It was reported a couple of days ago that Pandora will soon be launching a new $5 music streaming tier and today it has done just that. The new service has been launched today and it’s called Pandora Plus. It replaces the existing Pandora One service and offers unlimited skips and replays as well as an offline mode which enables subscribers to continue enjoying music even when they’re not connected to the internet.
Pandora says that the new service has a “predictive online mode” which detects when the internet connection is lost and switches to one of the user’s preferred offline stations so that the music doesn’t stop suddenly like it does on other services when the connection is lost.
The service is going to automatically save the user’s thumbprint radio station and their three most recently listened to stations so that they always have something to listen to even if the connection is lost abruptly.
Pandora has also confirmed that all existing Pandora One subscribers will automatically be upgraded to this new service. The company has also made some improvements to its free, ad-supported service. Users can skip and replay more songs as long as they opt-in to see video ads.
CEO Tim Westergren has also said that the company is going to launch a premium $10 per month music streaming service later this year which will provide a fully interactive on-demand music streaming option to those willing to pay for it.
Pandora One will be gradually rolled out to users on iOS and Android in the coming months.