How much 3G data do you actually use in a month? AT&T (I'm assuming you're on AT&T since o one outside the US would have a work commute like that) has a convient report of your billing page of their web site for data usage going back over six months...
If I did the math right in my head if you streamed pandora 24 hours a day it'd only be 10MB, unless it's on 24hrs all month you'd still be under the 200 MB plan and certainly under the 2GB plan...
I too far prefer Pandora over my own library. It's an old but extensive library of music, but I've always preferred having someone or something else doing the music programming for me.
Agreed. That's why they're so popular. That's what makes them different from just another radio station, they suggest music based on your likes. It's a much more interactive experience.
I have been listening to Pandora more. However, one thing I am starting not to like is the repeats of songs. For example, pick a station you created based on an artist and most times it plays the same songs in pretty close to the same order. Or, the list repeats itself quickly. As if there aren't that many songs in their library that are similar to this artist.
Just this past weekend, I created a Genesis playlist. For one, there was repeats of the same songs throughout my listening session (Live and recorded versions of the same Genesis songs). Then I must have listened to all it had found to match (Maybe 2-3 hours, then I started hearing the same songs over again in the same order). On other "Stations" I have created, based on an artist you may only get like 10-12 songs that play and then it starts to repeat.
This is what I hate about regular radio. Does anyone else experience this? Pandora should be able to play for days before having to repeat or play the same song.
With services such as Pandora, Slacker or Rhapsody, I don't know if iTunes can compete.
Those three particular services do not exist in all other countries besides the US. As a european I can only hope to use that awesome services in the future, if possible a service offered by Apple's iTunes Store. But I guess I won't see that for years, considering that I do not even have access to films and TV series in the Dutch iTunes Store.
You Americans are so lucky.
iTunes is just as laggy on OS/X.
CNET reports that Apple may be scaling back its initial plans for cloud-based iTunes offerings as it continues to struggle to reach agreements with record labels to allow users to stream their iTunes content from Apple's servers to a variety of Internet-connected devices. Apple has been thought to be placing a priority on developing the service since its acquisition of streaming music firm Lala Media last December.The report notes that while it is not clear exactly why Apple has been unable to make substantial progress on the cloud streaming initiative beyond ongoing struggles to bring music labels onboard, there does appear to be some uneasiness within the Lala Media team. One of Lala's founders who moved to Apple with the acquisition has reportedly left the company, while the Lala team has been said to be working on an undisclosed video feature rather than the music-related technology it was noted for prior to the acquisition.
Of course, a focus on video for the Lala team could mean that the company is concentrating its efforts more on cloud-based streaming of TV and movie content, an aspect of the initiative that had been hinted at earlier this year. The move would also align with Apple's rumored Apple TV revamp, which will reportedly see limited on-board storage in favor of a cloud-based streaming model.
Apple may also be waiting for its massive North Carolina data center to come online at the end of the year, as it seems likely to require the center's capabilities in order to deploy its cloud-based initiative.
Article Link: Apple Scaling Back Near-Term Plans for Cloud-Based iTunes?