Pandora reveals new design; removes listening cap

The popular music streaming service Pandora has decided to launch a major revamp of its web site. The company announced today that the new site design comes after over a year of work and beta testing.

The site now uses HTML5 rather than Flash, which eliminates the need for browsers to download a plug-in in order to use the site's features, making it simpler than ever before. Pandora said it tested the the new design on some of its users over the past couple of months in order to fix some final bugs.

Besides the switch from Flash to HTML5, the new Pandora will now let its users listen to music for as long as they want as the company has removed its previous 40 hour listening cap. There is still has an optional premium service that eliminates ads on the site and offers an increase in the bitrate for songs to 192 kbps.

The new design also features improvements to creating Pandora stations and lets users share station URLs with others on Facebook, Twitter and sites, and listeners can now make the choice to shuffle their Pandora stations to add some more variety to their listening experience.

Pandora launched its public stock offering back in June 2011, at which time it said the service had 80 million users with over 800,000 music tracks. However, there's a lot of competition in the music streaming business, the biggest being Spotify, which has a large following in Europe and finally launched here in the US earlier this summer.

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11 Comments

The site won't work in my Firefox for some reason, and in Chrome it bypasses adblock. Quite irritating. But still a nice update to the site.

SSCorporal said,
The site won't work in my Firefox for some reason, and in Chrome it bypasses adblock. Quite irritating. But still a nice update to the site.
haha did you try ie9? smooth as butter

SSCorporal said,
The site won't work in my Firefox for some reason, and in Chrome it bypasses adblock. Quite irritating. But still a nice update to the site.

LOL, sorry you can't get their service without paying by looking at ads now!

THIS is why services like Pandora can't turn a profit.

Surprising development, considering how easy it becomes to save the music to your hard disk. Not that flash made it difficult, but it certainly didn't make it this easy.

The Dark Knight said,
Nope, it's still US only unfortunately. Although you can easily bypass that with a VPN!

It actually did work a little while back...
However when I just visited page I was greated with this

"We are deeply, deeply sorry to say that due to licensing constraints, we can no longer allow access to Pandora for listeners located outside of the U.S. We will continue to work diligently to realize the vision of a truly global Pandora, but for the time being we are required to restrict its use. We are very sad to have to do this, but there is no other alternative."

I'm seriously getting tired of all the record labels and movie companies, what's up with these stupid licenses? Why won't they let companies sell (or provide trough other services) their music outside the US? I just don't get what their problem is, don't they want my money?

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