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Old Jan 14, 2013, 02:43 AM   #1
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Pandora or Spotify?

Which streaming service do you like best and why? I use Pandora just because I found it before Spotify and as I can see they both offer the same thing unless you pay for Spotify premium then Spotify has more.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 08:41 AM   #2
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I like pandora - since Spotify seems integrated into facebook I prefer not going that route.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 08:48 AM   #3
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Songza blows them both out of the water. No ads. Free. Great playlists.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 08:51 AM   #4
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Rdio is also a good option
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 08:52 AM   #5
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I got on Spotify just before they seemed to be extremely adamant to get you to log in with Facebook and all that stuff. I don't care for my Facebook feed to be riddled with the announcement of music I am listening to. I love Spotify if I know what I'm looking for and Pandora is used as my "radio" where I her new music based off a simple song or artist selection. I love them both but now I think I'll check out Songza because I am curious.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 09:26 AM   #6
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I would also go for songza, i use to listen to pandora all the time. I now have switched to Songza because of the adds and the skip limit in pandora.

If you just want radio then iHeart works well (my wifes choice).

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I would add that i sometimes think that it takes too many clicks to get Songza playing music when you first open the app, whish it would just auto start with the last list i was playing.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 11:53 AM   #7
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I like pandora - since Spotify seems integrated into facebook I prefer not going that route.
I forgot about that. Another reason I stay away
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 12:02 PM   #8
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Songza is the best option
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 07:21 PM   #9
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Perfect timing. I just downloaded Spotify last night and selected Metallica to listen to. It played everything BUT Metallica, and lot's of hip hop. WTH? Pandora at least plays the correct genre of music.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 09:45 PM   #10
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Tune In radio is my preference. Songza was my favorite but is no longer usable outside the US.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 10:24 PM   #11
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i like spotify for searching specific songs/making them into a playlist.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 11:31 PM   #12
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Pandora I prefer for when I want to discover new music, as the radio service is great. Spotify's "radio" is pretty rubbish; however, for general use, Spotify is much better since it lets you listen to whatever you want whenever you want and you dont have to worry about limited "skips".

That said, neither have very good sound quality. I'm a bit of an audio snob, and while I can't hear the difference out of something like laptop speakers, from my headphones or main speakers, you really can hear the artifacts at 128kbps... but it's free so you can't complain too much. I do not like Rdio at all -- it was my preferred service before they updated to the slow, ugly new interface and of the three, it was by far the worst sound quality. It's borderline unlistenable and some songs have to be as low as 64kbps. Just inexcusable and unenjoyable.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 11:34 PM   #13
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I got on Spotify just before they seemed to be extremely adamant to get you to log in with Facebook
Any Site that has any reference to facebook is a sham - then forces it to be used - some people just don't get it - Kids, we forgot have no sense.

I have been with Pandora for years when it started - love it.
The UI on the iPad is perfect - just add Jambox blueTooth - go lounge on the pontoon in middle of lake.
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 07:50 AM   #14
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Any Site that has any reference to facebook is a sham - then forces it to be used - some people just don't get it - Kids, we forgot have no sense.

I have been with Pandora for years when it started - love it.
The UI on the iPad is perfect - just add Jambox blueTooth - go lounge on the pontoon in middle of lake.
Like I said though, I got into Spotify just before they integrated with FB so I'm free of any FB nuisance. I use FB but I don't wait everything I do throughout the day advertised. I do enjoy Spotify quite a bit and now i'm really enjoying Songza.
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 01:12 PM   #15
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I have a subscription with them and I love it. Plus, I'm able to listen to albums via their web site while I'm at work. I can't do that with Spotify since I have to download an app for the computer and that won't fly on my work PC. Plus, I refuse to use my Facebook login information to create a Spotify account.

Songza is also a good option since it's 100% free and has no commercials (yet).
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 01:44 PM   #16
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The UI on the iPad is perfect - just add Jambox blueTooth - go lounge on the pontoon in middle of lake.
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I do enjoy Spotify quite a bit and now i'm really enjoying Songza.
Gees more - Songza, Well that's the difference being a regular vs a professional -
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Philscbx - with Pandora for years when it started - love it.
The UI on the iPad is perfect - just add Jambox blueTooth - go lounge on the pontoon in middle of lake.
Gees more - Songza, Well that's the difference being a regular vs a professional -
No clue, just downloaded it last night.
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 04:24 PM   #18
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 04:36 PM   #19
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Spotify.

And you don't HAVE to use your FB account.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 05:08 PM   #20
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I love Pandora, and have used it for years!

I am going to check out Songza.... see what the fuss is about!
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 05:53 PM   #21
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I like pandora - since Spotify seems integrated into facebook I prefer not going that route.
You don't have to connect to Facebook. In fact, you can connect to Facebook, and then later change your mind and disconnect from Facebook -- I've done this.

I use Spotify Premium because I want a full-featured music player that I can control what I'm playing, not just a radio-style service. That said, Pandora might be better for music discovery, but Spotify's is improving in this area (they have the "radio" feature, plus you can hook into third-party "apps" for that as well).
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 02:05 PM   #22
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I'm a Spotify fan. I joined when they first started up in the US and thus there is no connection with FB. I like being able to search for specific stuff and create my own playlists.
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 02:39 PM   #23
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Slacker

http://www.slacker.com/

Here's a comparison of Pandora, Spotify and Slacker: http://www.imore.com/pandora-slacker...phone-shootout
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 03:42 PM   #24
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No clue, just downloaded it last night.
Just found this - https://mog.com/

Update: after the tour - I'm not impressed with MOB - there's no genre option - only what they want you to hear.
Not only that - play 15-20 portions of what's there - you are cut off - or upgrade - Forget it.
I'm sticking with Pandora.
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 03:54 PM   #25
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I like pandora - since Spotify seems integrated into facebook I prefer not going that route.
I just made my Spotify account a week ago, and I did not need to use FB to create it
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