Pandora Internet Radio Will Have To Pay BMI A Higher Rate For Music

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Bad news for avid users of Pandora. According to a decision filed on December 19, the corporation will have to pay more for the music from BMI that it makes available for streaming via its internet radio service. The decision follows a several-month-long court case with BMI in which Pandora sought access to the company’s music catalog without being subject to negotiation over the cost of in-demand artists. This follows Pandora’s victory over ASCAP in an identical claim back in September. Pandora has yet to comment on the situation.

This could lead to an eventual hike in the cost of Pandora’s premium service, Pandora One, which currently stands at $36 a year or $3.99 per month. It could also lead to the temporary removal of BMI’s catalog from the streaming service if Pandora refuses to pay the increased fees. With the growing popularity of iTunes Radio and the constant threat of having to pay more for the content that they already use, things don’t look too good for Pandora. We’ll update you if any more details arise.

John Bazley

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