Now that we've explained what Pandora is and how it works, it's time to talk about how much Pandora costs to use. You can use it without paying any money, but you won't be getting the most out of it. We'll explain below.
When is Pandora free?
Pandora is free to use on desktop computers, most mobile devices, and on certain car stereos and home listening devices. However, you will hear advertisements between songs, and can only skip songs a certain number of times per day. Buying a subscription to Pandora One can alleviate these limitations.
How much is Pandora One?
Pandora One costs $5 U.S. per month, or $55 U.S. per year (a $5 savings off the monthly rate). With Pandora One, you can listen to songs free of advertisements, skip songs more frequently, not have your station pause as often, and get higher quality audio and more customization options for your web player.
Is Pandora worth it?
Whether or not Pandora will be worth it for you depends on your situation. You will get the most benefits out of it if you are using it on a desktop computer, so it's probably worth it if you will be listening for long periods of time at your desk, and want greater control of your music while you're at it.
On the other hand, if you're going to be using Pandora mostly on your mobile device, in your car, or on home audio(-video) equipment, and are just going to be using it as if it were regular radio, then you may not mind the commercials so much, and may not want to use skips as often. In that case, you may just want to forego Pandora One and use the free version of Pandora.
Anyway, that's a brief note on the potential costs associated with using Pandora! Next, we'll analyze the strong and weak points of Pandora.