Spotify's Recent Move Shouldn't Scare Pandora Investors

Streaming-radio leader Pandora Media (NYSE: P  ) is a business with a bull's-eye on its back in more ways than one.

Pandora is an early entrant in what's becoming an increasingly crowded field of competitors in an evolving market. The most high profile of these names, of course, is Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) , which launched its iTunes Radio earlier this year, but by no means is it the only one.

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In that vein, Pandora's surging stock took a serious hit earlier this month when European music upstart Spotify also announced a deal that would deepen its competition with Pandora.

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Spotify has released an updated version of its mobile app for smartphones and tablets that is totally free and ad-supported. It enables users to access some music on-demand, but the majority of the allowed usage will be as an online radio service, highly similar to Pandora.

But as tech and telecom analyst Andrew Tonner discusses in the video below, the new competition from Spotify probably isn't as big a deal to Pandora as some investors initially thought.

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