Big Numbers Aren't Alleviating Pandora's Financial Woes

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d3v

How is pandora different from radio?

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Holly Golightly

What we need is an Ad-Free radio with no caps. Since Spotify requires a dummy facebook account to work, I would rather seek a better alternative. I want a free radio with no ads. Tired of paying for everything.

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livebriand

But if there are no ads and it's free, how do they pay for it? If you want no ads on Pandora, get the paid version, $36/year. That's $3/month. Not a bad deal for what it is. That said, I'm fine with the free version. Perhaps if they put in more ads (along the side of the page like most sites, maybe background, as long as they're not as top because that hurts on a 1366x768 laptop screen and then I'll block them). I mean, regular radio stations have ad breaks that are 3 minutes long, Pandora just puts in an occosional 20 second ad clip. I could stand more.

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Holly Golightly

I do not mind things like banner ads to fund their company. Because banner ads do not take away from the overall listening experience. I also have the same resolution you have, but stretched out onto a 32" TV, so advertisements are a terrible experience for me, and would prefer an ad-free experience overall. Most of the ads are irrelevant to me, so it is not like I will click them. Ads are usually the same thing. Some fast food restaurant, diet pills, some bank, celebrities, or something that requires a survey for a free console... The ads really annoy the users in my opinion, which less users means of a probability of earning profit, in my opinion. All I ask for is an ad-free listening experience that I do not have to pay for.

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d3v

How old are you? There is no such thing as a free lunch.

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Holly Golightly

I'm 27 years old right now.

Lots of good things come free now-a-days. Free email, free phones, heck man... They even have free education! Tune-In Radio has Ad-Free radio stations. Now there are a few games that are Free To Play. My question is... How old are you?

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HiGHRoLLeR038

free email has advertising.  Phones have contracts -  you dont pay anything upfront for pandora (compared to free phone), but you can pay for a membership (compared to phone contract).  And if you dont have a phone contract, your gonna pay for those minutes one at a time.  do you want to pay-per-song?

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Holly Golightly

No, I want unlimited songs for free. Last.FM was like this. Why not Pandora? I like TuneIn radio very much because I can hear the songs I like, free of ads and all without contracts. I already cut off my cable, no longer believed in paying for it. And I will cut off my phone soon enough. I will just use Crystal TV program to watch my shows and use skype for all my calls. The future is now, we just don't know it yet. Imagine a world, where you can listen to radio for free, watch TV for free and make phone calls for free? There are other ways to generate revenue without distracting the consumer.

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HiGHRoLLeR038

This isnt utopia or some science fiction movie where everything is perfect, clean, peaceful, graceful, and Free.  This is corporate america.  Without consumers to buy into a company's services or products, they wouldnt be around that long would they?  Name one company that survives and is raking in money without 'distracting the consumer'?

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Holly Golightly

Then maybe people should do things out of their heart and not for a profit. I named several businesses that are absolutely for free with no ads at all. If they can do it. Everyone else can. Money (as you should know) is the root of all evil.

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Morete

It may help if they went with an ad based imeem style of a music application instead of the way they do it now.  More revenue could be generated if they would give the option of letting users pick the exact songs they want to listen to all of the time instead of being forced to listen to a random string of content all day.

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HiGHRoLLeR038

if you want to add your own custom songs to a custom playlist, then go with grooveshark.  I love pandora, you select an artist you like, and it plays similar music.  Ive discovered many new bands that i like that way.  If i wanted to listen to specific songs, i would listen to my own music in itunes lol.  

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