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    Pandora to cap usage

    Got this email yesterday. Luckily Slacker has no such limit, yet.

    <img alt="" width="25" height="1">
    Hi, its Tim -
    I hope this email finds you enjoying a great summer Pandora soundtrack.
    Im writing with some important news. Please forgive the lengthy email; it requires some explaining.
    First, I want to let you know that weve reached a resolution to the calamitous Internet radio royalty ruling of 2007. After more than two precarious years, we are finally on safe ground with a long-term agreement for survivable royalty rates thanks to the extraordinary efforts of our listeners who voiced an absolute avalanche of support for us on Capitol Hill. We are deeply thankful.

    While we did the best we could to lower the rates, we are going to have to make an adjustment that will affect about 10% of our users who are our heaviest listeners. Specifically, we are going to begin limiting listening to 40 hours per month on the web. Because we have to pay royalty fees per song and per listener, it makes very heavy listeners hard to support on advertising alone. Most listeners will never hit this cap, but it seems that you might.
    We hate the idea of capping anyone's usage, so we've been working to devise an alternative for listeners like you. We've come up with two solutions and we hope that one of them will work for you:


    • Your first option is to continue listening just as you have been and, if and when you reach the 40 hour limit in a given month, to pay just $0.99 for unlimited listening for the rest of that month. This isn't a subscription. You can pay by credit card and your card will be charged for just that one month. You'll be able to keep listening as much as you'd like for the remainder of the month. We hope this is relatively painless and affordable - the same price as a single song download.


    • Your second option is to upgrade to our premium version called Pandora One. Pandora One costs $36 per year. In addition to unlimited monthly listening and no advertising, Pandora One offers very high quality 192 Kbps streams, an elegant desktop application that eliminates the need for a browser, personalized skins for the Pandora player, and a number of other features: http://www.pandora.com/pandora_one.

    If neither of these options works for you, I hope you'll keep listening to the free version - 40 hours each month will go a long way, especially if you're really careful about hitting pause when youre not listening. Well be sure to let you know if you start getting close to the limit, and weve created a counter you can access to see how many hours youve already used each month.

    Well be implementing this change starting this month (July), Id welcome your feedback and suggestions. The combination of our usage patterns and the "per song per listener" royalty cost creates a financial reality that we can't ignore...but we very much want you to continue listening for years to come.
    Please don't hesitate to email me back with your thoughts.
    Sincerely,

    <img alt="tim_signature.jpg" width="102" height="46"> Tim
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    Re: Pandora to cap usage

    All free things come to an end eventually.....


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    Re: Pandora to cap usage

    I don't really listen to Pandora much, definitely not 40 hours a month, but if I did I wouldn't think $.99/month was that bad.


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    Re: Pandora to cap usage

    I could shell out the 99 cents



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    Re: Pandora to cap usage

    Weird b/c they are advertising a desktop version for $36 dollars a month (no internet browser needed).



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    Re: Pandora to cap usage

    Quote Originally Posted by 4429 mcc View Post
    Weird b/c they are advertising a desktop version for $36 dollars a month (no internet browser needed).
    $36 a month???


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    Quote Originally Posted by 4429 mcc View Post
    Weird b/c they are advertising a desktop version for $36 dollars a month (no internet browser needed).
    That would be Pandora One which he mentions in the letter for $36/year.



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    Re: Pandora to cap usage

    $36 a year is a bargain for this service. It is really cool.


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    Re: Pandora to cap usage

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    $36 a year is a bargain for this service. It is really cool.
    Not when Slacker is free... and better.



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    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    Not when Slacker is free... and better.
    Free for now anyways.


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    I have to admit, I just heard of pandora, and I have never heard of slacker.

    I will easily pay $36 for pandora. Gives me a break from XM.


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    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    I have to admit, I just heard of pandora, and I have never heard of slacker.

    I will easily pay $36 for pandora. Gives me a break from XM.
    You should also try out this new search engine, Google, it sorts everything based on words you type in.


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    Re: Pandora to cap usage

    I'd pay for Pandora if it was like $12/yr or maybe $24, but I think $36 is a bit excessive for no better than it is.



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    Quote Originally Posted by egami View Post
    I'd pay for Pandora if it was like $12/yr or maybe $24, but I think $36 is a bit excessive for no better than it is.
    Lucky for you it's only $.99/month!


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    Re: Pandora to cap usage

    Quote Originally Posted by cmoneyr View Post
    Lucky for you it's only $.99/month!
    Well, yeah, if you take the one option which is a pain...that's exactly the point, give me the alternative for same price or a bit more. Not 3x more.



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