singing those praises is an environmentalist. In "Pandora's Promise," Robert Stone has gathered the testimony of five people whose change of heart on the matter reflects his own (a quarter-century ago his "Radio Bikini" was a protest against atomic weapons). Writers and environmentalists, they speak with conviction, if not always convincingly, of nuclear power's necessity as a viable alternative to fossil fuel.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2008 | Peter Whoriskey, The Washington Post
Pandora is one of the nation's most popular Web radio services, with about 1 million listeners daily. Its Music Genome Project allows customers to create stations tailored to their own tastes. It is one of the 10 most popular applications for Apple Inc.'s iPhone and attracts 40,000 new customers a day. Yet the burgeoning company may be on the verge of collapse, according to its founder, and so may others like it. "We're approaching a pull-the-plug kind of decision," said Tim Westergren, who founded Oakland-based Pandora.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2013 | By Todd Martens
AUSTIN, Texas -- The most serious of fans can spend upward of $422 per year on music in the U.S., according to the results of a new report from Nielsen Entertainment released today at South by Southwest. Those who can be classified as music fans, Nielsen proclaimed, account for nearly 75% of all music spending in the U.S. There is a catch: The most avid of fans in Nielsen's sampling of 4,000 consumers downloaded the most tracks for free, approximately 30 in a year. What's more, those classified as "music fans" account for just 40% of the music-buying public in America.
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June 12, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before the flight back to Los Angeles. The Skinny: It's been fun here in D.C. but it's time to head home. Hope my cats didn't leave me any welcome home gifts! Wednesday's roundup includes the latest on News Corp.'s plans to split the company in two and WME's punking rival agency CAA. Daily Dose: News Corp.'s Fox International Channels (FIC) has promoted Ward Platt to chief operating officer of the unit and chief executive of National Geographic Channels International.
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June 3, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Social video game company Zynga Inc. on Monday said it will cut 18% of its staff, or about 520 employees. The struggling maker of games such as "FarmVille" and "Words With Friends" is making the cuts as part of an effort to reduce costs by $70 million to $80 million.  The layoffs will be complete by August. The company will also close some of its offices. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments Zynga has struggled to repeat the success of its early games as many consumers switch to playing on mobile devices.
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