pandora or spotify? what is better for mobile music?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by aliensarecool, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2012
  2. macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2010
    I prefer spotify. Each has it's pro's and con's however. To use spotify on your mobile you have to pay $10 a month unless you just want to use the radio feature, which doesn't let you pick any particular songs. Pandora is free but is essentially just streaming radio.

    If you want more options I would go with spotify, if you don't care what songs play then go for pandora. Just my 2.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2012
    Spotify although there seems to be a lot of people having battery drain issues with it on iPhone 5.
  4. macrumors Nehalem


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
  5. macrumors 68000


    Jan 21, 2008
    Melbourne, FL
    A third choice--which is what I use--is MOG--much like Spotify in that you pick your own music. Personally, I like the content of MOG better--at least back when I first started using MOG. I have about 25GB of their music on my phone.
  6. macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2008
    Dallas Tx.
    I had to get rid of spotify as it kept locking up. By that I mean it would play a commercial, then before it started the next song it would just sit there. Nothing, no music.
    Then it also kept playing remakes, 3rd takes, and repeats.

    Tried pandora and haven't looked back. I also use iheartradio and iradionow
  7. macrumors G3


    Aug 31, 2011
    Phoenix, AZ USA
    If it's just streaming radio, there's also SOMA FM and Live 365.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    I prefer spotify. You have more control over what songs it plays rather than Pandora. I've been using spotify since June and love it. $10.00/month isn't a bad deal either since I don't keep songs on my phone.
  9. Joesmith13245, Nov 4, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2012

    macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2012
    I use Rhapsody. For 14.99 a month you get unlimited music streaming & downloads on 3 mobile devices and unlimited listening through website from desktop/laptops.

    If I didn't have 5 kids between the ages of 8-14 My music service selection would probably be different.
  10. macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
  11. macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2007
    I've tried to give Pandora a chance so many times throughout it's history for various platforms but I just can't bring myself to like it. I primarily use Slacker Radio. I do like the quality and selection in Spotify but I find their graphical interface to be a bit cumbersome, particularly while driving. Slacker Radio is fantastic in the car and has replaced XM Radio for me.
  12. macrumors 6502


    Dec 26, 2011
    I think there are battery issues with the 5 regardless of the app being used. It's just not a good battery for all the things this phone can do. I'm hoping they realize this in the next iPhone model update or 2 :rolleyes:
  13. macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2010
    I use pandora. I have a ton of channels listed it plays through. I hear enough of what I want it isn't worth the 10 a month for me.
  14. macrumors 68040


    Feb 5, 2009
    Neither, unless you have WiFi or unlimited LTE Verizon data, IMO.
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2010
    I use rdio because spotify doesn't give you the option to repeat one song unless you put it in a playlist by itself. I also have pandora on my phone. I don't have any problems with either one.
  16. macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2012
    Emerald City
    Pandora all the way. Actually Pandora|One
    Unlimited data, unlimited internet at home also a clear iSpot with unlimited data for on the go wifi.
  17. macrumors regular

    Feb 12, 2011
    I usually use Pandora. I'm pretty much always on wifi so it's not taking up data. My husband likes Slacker radio.
  18. macrumors member

    Nov 4, 2012
    I use Pandora...I never liked the interface of Slacker, and Spotify never let me sign on and was always buggy! I do use Spotify on my computer though...I'm not one to pay to use it on mobile :D

    Pandora is a bit lacking with song variety, IMO, but it works for me when I'm on the go.
  19. macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2011
    I use Rdio too but because Spotify creates a huge cache in your phone even if you delete the songs.
  20. macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2010
    Neither. Rdio for downloaded music. It has collections and playlists, spotify doesn't.

    Slacker for streaming radio. I hear better lows than on pandora.
  21. macrumors member


    Oct 2, 2012
    Gotham City
    I prefer Pandora. Probably because I've had it and used it for a very long time.
  22. macrumors 6502


    Jul 27, 2011
    New York
  23. macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    I subscribe to Pandora one, but I do wish it had unlimited skips like Spotify. Pandora One is much cheaper than Spotify though.
  24. macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2009
    Pandora is pretty decent. I would just stick with the free version. Spotify is nice except for the per month charge, you can just put that towards buying your own songs and have a substantial library after a couple of years.
  25. macrumors member

    Nov 20, 2011
    I'm partial to Rdio myself. The sync to mobile feature is killer - so much easier to download full albums instead of just playlists for offline play than Spotify.

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