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Pandora HTML5 Available for Everyone; No More 40-Hour Cap

Popular music streaming service Pandora has finished beta testing its new HTML5 web interface and rolled it out to all users. At the same time they’ve removed the free-user cap of 40 hours per month–listen for free as long as you want.

The new interface is a huge improvement over the old one; the transition away from Flash to HTML5 has increased speed and includes an interface update. If an interface overhaul doesn’t excite you, they also removed the cap from the free accounts–free users can listen to as much music as they wish. Upgrading to a premium account unlocks additional features and removes the ads.

You can read more about the changes at Pandora in their official announcement at the link below.

New Pandora For All [Pandora via Tech Crunch]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 09/21/11

Comments (10)

  1. Michael

    Your headline is a bit misleading – Pandora is still open only in the US.
    My hopes were just raised for a second there :-(


    its just plain false.

    such headlines make me angry. raising hope for clicks.

  3. Biu

    Yeah, Michael, I thouth the same :(
    No Pandora here in Brazil..

  4. Non-US guy

    I use Hotspot Shield to access US-only websites like Hulu and Pandora. Try googling it. Works great!

  5. g.berger

    here to in canada false hope.ive had worked so hard to create my station.
    all that for nothing stupid laws.
    geek i love youre site

  6. Daniel

    Pandora HTML5 available for everyone?
    … So I use OpenSuse Linux. I have tried out Seamonkey 2.3.3, Firefox 6.0.2, Chromium 16, and Google Chrome 14. NONE of these browsers supports Pandora HTML5. It goes back to the same codecs debate. W3C wanted HTML5 to use an open standards format, but Pandora isn’t using one. The result is browsers can’t play the audio. Mine as well stick with Flash.

  7. Pete

    WORLD WIDE WEB… yeah right.

  8. Robert

    Thanks for posting this. I reinstalled Pandora and am enjoying it on both my Droid and this laptop as I “work.” But after starting it, I was reminded of an annoyance you can probably cure quickly: when I click a link from a HTG e-mail, it always opens in my active IE8 window, even though my Tab options are set to open new links in a new window. Tried resetting to open in a new tab…same result, it closes the tab/window and kills the song as the new tab/window opens. True of all links in all messages opened in the OE window. I know it’s easy to copy the link and open a blank page and insert the link, but I’m old and use that as an excuse for forgetting. Any ideas? Thanks.

  9. Dipswitch

    Ah yes, employing the old “Everyone” actually means “All Americans” trick, eh?

  10. required

    We are deeply, deeply sorry to say that due to licensing constraints, we can no longer allow access to Pandora for listeners located outside of the U.S.

    You Americans, you crack me up…

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