Pandora Vs Slacker Radio

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Che Castro, Aug 5, 2009.


Pandora Vs Slacker Radio

  1. Slacker Radio

    14 vote(s)
  2. Pandora

    16 vote(s)
  3. Imeem - yea why not

    7 vote(s)
  1. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
  2. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    i listen to both. I personally prefer Slacker but they are different rather one being better.

    Pandora started from the Music Genome Project

    Kind of like the Human Genome Project. when you tell it to create a station based on a song or artist it will try to play music based on those attributes.

    Slacker has a larger song selection. Twice as large last I read and you can customize it more. it will play songs more often, you can ban artists from a station and tell it the time period to play for each station. For $50 a year you can make custom playlists which negate the need for buying CD's.

    I liked the Zune rental model even though i never had a Zune, and this is the closest thing to it.
  3. Pika macrumors 68000


    Oct 5, 2008
    Pandora doesn't exist in the Japanese appstore. :(
  4. Hmm macrumors regular


    Apr 11, 2002
    I liked Pandora for about a week until I realized it was playing the same 15 songs over and over. I didn't do much customization of the channel, but I thought that would lead to more variety instead of less.

    Also, and I have no idea if this is Pandora's fault or my screwup, it apparently sent some kind of invitation to several people in my contacts list to listen to my new Pandora station. I only realized it when two of the messages bounced back to my inbox. I definitely did not send anyone an invitation by choice, but I don't know if I hit something by accident.

    I set up similar stations on Slacker and found it to have much more variety than Pandora. I've been listening to a single station for several days and I don't think I've heard a repeat yet. One feature from Pandora that I wish Slacker had was a way to see what's been previously played. Pandora had a nice Cover Flow view of the previously played songs that was very helpful.
  5. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    I like the pandora social features and facebook integration. Don't know why slacker doesn't have them

    Nice feature of slacker for bb is you can cache stations on a memory card to listen when there is no signal.
  6. bmms8 macrumors 68020

    Dec 19, 2007
    hey, are you saying that i can search for particular songs and create a playlist (a whole cd) then play that cd when i want? tia.
  7. LoganT macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    I like Pandora because I want to find new music, not music I already own.
  8. Rayfire macrumors 68030


    Aug 25, 2008
    I've been using both, but Pandora often. They each have pros and cons but for me Pandora's way of picking the song for me works very well to satisfy me, compared to Slacker. Slacker on the other hand can be fine tuned to a preferred artist.
  9. ZMRoach macrumors regular


    Sep 4, 2007
    i honestly don't really like either of those... i've given them an honest chance but just seems to find more music that i'd like than those.
  10. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
  11. tjp888 macrumors regular


    Oct 29, 2007
    I've been using Pandora for 3 years. Using it I have found many new artists.
    Definitely one of my most favorite web apps.
  12. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    i don't know if you can make a playlist for each album, but with the basic you're limited to 20 favorites per station. with the premium you have unlimited favorite songs so it's easier to make very custom stations.
  13. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    does it have a 4 million song library like Slacker?
  14. Requiemm macrumors regular

    May 23, 2008
    Someone on another board just said Pandora makes you pay after 40 hours, is that correct?
  15. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    yes, they just changed it

    anything over 40 hours a month is $1 per month fee or upgrading to the premium service. they just finished royalty negotiations with record companies
  16. techiegirl macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2007
    That's too bad. I'm streaming on my iPhone at work 40 hours a week. If I have to pay a monthly fee, I might as well use the Sirius/XM app.

  17. pooryou macrumors 65816


    Sep 28, 2007
  18. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    but you can't customize Sirius/XM. if you want talk and sports as well I think Slacker has Talk Radio, and iheartradio and AOL Radio. there is also a new NPR app in there called Public Radio. iheartradio is ClearChannel and AOL carries CBS radio stations.
  19. Reclaim3r macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2009
    I prefer Pandora... I've been using it for awhile and have built up a nice personalized radio.
  20. jacobgaul macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2009
    ive been a slacker user since launch, tried pandora on my blackberry didnt like it.. thought it sounded to washy, but ive just retried it on my iphone and i think im liking it more then slacker radio.. i dont plan to use pandora for more then 5 hrs a week so i think pandora is the winner for me.. the audio quality deff has improved!
  21. Kyeris macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2008
    Somewhere in Texas
    I also rather enjoy Pandora. Been using it for a few months and it's served it's purpose very well.

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