Pandora CEO Kennedy: Not Afraid Of Apple
January 8, 2013

Speaking at the Citi Global Entertainment, Media and Telecommunications Conference in Las Vegas on Monday, Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy said his company is not worried about potential competition from Apple, which is expected to launch its own music streaming service in 2013. When asked if he was worried Apple would drop Pandora from its devices if it launched its own competitor, Kennedy said, "We have made Pandora a de facto must-have for any Internet-connected device," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

"I don’t think we have any fear of losing distribution on any of the IOS platforms," Kennedy added. "That would be suicidal for Apple to remove Pandora from its platforms. That would probably be the greatest gift they could give to Google and Samsung. So, if Apple were to do something, they’d have to compete with us straight up."

Kennedy added that Pandora is fully focused on music, and has no plans to add any talk, comedy or other spoken word formats to its offerings. He also discussed in-car audio as a growth market for Pandora, saying only one million of its users currently are from in-car listenership.

"Fundamentally, the Internet is just beginning to reach all of those places where consumers historically listen to radio. Almost half of all radio listening is historically in the car," Kennedy said, according to THR. "A million is a pretty good milestone. Obviously, given our scale of 67 million regular listeners, that’s still a relatively small piece of the puzzle. But that is a snowball that will continue to grow and continue to grow and become material in some number of years."

Also on Monday, Pandora announced a new integration deal with Chrysler and released its own audience metrics for December 2012, reported that its listener hours for last month were 1.39 billion, up 54 percent from December of 2011.




 
Breaking News
Nielsen Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results
WRQX's Marc Orem Named Cumulus' "CBOS Star of the Week"
In Brief - July 30, 2014
July 29, 2014
SiriusXM Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results
Do It For Kidd
In Brief - July 29, 2014
July 28, 2014
CCM+E Names Maynard SVP of Programming
Bob Rivers Ending Long-Running Morning Show
In Brief - July 28, 2014
July 25, 2014
eQB NOW
The Week In Review: 7/21-7/25
Pandora Reports Increase In Revenue, Net Loss In Q2
WRQX/Washington, D.C. Announces New Morning Show
In Brief - July 25, 2014
July 24, 2014
WQHT (HOT 97) New York Names Jay Dixon As Program Director
Townsquare Media, Inc. Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering
iHeartRadio Survey Reveals Funniest Woman in America + Best Disney Song Ever
In Brief - July 24, 2014
July 23, 2014
Taylor Swift, Coldplay & More To Headline 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival
CC Media Holdings Reports 1% Revenue Increase In Q2
CBS LOCAL Personalizes Event Discovery, Content Delivery With Agreement To Acquire Eventful
Jacobs Media's 6th Annual Public Radio Tech Survey Released
In Brief - July 23, 2014
FMQB FYI... Links You Should Know About
July 22, 2014
Music News
5 Seconds Of Summer Debut At #1, Announce 2015 Tour
Quick Hits: Foo Fighters, Iggy Azalea, Virgin Free Fest, Maynard James Keenan
Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Jazz Album Officially Announced
Quick Hits: Jessie J + Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj, Muse, TV On the Radio, Hozier, Primus, Led Zeppelin
FMQB Retro-Active: Ken Sharp Gets Up Close with Graham Nash and Tom Petty
Quick Hits: Nicki Minaj, Fences / Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Courtney Love / Kurt Cobain biopic, Wings, Bleachers
The Week In Review: 7/21-7/25
Quick Hits: Lil Wayne, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Lionel Richie
MTV Names Iggy Azalea New Host Of House Of Style
Quick Hits: Farm Aid 2014, Beyoncé, Ozzy Osbourne, Stevie Nicks
"Weird Al" Yankovic Lands First #1 Album Of His Career
Quick Hits: Hilary Duff, Pharrell & Miley Cyrus, Jack White, Ryan Adams, Mudvayne / Greg Tribbett
Godsmack Unleashes Epic "Generation Day"
Quick Hits: MAGIC!, One Direction, Kimbra, Uncle Kracker, Billy Joel
Weezer Goes "Back To The Shack"
FMQB NOW

Farshad Family, SVP
Local Media Product Leadership
Nielsen Audio

Advertisement:
Search FMQB.com
Advertisements:
FMQB Member Login
Email:
Pass:

Save
Not a member yet?
Sign up Now!
Sign Up for Breaking News!
Enter FMQB E-Tracking!