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[Update: Deezer integration goes live] Waze adds 7 partners to its in-app music player, including Pandora, Stitcher, and TuneIn

Listening to music, podcasts, and audiobooks while driving can make or break your commutes and long road trips. Engaging audio content keeps you entertained and alert, but you don't want to get your eyes off the road to switch between your navigation app and music app simply to skip ahead or rewind. This is why Waze added Spotify integration last year, and is now expanding its in-app player to seven more partners.

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Pandora app gets voice controls powered by SoundHound

The Pandora app is about to get easier to control, provided you don't mind yelling at your phone. Like everything else under the sun, the app is getting voice controls. Thanks to a partnership with SoundHound, you'll be able to ask Pandora to play different tracks, modify playlists, and more.

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Pandora has added a podcast discovery feature to its Android app

The latest update to the music discovery app Pandora finally adds a much-requested feature — podcasts. More than 100,000 episodes across a wide range of genres are available through Pandora as of the latest version, so if you're a heavy user of the app who's been going elsewhere for your pods, you no longer need to.

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SiriusXM plans to acquire Pandora for $3.5 billion

Pandora has largely been overshadowed by Spotify in the world of music streaming, but it's still alive and kicking. Back in August, Pandora Premium support was finally added to Google Assistant, and T-Mobile began giving customers a year of Pandora Plus. Now the company has been acquired in an all-stock transaction by SiriusXM, valued at approximately $3.5 billion.

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T-Mobile is giving customers a free year of Pandora Plus and access to their own local 'Team of Experts'

At its Uncarrier event held today, T-Mobile unveiled several new promotions and services aimed at bolstering its reputation as a customer-friendly, "subversive" wireless brand. Among them: a free year of Pandora Plus for customers, discounted live music tickets from Live Nation, free 30-day service trials, and the official launch of a customer service overhaul.

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Pandora Premium now works with Google Assistant, and new subscribers can get a 90-day trial

New tunes are arriving on Google Home devices today with the addition of Pandora Premium to the supported Assistant music services. After connecting your account, Assistant across all your devices can stream music directly from Pandora with new premium features. You can even give Pandora Premium a try for free.

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Pandora quietly adds $14.99/month Premium Family Plan for up to six accounts

Pandora isn't nearly as popular as it once was, but it still has a fairly sizable userbase. The company has just quietly introduced a new family plan, aptly dubbed 'Premium Family,' that allows for up to six different Pandora accounts to gain access to Premium features for $14.99 per month.

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Pandora Premium finally works on the web

It may be true that mobile devices account for more than 50% of all internet usage around the world, but that doesn't mean you're allowed to neglect the desktop segment entirely. Up until now, if your preferred music service was Pandora, you were out of luck if you wanted to listen to Pandora Premium on your desktop. Thankfully, Pandora has just announced they are finally launching their premium tier for the web, catching up with other services such as Spotify.

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Music licensing fees paid by streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music to increase

The Copyright Royalty Board of the U.S. Library of Congress—which determines the licensing fees paid by streaming services to artists (and their publishers)—has reportedly increased the royalty rate from 10.5% to 15.1% of total revenues for the five-year period from 2018 to 2022. Streaming services rely on the compulsory license established under U.S. law rather than negotiate directly with publishers. For comparison, Netflix and Amazon must negotiate with studios for the use of programs, which is why their catalogs are not "all-inclusive" in the way that music streaming services are.

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Pandora for Android TV adds premium subscription support, Google Assistant, and more

Pandora went many years without a traditional music streaming option like Spotify or Play Music, but it eventually added the $10 Premium tier that allows you to play whatever tuns you want. However, the Android TV client has been lagging behind. Today, a new version is rolling out that adds support for Premium subscriptions along with a few other features.

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