"For Pandora, however, the long term prospect still points to an acquisition. My bet is that an offer will come either from Google or Facebook."
Interesting article from Forbes, I can understand FB ,but Google?
Its a deep pockets party. Google definitely has them. Google can gain both a #1 turnkey music streaming and a #3 mobile ad business in one shot. Google is #1 in mobile ad revs so it not only eliminates a top 3 competitor but also expands it outlet to include a 64M user listener base. Facebook would gain the same as #2 in mobile ad revs. A Google stock swap would be a layup as their shares have run quite nicely however a straight cash purchase is also a non-event for them. Facebook... Not so much.
Too bad Google just announced today that they're working on their own streaming music service. You've got to wonder why nobody would just buy Pandora, and would rather build their own service from the ground up. Maybe it's because everyone knows Pandora is dying a slow death.
"According to a report in The Financial Times (Google) is in talks with major record labels to launch such a service and offer competition to the likes of Spotify, Deezer, and Nokia Music. The company is expected to offer subscriptions as well as free unlimited listening."
So once Apple and Google roll out their own independent services, capturing everyone using an iDevice or an Android device, the death of Pandora will be quick, but not painless for you lot.