Pandora Ends the Tyranny of 40-Hour Listening Caps

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Remember back in the day when you listened to Pandora and hit your 40-hour listening limit?

“Wait, what? No more music?” you ask, brow furrowing as you slowly remove your earbuds. “Geez, 99 cents? For an entire month of streaming radio that I can customize as I please? Does it LOOK like I’m made of money?”

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You pull open a few drawers, rifling through old papers and dusty forgotten pencils. You find a dime and four pennies. Nothing more.

“Dammit,” you mutter, eyes shifting side-to-side. Your co-workers? They have no idea. Figures. They still have Pandora.

“I…I…can’t do anything without my Steely Dan station. How will I work?” Your breath quickens. Your hands begin to tremble. You instinctively lift your legs and assume a fetal position in your chair, which feels somehow stiffer and less ergonomic than you remember it. You start rocking back and forth, head tucked between your knees.

This is what being powerless feels like.

“Music should be free.” Bob Dylan said that, maybe, but you’re too shaken to Google it. “Music…should be free.”


Well, if you’re that person, good news: The tyranny of Pandora’s listening cap has ended. That means unlimited listening, like what Mog and Rdio are doing. They also redid the site with some pretty HTML 5 so it’s faster and sleeker, too, with nifty artist bios and lyrics underneath each song.

Steely Dan radio is yours again. Work will get done.

Click here to read more about it.

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Chris Gayomali is a reporter at TIME. Find him on Twitter at @chrigz, on Facebook, or on Google+. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.