US personal radio service Pandora has officially launched its ‘New Pandora’ redesign, following a two-month preview of the new site to get feedback from its users. In a blog post, Pandora’s Tom Conrad describes it as “the same personalized radio experience you’ve enjoyed for years, wrapped in a new HTML5 look that makes it more responsive, easier to use, and better integrated with the friends and music lovers in your life”. It includes easier creation of personal stations; more artist info; and beefed-up social features, including a music feed to see what friends are listening to and commenting on. Oh, and this: “We’ve removed the 40 hours listening cap – you can now listen as much as you want for free.”. However, Billboard clarifies that latter point, claiming that Pandora now has a 320 hours-a-month ‘abuse prevention’ cap. Although at 12 hours a day, that’s more than 26 days, so it’s a pretty generous limit.
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