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Pandora's Tim Westergren Speaks!

Here’s an interesting video interview BoomTown did last week with Tim Westergren, Chief Strategy Officer and founder of Pandora Media, where I interviewed him at “The Future of Music” forum in Washington, D.C.

The former musician has ridden all the various bumps the Internet radio station has endured since its founding in 2000–from a $9 million funding in 2004 that saved Pandora to continued struggles to stay afloat after record labels came after it over royalties.

Now, with a stable and growing revenue stream–based on a traditional advertising business model–turbocharged by a popular mobile app for the Apple (AAPL) iPhone and about 65 million users, Westergren talks about what’s next for the Oakland, Calif.-based company:


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work