"Online music company Slacker will launch a Web ad today that targets its larger rival, Pandora (P), The New York Times reported yesterday. The ad will allege that Pandora plays the same song "over and over again," and note that Slacker has 10 times as many songs as Pandora, the newspaper reported."
1) I use Pandora and have yet to hear the same song "over and over"
2) 10x as many songs huh? That would mean 10x as many licensing and royalty issues to deal with as well.
One thing they forgot to mention is Slacker's sub price is 2.5x more expensive than Pandora's.One thing is true for sure is that Slacker is confirming Pandora's place as king of music streaming. I guess any publicity is good publicity for Slacker.
My experience is mostly listening to classical.
Sound quality at Slacker is poor, that's probably how they get it cheap, bad recordings.
Also, the performances are chopped up, snippets. Annoying.
Perhaps part of the royalty agreements.
Slacker is OK for free, wouldn't pay for that though.
After seven years of competing in the Internet Radio Market, Pandora has grown and continues to gain market share. Today, Pandora has over 75% of the Market and continues to dominate.
And yes, it is good to see “late comers” spending millions of dollars in a futile attempt to join the Market.