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by Jim Probasco.
So what if
) just released iTunes Radio?
) doesn't care. Pandora just released new iOS apps, including a new
iPad app and an upgraded iPhone app.
, the company also has a spiffy new logo and tag line, "Let there
be music," with a
to accompany the new slogan.
, the new iPad app includes a ton of additional info like artist
pages, lyrics and more, similar to features first introduced on the
company's iPhone app last year.
In addition, Pandora CTO Tom Conrad told GigaOM that the company
plans to release a dedicated Android tablet app soon.
Coinciding with Apple's release of iOS7, Pandora also made changes
to last year's iPhone app to make it more compatible with the new
The timing was not an accident. Conrad said the company purposely
rushed development to dovetail with the release of iOS7. He added,
however that concerns about the release of iTunes Radio did not
play a role in Pandora's timing.
Investors seem to agree with Pandora. As reported by
, following the release of iTunes Radio Wednesday, Pandora stock
went as high as $27.50 before closing at $27.35. Considering the
fact the stock wallowed in $7 territory as recently as last fall,
this is good news for Pandora.
Strong financials in August and the recent hiring of Brian
McAndrews might have bolstered investor confidence, according to
AllThingsD. Whatever the reasons, the notion that Pandora showed a
willingness to meet Apple on its own turf is a confidence booster
This is not to say Apple will not be a worthy opponent.
pointed out some of the many unique features of iTunes Radio,
including the tie-in with the iTunes Store. This means that if you
like what you hear on iTunes Radio, you are only a click away from
Some features, like the ability to create custom stations based on
artists, songs, or genres, are not unique to Apple, but the company
obviously hopes to "do it better."
Then there's Siri. Forbes noted that Apple's voice recognition
assistant offers hands-free access to features on iTunes Radio
including the ability to play, pause, or even skip songs.
In addition, you can ask, "Who sings this song?" thereby avoiding
the need to glance at the device screen (something you shouldn't be
doing while driving). You can also direct Siri to "Play more songs
like this," although in a custom station that should be happening
Overall, Pandora clearly believes the combination of new and
updated apps, along with a new slogan (and accompanying video) will
be sufficient to hold on to the top spot in Internet radio for a
long time to come.
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