If you're a fan of Pandora's streaming internet radio service, you can finally breathe easy. The company (along with other internet radio outlets) had the shadow of a royalty increase looming overhead, but it appears that it has hammered out a deal that will keep it afloat. But in the effort to stay alive, Pandora had to make some sacrifices. And so may you. In an e-mail to TechCrunch, Pandora CTO Tom Conrad wrote:
Pandora appears to walking an extremely tight line between generating revenue and pleasing longtime listeners. We think that charging extremely heavy users a buck is more than reasonable--in fact, we're surprised that it isn't more. Still, there will undoubtedly be some who are upset about the move. What's you stance on Pandora's new heavy usage fee?