RAIN 9/21: Pandora slashes listening limits, delivers new website to all users

Michael Schmitt
September 21, 2011 - 11:00am

Pandora today launchedPandora's new HTML5-powered website its new redesigned website to all users while removing its 40-hour per month listening cap.

The new site is faster (thanks to swapping out Adobe's Flash technology for HTML5), includes a strong focus on social media and better organizes the service's features. It rolled out to Pandora One premium subscribers in July. Pandora CTO Tom Conrad says the company has been working on the redesign for "more than a year."

You can read more about Pandora's new website in our review here and our original coverage here.

Conrad also announced today that Pandora has removed its 40-hour listening cap for free users. You can find his blog post here.

For more analysis, check out Elliot Van Buskirk's article in Evolver.fm (here) in which he ponders how the new Pandora will work with Facebook's coming music announcement.

Michael Schmitt
September 21, 2011 - 11:00am

iHeartRadioCNet reports that iHeartRadio's BlackBerry app is now compatible with Ford's in-dash Sync system. That means drivers can listen to Clear Channel's iHeartRadio content and control playback via voice commands.

Ford also supports Pandora's BlackBerry app and says "many other app integrations are in the works," according to CNet (here).

Michael Schmitt
September 21, 2011 - 11:00am

CNet reports ESPN Radio on Slackerthat starting today, ESPN Radio content will be available on Slacker. The partnership between ESPN Radio and Slacker was announced six months ago (RAIN coverage here).

Slacker users can now create custom sports radio stations "based on the type of sport, teams, or ESPN programs," writes CNet. They can also add hourly SportsCenter updates to their music stations. Slacker provides other non-music programming thanks to a partnership with ABC News (more here).

Find more coverage from CNet here.

Michael Schmitt
September 21, 2011 - 11:00am

Bloomberg earlier Bloomberg's mobile appsthis week announced the launch of its Bloomberg Radio+ app for iPhone and iPod Touch devices. Users can stream Bloomberg Radio 24/7 via the app, listen to on-demand podcasts, view "real-time charts, get the latest market information and news, and access guest bios," says Bloomberg.

Writes Audio4Cast's Jennifer Lane: "It is a good example of the way a radio app can become so much more on a mobile device…[the app] is a big value proposition for listeners -- and a smart move for Bloomberg." You can find Lane's coverage here and Bloomberg's press release here.