The streaming service that started it all missed its revenue projections and closed down 4.8% yesterday and continued the free fall in after hours trading.
There was a lot to like in their third quarter results but shareholders were apparently having none of it.
Listener hours grew by 5% (wouldn’t radio love that). But active listeners fell slightly (still Bob Pittman would love to be Pandora).
Advertising without having to do Jingle Ball events and concerts was up 7.5%.
But paid subscriptions were down 1.4% at a time when Spotify is claiming 40 million paid subscribers worldwide and Apple just has to sneeze and comes up with 17 million subscribers to a just-okay Apple Music.
As of September Pandora had an estimated four million subscribers.
Pandora, therefore, is an ad based medium.
So Pandora is junk now, right?
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- Pandora stock tanked yesterday, they have more competitors than ever – is this the end of Pandora?
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- The surprising thing that will happen if Pandora’s number one competitor, Spotify, eventually goes public.
- Will Pandora’s recent Spotify-like enhancements cut into Spotify?
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