Dear Chicagoans -
I’ve been looking forward to the Apple store talk this coming Tuesday in the windy city. Unfortunately, for personal reasons I have be in California on Tuesday. I will be ably replaced by Tom Conrad, our CTO. Tom runs engineering at Pandora, so he’s ultimately the wizard behind the application. I dare you to stump him with technical questions. He’s been with us from the very beginning of Pandora, so he’ll also talk about our history and where Pandora is heading.
Sorry I can’t make it, but I’m already talking with the store about coming in the new year. In the meantime, I encourage you to drop by to meet with Tom. You’ll enjoy his talk. He’s much smarter than I am…
Cheers. Tim (Founder)
At 10:04am this morning we hit 2,000,000 registered iPhone Pandora users!
We’re hearing all sorts of wonderful feedback from listeners who are using it on their commute, jogging with it, plugging it into home audio systems…you name it. And as usual, offering all sorts of great feedback and suggestions. It’s thrilling for us to see the broader vision for Pandora take shape. Our hearty thanks for your continued support and input.
It also makes us very happy to know that the 60,000+ artists in our collection are now getting played on car radios all across the country. Times they are a changin’ …
Thanks also to the iPhone and iTunes teams at Apple who have been, and continue to be, so helpful and supportive.
Cheers. Tim (Founder)
Last year, a crew of music-loving British documentary filmmakers joined Tim as he hosted town hall meetings and hit open mic nights across the country. The first of these episodes has just premiered on their website DigForFire. It’s set in New York City.
They have a whole collection of cool live music videos as well. Check ‘em out.
We’re fast approaching 2 million registered iPhone users… Crazy! To celebrate this entry to the world of free mobile radio, Apple has generously allowed us to host some show-and-tells at their stores around the country. I’ll be sharing some Pandora history, new developments, and a deep dive into the iPhone, which we love so much…
Hope you’ll join me for an informative and hopefully interactive get together at one of these beautiful store, uh.. I mean museum, locations:
Santa Monica, Thursday November 13th, 7pm
1248 Third Street Promenade (310) 576 1011
Boston, Monday November 17th, 12 Noon
815 Boylston Street (617) 385 9400
Chicago, Tuesday December 9th, 7pm
679 North Michigan Ave., (312) 981 4104
Cheers. Tim (Founder)
From the lonesome lakes of Wisconsin to California’s fields and orchards, JJ Schultz has been traveling and writing country-folk ballads. As we hear here, one of the main tensions in classic country songwriting is the balance between sweet, major-key melodies and melancholy words. It’s a tradition of songcraft that places value on specific imagery, concrete visual descriptions, and identifiable situations. Those lyrical scenes are key. This episode explores the tradition, and extols the virtues of great songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, Kenny Rogers and Willie Nelson. (12 mins.)
That link above is to JJ’s site, but this one is to his Pandora artist profile.
When he’s not here working at Pandora’s headquarters, you might find JJ Schultz hosting a great weekly open mic night at Hotel Utah in San Francisco. You might also find him with pen in hand working on new songs. His three albums of original songs range from folk to country to other strains of Wisconsin-bred Americana. Today, however, we focus on that country music. We get into classic country songwriting, looking at how major-key melodies mix with sad lyrics to establish a setting for those vivid, very specific images.
Thanks for listening,
This is a very sad day for Pandora, and for me personally. Today we reduced our staff from 140 to 120 employees. Like virtually every company, Pandora is not immune to the challenges presented by the current economic turmoil. We are trying to react quickly and responsibly to the new environment.
We cherish our employees. We have painstakingly built a team that I am tremendously proud of – there’s not a person in our company who hasn’t contributed substantially to what we do, and who we are. The twenty folks we let go today were no exception.
I started this company nine years ago. I lived through some very tough times back in 2001-2002. But letting go of an employee will, for me at least, always be the most gut-wrenching thing there is. We tried our best today to treat these friends and colleagues with great understanding, and with as much financial support for their transition as we can afford.
There are tough times ahead for the economy, but our listenership is growing rapidly, the Internet radio royalty rate resolution seems finally near, and the explosion of mobile devices like the iPhone are opening up a world of opportunity for internet radio to expand off the desktop. Moreover, our ad sales are growing so well that, not only did we not make any reductions there, we need to continue to hire more.
It’s just hard to be excited about all that today.
A couple more verbal answers to commonly asked questions. This week’s topics:
IS PANDORA REALLY FREE?
HOW CAN I MAKE MY STATION BETTER?
HOW DO I LIMIT MY STATION TO A PARTICULAR STYLE?
Please feel free to post any questions you’d like elaborated… we’re all ears!
Cheers. Tim (Founder)
If you missed the recent Pandora meet-up in New York, you can catch me at the Apple Store in SoHo on Thursday, October 16th, 2008.
This will be a get together to talk about Pandora on the iPhone–including the newest updates to the application. I’ll also share a little about the history of Pandora, how the Music Genome Project works and answer any questions you might have about the service and the company. Should be a fun evening.
Please RSVP to let us know you’ll be there by sending an email to email@example.com with “APPLE STORE” in the subject line. Feel free to bring as many guests as you like! Seats will be first come first served.
Full details below:
What: Tim Westergren, founder of Pandora, at the Apple Store in SoHo.
When: Thursday, October 16th, 2008 at 6 PM
Where: Apple Store in SoHo–103 Prince Street, New York City
Hope to see you there!
Congratulations to the winners of the 2nd Annual Pandora Poster Contest! We had a lot of great entries this year from some amazingly talented people.
The Grand Prize winner will receive $500, the Runner-up will receive $250, and the Editor’s Choice winner will receive $500.
Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the contest, and an extra congratulations to the winners.
|Grand Prize Winner
Artist: Rebecca Zaharia
Artist: Hadley Rouse
Artist: Mandy Gordon
Donate now to one of our Global Giving projects to get a poster. With a minimum $10 donation, you can select which poster to receive. Donate at least $20 and receive all three.