Pandora Increases Monthly Subscription Fee, Kills Off Annual Subscription Option
March 19, 2014 1:50 PM
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The price change will take effect in May
Some Pandora subscribers will see their plans or monthly rates change as the music-streaming company compensates for higher costs.
, new Pandora One users will see a price increase from $3.99 to $4.99 per month come May 2014. Existing customers, however, will stay locked into the $3.99 per month price for now.
In other words, if you've been on the fence about subscribing to Pandora One, you'll want to do so before May.
Pandora also said that it would axe its annual subscription option and instead replace it with the monthly $3.99 fee. It seems that is going into effect immediately for new customers, but those with an existing annual Pandora account will be notified of the change when their renewal time comes around.
Pandora cited growing costs for content delivery as the reason for the rates and plan changes.
"We’ve been fortunate to be able to offer Pandora One at an affordable price since its debut in 2009 at $36 per year and later with the introduction of a monthly subscription for only $3.99 per month," said Pandora. "Over this same period, the costs of delivering this service have grown considerably. For example, the royalty rates Pandora pays to performers via SoundExchange for subscription listening have increased 53% in the last five years and will increase another 9% in 2015."
Pandora isn't the only Web service feeling the pressure with content costs. Amazon recently announced that it will
up annual Prime costs
from $79 to $99 a year when current customer's renewal periods are up.
In an effort to keep customers interested, Pandora
lifted its monthly cap
on free mobile listening back in September 2013 -- just ahead of the iTunes Radio Launch.
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RE: I don't get...
3/19/2014 3:33:26 PM
Higher Quality Audio
Longer runtime (without interaction)
I dislike all ads especially when im trying to zone out and get stuff done. So to me its worth ever penny to just get rid of ads. The rest of it is all meh to me...
Personally I have been using Spotify since I can have my own playlists. Sure its 9.99 a month rather than 36 bucks a year (soon to be a bit more) for Pandora. And I can sync my music offline to my phone and/or computer so it does not use data after the initial download of the songs.
I still use Pandora since their radio is better than spotifys
RE: I don't get...
3/19/2014 3:36:49 PM
They have a thing on Pandora that lets you hear the difference between the higher quality and I couldn't tell the difference. I could care less about custom skins and and desktop application that IT probably won't let me install at work so being browser based is fine for me. The longer run time thing doesn't bother me. If it stops playing after a few hours I just click the continue button.
RE: I don't get...
3/19/2014 5:29:22 PM
Get better headphones ;-)
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