Since coming public in mid-June, the shares of Pandora (NYSE:P) have been a rocky ride for investors. After reaching a high of $26, they now are trading at about $10.50.
So what’s the problem? Actually, it’s not the service. For the most part, Pandora has a great offering (Disclosure: I love it as well).
But when it comes to investing, good service is not enough. It’s also important to look at the barriers to entry. Unfortunately, in the case of the online music industry, there are many worthy competitors trying to get a piece of the market.
The latest entrant came just this week: Facebook. The company is partnering with other music operators like Spotify, MOG, iHeartRadio, Slacker and Rdio.
Their services will be integrated on the Facebook platform and allow users to share playlists and music titles. They also will appear on a user’s Timeline (Facebook’s new profile page). This should provide an overall boost to the online music industry.
However, Facebook Music also will put pressure on Pandora. After all, Facebook is looking to be the ultimate platform for music (as well as other media, such as movies and television content). And it certainly will be a great way to get a chunk of some high-margin revenues.
Thus, for a relatively small company, Pandora certainly has a lot of challenges to deal with. It is no surprise that its stock price can’t seem to find much support.