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Pandora boss reveals some figures

Pandora boss reveals some figures | Pandora Kills |

"Possibly feeling that his company has been tarnished a little by the “streaming services underpay artists” mantra that is wheeled out every few weeks these days, the boss of US-based interactive radio service Pandora, Tim Westergren, has made some claims about how much certain artists are earning from their play on his service."

Kyle Walker's insight:

 The Boss of Pandora only discussed rates on top artists but the top 100 is only a fraction of how many artists are out there. He stated that they have better deals because they have more rope to pull. But I don't believe this is fair in the slightest. The artists out their struggling are being recognized but not financially supported fairly. 

Jaron Lewis's curator insight, November 9, 2014 2:11 PM

Representative from Pandora gives a statement about how much some artists actually make off of their streaming services. I believe this article is reliable as well because it comes from a reliable site in

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Pandora hits 200 million registered listeners milestone

Pandora hits 200 million registered listeners milestone | Pandora Kills |

aWe are very excited to announce today that Pandora has reached 200 million registered listeners! When we launched in 2005, we hoped to create a new way to discover and enjoy music t...

Kyle Walker's insight:

For the founders of Pandora this is a great milestone achievement. As for the artists of the industry being streamed i feel is a great downfall. This article was short but says it all. Pandora went from 100 million subscribers to 200 million in two years! 200 million people are not paying the artist they love but in fact paying a corporation.

Jonathan Caceres's curator insight, October 10, 2015 7:13 PM

200 million listeners is a LOT; it seems like more people are interested in streaming music daily than actually buying the album. I wonder if there would be so many listeners if it cost $20-50 a month.

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Watch Out, Pandora: Apple’s Streaming Radio Service Could Launch In Early 2013 | TechCrunch

Watch Out, Pandora: Apple’s Streaming Radio Service Could Launch In Early 2013 | TechCrunch | Pandora Kills |
According to a report out of Bloomberg, Apple may be working on a radio product to compete with Pandora.

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Kyle Walker's insight:

Its interesting to see how iTunes will compete with Pandora. Letting the subscriber be able to skip songs continuously without stoping them is a big step forward in online radio. The article does not explain how money will get distributed. It kind of scares me to see how powerful this radio will be. It might even destroy digital downloads all together it says in the last paragraph. 

Winston Mills's curator insight, July 15, 2013 11:33 PM

If Apple truly does decide to become a music streaming radio service, it could definitely be a major game changer. The article says, "it is expected to be the best internet radio ever," and I completely agree with that statement. Apple probably wouldn't have to abide by any licensing agreements with skipping songs, so that would make the listener or subscriber very happy. Again, if Apple does this, they will be number one, and very successful in this venture, as they are exceptionally successful in all things media driven. 

Tiffani Tran's curator insight, November 7, 2014 5:51 PM

I don't think Pandora will be in competition with Apple's Streaming Radio because Pandora has been out way longer and is more known in my opinion. But Apple's Streaming Radio will probably be providing a little more than what Pandora has to offer. I honestly choose Pandora over Apple Streaming to explore my music and hearing new things than just what i know.

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The Truth About Pandora's Payments to Artists

The Truth About Pandora's Payments to Artists | Pandora Kills |
Pandora mounted an effective publicity campaign Tuesday by revealing the big dollars in royalties some artists' songs generate on its service (as opposed to how...
Kyle Walker's insight:

Pandora claims they are paying the artist when instead they are paying SoundExchange. I chose this topic because I want to be aware of how payment is met from Pandora to the artist.. Pandora brags about how much major artists such as Drake and McClurkin are getting paid. In reality, artists are making less then half of what Pandora says they are getting paid. 

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Why the music industry is trying—and failing—to crush Pandora

Why the music industry is trying—and failing—to crush Pandora | Pandora Kills |

Pandora had been seeking to lower the amount it pays to publishers in royalties to be in line with that paid by terrestrial radio stations —  1.7% of gross annual revenue. Pandora’s argument was that its service is radio-like: Yes, you can personalize what you listen to, but you cannot play songs on demand, at your will, or offline. ASCAP had been seeking to increase rates to as high as 3% of Pandora’s gross revenue, citing the much higher rates paid by other digital services, such as Spotify. The court ended up ruling last month that the rate would stay unchanged at 1.85%.

Kyle Walker's insight:

It turns out Pandora has a strong case when it comes to the fairness of their rates. Even though ASCAP and every artist disagrees, Pandora some how has a safety net. If I was a songwriter I would start targeting the record labels for more of a cut. It is upsetting that at the end of the day business comes before product.

Hope Hausman's curator insight, October 30, 2014 9:55 AM

Why would you want to crash Pandora!?! Pandora is a great music app that I adore. My family even uses it for Christmas sometimes. Why would you want to crash such a fantastic app that's extremely popular? 

Josh Granese's curator insight, November 4, 2014 11:52 AM

I honestly don't even believe that 3% is enough money to pay back to the people who make Pandora what it is. Without the artists, Pandora wouldn't make any kind of money at all, it wouldn't exist. People made Pandora the size it is today through word of mouth and networking. But we never see a check. The artists that actually do get their music on Pandora deserve to be compensated WAY more than what they are.

Jamie McConnell's curator insight, March 15, 2015 6:53 PM

This case proves how complicated the greed is in the music industry.  Pandora won't pay the rights deserved by the artist, and the record labels demanding more money from art they didn't create.