Thursday, September 12, 2013

Pandora going the way of Nokia--into Microsoft?

Pandora's new CEO is a former Microsoft executive.  Does Microsoft need an internet radio service to compete?  Does this sound like Nokia's situation all over again?

Microsoft is using Pandora is an advertising-free internet radio service on Windows Phone, at the moment.  I'm just wondering if two or three years down the road, especially if Apple succeeds with their service, if Pandora will be on the ropes, and willing to be acquired by Microsoft.

Maybe, they've already made such plans.  It's just a thought.

Update 2014.03.03: I'm thinking about this more since Pandora was excluded from the services in Apple's CarPlay announcement.

Pandora said "At this time, Pandora is not integrated with Apple CarPlay. As a first mover in the auto space, we continue to broaden our relationships with OEMs while also exploring other opportunities to expand our presence in the car. Apple has been and continues to be a valued partner."

Does this have to do with their OEM deals or is it something to do with their deal to put Pandora on Windows Phone?

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