Following a statement issued to TIO last month which said Pandora would “wind down the service for listeners over the next few weeks” in Australia and New Zealand, the Internet radio group has given listeners an official date.

A spokesperson told AdNews today: “After analysis and consideration of external factors, we have decided to discontinue our operations in Australia and New Zealand and will shut down the service on July 31, 2017.

“While our experience in these markets reinforces the broader global opportunity long-term, in the short-term we must remain mindful and focused on the expansion of our core business in the United States.”

A shorter statement was sent to local listeners today. It said the app and website would be inaccessible after July 31 but that Pandora was “honoured to have connected so many listeners with the music they love these past few years.”

A spokesperson for Pandora issued a brief statement to TIO last month, it said: “While our experience in these markets reinforces the broader global opportunity long-term, in the short-term we must remain laser-focused on the expansion of our core business in the United States.”

Thomas Heymann, the local company’s local head of artist and music Industry relations, told TIO today: “Pandora is the best music discovery service on the planet. It is a sad day for our users, artists and our people. I will miss my Gary Clarke Jr. station. So many great memories.”