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There’s going to be a change in the way you listen to free music on Pandora. Starting this week according to the New York Times, Pandora is set to limit its streaming free service on mobile devices to 40 hours of free music a month. The change is due to an increase in the royalty fee Pandora has to pay for every song that streams over its servers. Despite the price only being mere fractions of cents, the cost has risen over 25% the past three years and will increase 16% over the next two years.

Pandora founder Tim Westergren reports in his latest blog post, “This is an effort to balance the reality of increasing royalty costs with our desire to maximize access to free listening on Pandora. We will be sure to alert any of our listeners that start getting close to the 40 hour limit.”

There is an alternative if you do happen to hit the 40 hour limit. You can always listen to Pandora from your computer, pay only 99 cents for unlimited streaming for the rest of the month or you can purchase Pandora’s unlimited, ad-free service which costs $36 per year.

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