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Pandora introduces 99-cent day pass

From the Cheapskate: Want ad-free streaming for your next party? You don't need a full month of Pandora One; now you can pay as you go.

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Raise your hand if you've been in this situation: It's party time, so you queue up your favorite Pandora playlist. Five songs in, suddenly you're hearing commercials. How embarrassing!

The solution, of course, is to pony up for a Pandora One subscription, which affords, among other things, ad-free listening. But that costs $4.99 per month or $54.89 per year. If your budget can't handle that, or you just don't mind the ads most of the time, Pandora has a solution: the Day Pass.

For 99 cents, you get 24 hours of Pandora One, with all the benefits thereof: no commercials, more skips, fewer station pauses and higher-quality streaming (if you're listening via a Web browser).

The option debuts tomorrow, Sept. 10. Today, as part of the company's 10-year-anniversary Listener Love celebration, you can get the equivalent of a day pass free of charge. Just sign in to your Pandora account and start listening.

Going forward, you can purchase a pass via the Android or iOS Pandora app. Just head to Settings, tap Pandora One and choose One Day Pass. Each pass you buy will be billed as an in-app purchase (meaning via Apple or Google).

Are there times when you've wished for ad-free Pandora but didn't want to commit to a subscription? If so, do you think this is something you'd use?