Pandora's relationship with music labels hasn't exactly been cozy, with more than a few legal disputes over royalties. Today, though, it's extending an olive branch. The internet radio service has forged a deal with the Merlin rights agency's 20,000-plus indie labels to help their artists get discovered. The move will use Pandora's music discovery techniques to bring "additional exposure" to these musicians when they're relevant to listeners. They'll also have direct access to playback data (to help decide on set lists and tour locations), and they'll get custom communication channels to reach fans.