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Pandora: We're 150,000,000 music lovers strong

The Internet radio service offers the second most downloaded app in the history of Apple's App Store.

Joe Kennedy, president of Pandora, talks up mobility at the CTIA 2012 show in New Orleans.
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NEW ORLEANS--Pandora has surpassed 150 million users, according to CEO Joe Kennedy.

The Internet radio service remains the second most downloaded app in the history of Apple's App Store, Kennedy said during a keynote address at the CTIA Wireless conference here today.

Pandora recently faced stiff competition from latecomer Spotify, which has managed to capture some buzz from recent announcements, such as its move open up the service to third-party developers. Spotify said a few months ago that it has 3 million paying customers.

But Pandora believes it is at the early stages of the growth curve.

"We truly believe this is just the beginning," he said.

Pandora, for example, is working to get its service integrated into cars from virtually all automakers. In many cars, Pandora will be placed next to the traditional radio.

Kennedy also noted that its entire user base is in the United States.