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Thumbs-up to you!

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Just over a week ago, on Sunday, April 24th at 4:46pm, “Ridin’ Solo” by Jason DeRulo received Pandora’s 10 billionth thumb. 10 BILLION…wow!

Of the many milestones we’ve hit over the past 6 years, this is perhaps the one that makes us most proud. We created Pandora to bring personalization to radio, to allow each individual to determine the sound of their stations, and to make it as simple and intuitive as possible. There is no greater evidence for us of meeting that objective than the ongoing engagement you have all shown in your use of the thumbs.
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Happy New Year from all of us here at Pandora

Hey, it’s Tim from Pandora –

I’m writing to wish you a very Happy New Year from all of us here at Pandora! And what a year it was…

First, a heartfelt thanks to all of you for continuing to be such engaged listeners and such wonderful evangelists. In 2010 we doubled our audience to over 75 million people! And that was mostly thanks to continued word of mouth. For that we are deeply appreciative.

As always, interacting with listeners continues to be our greatest joy, and greatest source of feedback. You now send us over 25,000 emails every month. What an incredible fountain of information, constructive feedback, and validation that continues to be… and those thumbs! In 2010 alone, you thumbed over 3 billion songs (mostly thumbs-up… phew!).

Getting your stations right continues to be our obsession – and a work in progress. It’s a (wonderfully) hard problem and something we continue to work on every day. Your feedback is invaluable to that effort.
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Sioux Falls and Omaha

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Well, we capped off the Dakotas/Nebraska tour with a lecture at Augustana College in Sioux Falls (thanks to the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society) on Thursday and a terrific town hall that evening; then a meetup at the amazing Durham museum in Omaha last night (with a relaxing drive across the plains in between). We sure lucked out on the weather this trip. Not a flake of snow.

sd 3.jpgSioux Falls – thanks to Jeremy and the crew at the Museum for Visual Materials for being such a great host and for spreading the news locally. And what a turnout – around 250 people showed up for a very lively conversation – first time we’ve had more people show up than actually RSVPd. I learned something: classical music helps plants grow faster than rock music… That’s apparently been scientifically proven. Go figure.
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Town Halls This Week: Fargo, Grand Forks, Sioux Falls, Omaha

In our ongoing quest to meet up with listeners across the country we’re headed to North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska, for visits that we had set up once before and had to reschedule at the last minute… I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. We’ll host Town Halls (see below) – very informal gatherings where I’ll share some Pandora history, some background on the Music Genome Project and talk about what’s ahead for Pandora. I also want to hear what’s on your mind – questions, complaints, ideas…everything is fair game. Direct listener feedback is one of the things that keeps us jazzed at Pandora. It should be a fun time, complete with free Pandora t-shirts!
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