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Old 02-28-2013, 10:47 AM   #1
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Pandora to Cap Free Mobile Use to 40 hrs/mo

Pandora slaps a 40 hour/month limit on free mobile listening

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Pandora Radio, the radio music streaming service, is getting rid of its free unlimited mobile listening plan and will be limiting “a small number” of its listeners to 40 hours per month limits. In doing so, it says that it will affect less than 4 percent of its total monthly active listeners.
I can burn through that cap in a week. I frequently use Pandora for background music while I do other things around the house. I take my iPod with me as I move about the house and plant it in a speaker dock in the room I'm in.

Desktop and laptop use is unaffected by this cap; but I rarely use my computer for listening, because it's in one room and I'm usually in another. So I either will have to pay up or find another free source (like Slacker).
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:59 AM   #2
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I pay for Pandora -- $36 / year doesn't seem like much compared to the $200 / year (per radio!) XM Radio wanted for me to continue its services. I mostly use it either on my TV or on my phone.

I thought Pandora already had a listening cap for free users -- was it relatively larger or am I just remembering incorrectly?

I didn't personally care for Slacker -- I paid for that one for a few months and then cancelled -- although there wasn't anything wrong with it. It just seemed like I was always using Pandora, Songza or Tune-In Radio instead of Slacker. I still have the app on my phone.

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Old 02-28-2013, 11:05 AM   #3
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I thought Pandora already had a listening cap for free users -- was it relatively larger or am I just remembering incorrectly?
They did, but it was lifted in 2011. Now it's back again, but only for mobile users this time.
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:07 AM   #4
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I thought Pandora already had a listening cap for free users -- was it relatively larger or am I just remembering incorrectly?
There used to be a 40 hour cap that they removed sometime in 2011.
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:23 AM   #5
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I remember that 40 hour cap being one of the reasons that I started paying for it but I didn't know they had taken it away.
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:28 PM   #6
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I've been paying for two years now myself. Very small price to pay for music that I want to hear
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I'm trying Slacker out now; and so far, so good.
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