Earlier this year, streaming radio service Pandora relaunched its service in Australia and New Zealand (Bulletin, 10-Jul-12) after several years of US-only operations. It was a beta launch though, with no mobile apps available. Now Pandora has pushed the button on a full launch on those countries. “We have been extra thorough in curating some new genre stations for local artists from both countries. We know how much they mean to our listeners,” writes founder Tim Westergren in a blog post. “Also, now that we are fully live, listeners in Australia and New Zealand can download our mobile app.” He’s going to be hosting ‘Town Hall’ events in Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney this week to meet users. We reckon he may meet a few artists asking questions about Pandora payouts, given the recent intense debate around the company’s business model. The news came as Jane Huxley was appointed as Pandora’s MD for Australia and New Zealand, with a spokesperson telling TechCrunch the company remains “patiently opportunistic” about launching elsewhere in the world.

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