Tom Conrad Discusses Pandora Internet Radio
In May, 2009, Tom Conrad, CTO of Pandora Internet Radio appeared on MobileBeyond in a “behind the scenes” audio interview. Recently, Pandora went public on the New York Stock Exchange and now has an valuation of $4 billion dollars.
Over the years–first with personal computers, later mobile phones, Pandora delivered a superb music streaming service now streaming over most mobile phones and devices.
What you’re about to hear is the original audio interview with Tom. During the 43 minute podcast interview, he gives greater insights about how Pandora Internet Radio started, the Music Genome Project, growing up as a child and his incredible love of music.
If Pandora didn’t exist, Tom Conrad would have have invented it.
Struggling Over the Advertising Issue
For years, the company struggled without advertising income. Only recently, it began inserting ads in its service. But, like other Internet and social media firms in the Bay Area, the company hesitated, fearing they’d lose their loyal listeners. That was the least likely scenario for Pandora Internet Radio, having gained great respect from millions of Internet radio listeners who take Pandora with them everywhere.
Future of Pandora and Music Streaming Services
Watching Pandora change in the last few years since going public will be fascinating. Listeners and stockholders have great hope that the delivering superb music quality and customer care will let the company compete effectively with Apple’s iTunes, Amazon’s new Kindle Fire and other devices and services. With Tom heading up the company, I have no doubt it will.
I thoroughly enjoyed talking with Tom (we’re both musicians). He’s humorous, yet very serious about “giving people the music they love.” Enjoy the interview and feel free to leave personal comments your experiences using Pandora Internet Radio.
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