Why I'm Nervous About Pandora's Future


What a wonderfully awful time it is to be in the radio business -- a business so bad that disruptors are being disrupted at an astounding pace.

Consider Pandora Media , the streaming radio service whose raison d'etre is to introduce you music you might like. The stock briefly fell 15% this week after reporting disappointing guidance. My Motley Fool Rule Breakers teammate Rick Munarriz did the math and found that far too few are paying for a Pandora subscription.

Why are we surprised by this? Pandora isn't dealing in original programming the way that Sirius XM Radio is. Meanwhile, on-demand audio is also better than it's ever been thanks to podcasts. Find out more about how and why this format is gaining popularity in the video below.

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