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I tried Pandora One Day Pass, should you get it?

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I don’t know why Pandora hasn’t expanded outside the United States. I bet there is a market for free radio-like streaming services around the world.

As I told you yesterday, there’s a simple way to bypass the geographical restrictions set by Pandora. You just need a VPN – yesterday I recommended you the free Betternet app for iPhone and iPad – and a free account that you can create in-app.

Pandora offers a free streaming version with limitations – three skips and on-screen ads – but you can try the 4.99-a-month Pandora One subscription for seven days at no cost.

Use a US iTunes account (here’s how to create one without a credit or debit card) and your store credit (FreeMyApps gives away iTunes gift cards for just trying free apps for 30 seconds) to start a free trial.

Remember to cancel your Pandora One subscription; tap on your email address inside the App Store, and select “Manage Subscriptions” in the list of account settings.


Pandora One offers “no ads, fewer interruptions and additional skips per day”. And yes, it delivers: I got to listen to more tracks without advertisements.

Pandora still displayed a “Skip limit” warning, but this happened after pressing the skip button for six times. That’s twice the times the free tier allows you to skip.

If you don’t want to pay $4.99 a month for a skipping limited music service, you could try the One Day Pass option that went live today.

Head to the “Pandora One” inside the settings tab and purchase a One Day Pass for just $0.99. That way, you can listen to radio stations based on your favorite songs ad-free for 24 hours.

One Day Pass works exactly the same as One; you get six skips per hour and no ads. Pandora One made me wonder, why would you pay $4.99 a month for a limited streaming service when you can add $5 more and subscribe to a full unlimited-skipping-and-ad-free option?

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