Why Pandora can’t just play your favorite band – CNN.com

by daveway on March 4, 2011

in News Articles

Pandora’s internet radio service doesn’t force variety onto listeners for their health. In this case, it’s the law, says founder Tim Westergren.

The website lets users type in the names of their favorite songs or musicians in order to get a radio station customized to their tastes.

Newcomers to Pandora, and even some longtime listeners, have wondered why, if they type in, say, “The Beatles,” they can’t just get a marathon of Fab Four tracks.

The answer is tucked away in a support page on the company’s website and was addressed directly by its founder last week.

Pandora operates under a government statutory license…

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