News by Andrew Kameka on Friday August 23, 2013.
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Pandora is ending its once necessary but annoying paradox: the company built its personal radio streaming apps to make members want to listen to music all the time, but limited them to only 40 hours of mobile playback per month unless they upgraded to the premium service. The restriction, which meant that you could only listen during the average work week, will be lifted September 1st. The ad-supported tier of Pandora membership will once again be time-clock free starting next month. Mobile listeners will be able to stream music during the commute to work, at work, on the way home, and during their evening activities.
In the event that someone listens to Pandora even as he or she goes to sleep, the Android and iOS apps will be able to handle those issues as well. Pandora has introduced a Sleep Timer that can play a station and automatically stop streaming 15, 30, or 60 minutes later. The feature is less important now that Pandora plans to end the capped listening hours, but Sleep Timer can still be useful to avoid an ad or song waking listeners in the middle of the night.source: Pandora, via: Engadget
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