Pandora Unveils Lower Prices for Students and Military Members

One of the original online music streaming sites wants to thank you for your studies and your service.

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Although Spotify and Apple dominate today’s soundscape, Pandora wants to let you know it’s still here.

One of the OGs in online automated radio — which later pivoted to the music streaming game — Pandora is lowering its monthly membership prices for students and members of the military. The latest Pandora Premium price change will see the service drop from $9.99 per month to $4.99 per month for students. Even existing student customers can take advantage of the Pandora Premium discount and start saving 50% per month.

However, Pandora’s not the first to offer student discounts: Apple and Spotify both have affordable options for dorm-dwellers. But Pandora is the first of the three to offer military members a discounted rate. Just in time to blast your Memorial Day barbecue playlists from a voice-activated speaker.

The Pandora Military plan offers its Premium service to qualified military affiliates for $8 per month. This includes active duty, reservists, retirees, veterans and family of military members. To get the discount, Pandora will use SheerID to verify your status.

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Is Pandora Premium Worth It?

Premium service features “search and play anything,” no advertisements, unlimited skips, customizable playlists and offline downloading.

Still, why Pandora, when you have other music streaming options like Spotify and Apple? Well, honestly, it depends on what you want.

Pandora claims focuses on the simplicity of the user experience: fewer clicks and swipes to get you where you want to be, and curating radio playlists to weed out duplicates, karaoke versions and covers. But, seriously, how hard is it to use Spotify?

However, Pandora does feature SiriusXM broadcasts as podcasts, if that’s important to you.

If you’re not sure you want to make the switch, new customers can try Pandora Premium free for 60 days.

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Rebecca High

Rebecca High is a producer, writer, and editor from Los Angeles. Reincarnated from her previous lives as both an expat living in Asia and a reality TV producer, she now spends her time hunting down the best coffee experiences all over the world, watching all the food porn, and perfecting her avocado toast-making skills. She’s passionate about international affairs, social justice, and tech development aimed at providing humanitarian relief and solving environmental issues.

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