Pandora founder announces Australian catch-ups

Macworld Australia Staff
30 November, 2012
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Founder of online music service Pandora Westergren is heading down under to host two open events for its listeners.

The events will be held at the Melbourne Town Hall on December 11 and The Establishment Ballroom in Sydney on December 12.

“These get togethers are very informal and are a chance for us to get to know listeners – to gather feedback and to also share our history and our vision for the future of Pandora, and for digital music in general,” Westergren said in an email inviting listeners to the events.

“I know it may be a bit of a trek, but if you’re game I’d love to have you there. We know we have a lot to learn about the music and musical culture of Australia, and we’re eager to get started.”

As we reported in July: Pandora, the US music service that previously shut down access to international users, lifted the ban mid year, with Australians regaining access to its music.

Launched in 2000, the project was a revolutionary offering in the still-emerging online music services market. But in 2007 Pandora began to prohibit non-US connections, which meant Australians had to find different access points to listen to music online.

While today Australians have a handful of music services on offer Pandora still offers something most other streaming services don’t, that is, a custom-built tracklist that plays more like a radio station.

The service is free, with ads included between songs. Currently, US users can purcahse a US$37 annual subscription for ad-free access.


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