Here are some of the questions I asked Tom:
- How has Apple’s introduction of iTunes Radio changed the calculus for Pandora?
- Are you personally surprised by how big Pandora has become?
- Why has Pandora become so big and not its many competitors? What’s your secret sauce?
- Are there any plans to add spoken work/talk content to the platform?
- Are there any plans to add local traffic, weather and news to the platform?
- What will the Pandora user experience be like in 3 years?
- What plans does Pandora have to gather and aggregate deeper lifestyle information about its users allowing advertisers to target more than age, sex, location, and device?
- Pandora offers an ad-free tier to listeners, but does promoting that ad-free tier paint ads as “evil” to advertisers and listeners alike?
Listen and watch closely when Tom announces what non-music content Pandora is likely to add. I think his implications speak volumes about Pandora’s future plans.
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