SiriusXM creates a new ‘original content’ team at Pandora
Original content is all the rage at Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services, so why shouldn’t Pandora join the party? Its new parent company SiriusXM has created a dedicated ‘content team’ at...
March 7, 2019
Pandora launches ‘stories’ as a blend of podcasts and playlists
Pretty much every social-media service now has ‘stories’ as a format, so why shouldn’t music-streaming services? However, Pandora’s launch of a ‘stories’ feature isn’t what you might expect (i.e. short video...
February 27, 2019
SiriusXM reveals more on its plans for Pandora
As it prepares to close its acquisition of Pandora, satellite-radio service SiriusXM has published its latest quarterly financials. We already new from the company’s trading update earlier this month that it ended 2018...
January 31, 2019
Pandora CEO out as shareholders approve SiriusXM acquisition
Pandora’s shareholders have approved its acquisition by satellite-radio firm SiriusXM, which is now expected to close shortly. And the deal will mean changes at the top for the US streaming service, including the departure...
January 30, 2019
‘Hey Pandora’ – streaming service gets its own voice assistant
Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri and… Pandora? Yes: the US music-streaming service is launching its very own voice-assistant, initially as part of its mobile app. Pandora is working with SoundHound’s ‘Houndify’ technology...
January 16, 2019
US satellite-radio service SiriusXM now has 34m subscribers
SiriusXM ended last year with around 34 million subscribers for its US satellite-radio service, including 28.9 million classed as ‘self-pay’ subscribers (as opposed to being on a trial or having it bundled with their...
January 9, 2019
Pandora reportedly seventh top-grossing iOS app of 2018
Music-streaming service Pandora was the seventh top-grossing iOS app of 2018, despite the fact that it’s only available in North America. That’s according to data from mobile-analytics firm Sensor Tower, published by...
December 17, 2018
Pandora debuts its Podcast Genome Project for recommendations
Pandora has launched its Podcast Genome Project, which aims to do for podcasts what its famous Music Genome Project does for music – blend human and algorithmic curation to make recommendations to its listeners. For now,...
November 14, 2018
Pandora financial results reveal subscriptions growth but active-listeners decline
US streaming service Pandora is in the process of being bought by satellite-radio company SiriusXM, but for now it remains an independent, public company. That’s why we got its latest quarterly financial results last...
November 6, 2018
Pandora sticks with SiriusXM acquisition as latter reveals latest financials
When US music-streaming service Pandora recently announced plans to be acquired by satellite-radio firm Sirius XM, it also revealed a ‘go-shop’ clause enabling it to seek out alternative buyers for a limited time. That...
October 25, 2018
Sandbox Issue 214: Radio Ahead. Pitching to the non-traditional radio giants
Lead: In the good old days, you could just employ a plugger to get your songs played on radio (or, if you had deep pockets and shallow morals, you could engage in some light payola). Today what “radio” actually is has...
October 17, 2018
Facebook Portal smart speakers include Spotify, Pandora and iHeartRadio partnerships
Facebook has finally unveiled its first two smart speakers: the Portal and Portal+. Well, we say smart 'speakers' - like Amazon's Echo Show, these devices have screens built in too. Facebook's new devices are available...
October 8, 2018