Pandora goes free (and ad-supported) on Logitech Squeezebox--with other devices likely to follow
Pandora's subscription-based Internet music service will now be free on Logitech Squeezebox devices--though you'll have to sit through some ads.
Addto the list of free online music services you can access through the Logitech Squeezebox. Previously, the music service--which creates the equivalent of personalized radio stations based on your favorite artists and music genres--required a $36 yearly subscription fee to be accessed on a network digital audio player in the home. But there is a trade-off: the free service will be ad-supported (the subscription plan remains available to users who prefer an ad-free experience).
Initially, it appears that the Logitech Squeezebox products will be the only home audio streamer with access to the free Pandora service. However, it's a safe bet that the ad-supported Pandora service will also be making its way to the other two devices that support the current subscription service: the
The free Pandora tier isn't a huge surprise in the wake of the company's recently released, which had already blazed the trail for an ad-supported service. (The browser- and Pandora is also free, with the ads appearing onscreen rather than through the audio stream.) No word on whether or AT&T users of the Pandora's On The Go service will be getting a free option, however--in the meantime, they're paying $3 and $9 per month, respectively.
If you want to know more about Pandora's evolving subscription and advertising models, tune in to this week's, where Senior Editor Donald Bell talks with Pandora founder Tim Westergren.