The caveat to this story is that Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren was responding to a leading question from Fast Company, rather than making any kind of announcement about plans for a Pandora-branded app on Spotify’s apps platform. Here’s his response though: “Yeah, it’s an interesting thing to consider. The wild card here is music licensing. The implementation and partnerships are very much constrained by what licensing allows. We are a radio service, and we are subject to a very specific set of constraints as a consequence of our radio license. We’d love to offer more interactivity.” Meanwhile, Westergren is holding the party line that Spotify is not a threat to Pandora’s business, despite its recently revamped radio feature. “Each new entrant into Internet radio is to me further validation that this is where the future is. To the extent that Spotify launches radio, yes, that competes with us. But we’ve never lacked for competition.”

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