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Pandora Internet Radio Limit to 40 hours ...
a work around to the account limitation.

First, let me say that Pandora is a great service.  All of us Pandora users should do what we can to support them.  The best way to do this is to support Pandora's advertisers!  Those ads on their music interface are what pay's their bills.  Some of them are pretty interesting, check them out!  Or when you run out of minutes, actually pay the small fee they're asking for and listen on.  But that's not why your here.

This came in as an email from a friend.  I use Pandora but have not had to do this yet since I don't use over 40 hours in a month.

Pandora Internet Radio
The problem here is how music listening is limited to 40 hours a month.  So how to get around Pandora limiting the listening to 40 hours per month?

Pandora 40 hour Limit
Pandora recently limited listening to 40 hours unless you pay extra to listen longer. 

Paying for the extra hours is not expensive.  Nor is a monthly subscription. 

But its not always feasible to pony up that buck to get a little more listening in for the month especially if you don't have a credit card or if its not your computer yet the account on the PC has used up the 40 hours and your account hasn't yet you can't listen.

So a friend and I and a few minutes of testing and we figured out how to get around that 40 hour limit with an easy workaround.

 I want to thank Jamie for his experimentation and input on helping to figure this out.  Rock On Dude.


First, it might be helpful to have more than one email address to create more than one account.  There are plenty of free email address services out there such as Yahoo or Gmail.  The issue with single computers, multiple Pandora users, is how the total of all accounts are limited to 40 hours, not just each individually.  That's the problem I had.  In the process, I figured out I needed to create multiple Pandora accounts from 2 or more email addresses.

But that's not the only thing you have to do.  Pandora is storing session information on your computer to limit the total of all accounts on a single computer to a total of 40 hours.  So its this information that has to be deleted to "reset" the Pandora account back to 40 hours (it'll show up as 39 hours when reset).  Pandora uses Macromedia Flash player data to run.

To Reset Pandora Internet Radio, do this:

Log out of Pandora and close your browser.

Open up this location on your computer using My Computer:
(note: replace USER with your profile name that you're logged into the computer as):

C:\Documents and Settings\USER\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects

Go into this folder by double-clicking it.  In this folder my be one or more folders with seemingly random characters. Go into the sub folder and find the folder named: pandora.com   Delete it.

Next, go to this location (again replace USER with your profile name):

C:\Documents and Settings\USER\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\macromedia.com\support\flashplayer\sys

Find the folder #pandora.com and Delete it.

Then go to C:\Documents and Settings\USER\Cookies

Delete all the cookies (or just the pandora cookie if you want to save your other cookies)

That's it!  Just restart Pandora and log into the next account that has not expired or create a new account at this point using another email address.  Local information stored on the computer will be removed and your time limit is reset.  Basically you are removing the session information and resetting the saved account total back to 40 hours.  Now Pandora might be saving the account total on their end and there's nothing you can do about that except have more than one account.  The problem is when this session information is saved locally on the computer.  If you log out of a computer and someone else had been using this same computer to listen to Pandora, the hours are totaled up even though there was two or more accounts in use.  This was my issue.  I move around the network working on computers and like to log into Pandora to have some tunage while working.  When one of the office people uses Pandora and they had used up the 40 hours, I was screwed.  Well, I am in control of the computer so I can remove anything stored on it.  So Clearing the Pandora account limit is completely within my control.   Even though I didn't use up my 40 hours someone else did but I was limited to their hours of use.

That being said, Pandora is a great service and all of us Pandora users should do what we can to support them.  The best way to do this is to support Pandora's advertisers!  Those ads on their music interface are what pay's their bills.  Some of them are pretty interesting, check them out!

IF that doesn't do it for you or Pandora changes their program or you can't get to this information because the computer is locked down ... or whatever, then here are a few other Internet Radio Services that you can check out:



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