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Spotify vs. Pandora: What’s the Best App for Streaming Music?

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When it comes to music streaming services on the Google Play Store and App Store, there’s definitely no shortage of apps to choose from. There are apps like iHeart Radio, Rdio, Beats Music and SoundCloud that give you new ways of discovering music while on the go. We’ve decided to compare two of the most popular music streaming apps, Spotify and Pandora, to see which will give you the best music listening experience. Both services have their perks, but having a paid subscription to both may seem wasteful to some people. If you can only have one music service subscription, which service should it be? If you’re a music junkie, then you should read on to see which of these services is best for you.

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1. Spotify vs. Pandora: Subscription Price

Check out the video above to see TechnoBuffalo’s review of these two services. Which one comes out on top? Watch the video to found out.

If you’re new to Spotify, you can listen to music on your smartphone, tablet and computer.
While Spotify is free, the non-Premium version only allows you to listen to albums in Shuffle mode. You also have the option to upgrade and try Spotify Premium free for 30 days. Spotify Premium offers a way for you to listen to any song with no ads. After your free month ends, you will automatically be charged $9.99 a month. If you no longer wish to pay for Spotify Premium, you can cancel at anytime.

Pandora is another great way to listen to radio stations and discover new music for free from your smartphone, tablet, or e-reader. Just like Spotify, Pandora offers an ad-free subscription service, Pandora One, for listeners who want to listen to their favorite songs without advertisements. Pandora One subscriptions cost $4.99 a month. Depending on where you live, taxes may also be applied.


2. Spotify vs. Pandora: User Interface

Check out the video above from AskTheAndroidGuy, who argues that Google Play Music might be better than both Spotify and Pandora.

Back in April, Spotify launched a new darker theme with new fonts and icons that make the music streaming service look beautiful across all platforms. Spotify’s redesign was focused on content and making it easier to discover new music.

While Pandora hasn’t received an major makeovers recently, the company updated its iOS app with a new design for IOS 7 in December 2013. The update also featured an alarm clock that lets you wake up to your favorite Pandora music. After your alarm goes off, music will start playing with album art scrolling in the background. Just like any other alarm, you can snooze, and keep listening to your favorite music.


3. Spotify vs. Pandora: Features

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On Spotify, you can listen to artists, albums and create any playlist that suits your mood. Listeners can create playlists from genres and moods like party, loves football, mood, pop, workout, focus, rock, country, urban, dinner, sleep, chill. romance, groove, travel etc. The music streaming app also offers various radio stations ranging from different genres like alternative, emo, pop, punk, hardcpre, rock and more. Spotify is a great place to discover new music. Simply go to the Discover page and Spotify will offer suggestions based on what you’re currently listening to. You can even see what music your favorite celebrities are listening to. Share your favorite artists with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

For listeners who don’t want to go through the effort of creating playlists and searching for songs, Pandora might be the right service for you. Unlike Spotify, Pandora offers a pure ‘radio’ experience that selects the songs you listen to based on your listening preferences. With Pandora, you can receive push notifications and see when your favorite artists release new music on their stations, wake up to your favorite Pandora Station with the alarm clock feature, and post your Pandora active on Facebook. You can share stations, tracks, artists albums and the stations you enjoy listening to on your Facebook timeline. Rate your favorite songs, find lyrics to songs, and use the sleep timer to hear music before you go to bed at night.


4. Spotify vs. Pandora: Music Library

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With Pandora, you can easily select your city and listen to local radio stations. You can even choose to browse by talk radio, music and entertainment. Listeners can discover new artists by listening to stations by category including alternative, classical, hip hop, oldies, rock, soft rock, mix and variety, etc. Pandora also makes it easy to search for your favorite artist, song and you can customize your own station.

With Spotify, you can browse through top lists, new releases and discover new music in the discover tab. Listeners can find their favorite music by searching for songs, artists and albums. If you want to listen to the radio you can by going to the menu, clicking on radio and browse by genre stations which include alternative, classical, emo, pop, pop punk, punk, hardcore, jazz, rock and a whole lot more.

Both services provide a very robust and up-to-date music library. Whiles some artists such as AC/DC, The Beatles, and The Black Keys are not available on Spotify, they are available on their respective Pandora stations.


5. Spotify vs. Pandora: Mobile Apps

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Spotify currently is supported on multiple devices. You can download Spotify on Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad, Android, WinPhone, Google Chromecast and other platforms. One killer feature of Spotify Premium is the ability to listen to songs offline. Premium users are able to download music to listen to on the Spotify app, making it convenient to listen to your favorite songs on a plane, in the subway, or other places where data or wifi is not available. Listeners who don’t want to pay for the Premium service still are able to browse artists and create playlists, but they will have to settle with listening to everything in Shuffle mode.

Pandora currently is supported on multiple devices as well. You can download Spotify on Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad, Android, Pebble Smartwatch and other platforms. The mobile app has all of the features found on the browser experience including song lyrics, biographies, and artist exploration.


6. Conclusion

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Overall, Spotify is one of the best music streaming services available for iOS and Android devices. Spotify consistently updates and refreshes its look based on its users demands. Spotify’s interface is user friendly and sports a beautiful black theme. It’s easy to navigate through Spotify’s large music library and discover new artists all while on the go. While Pandora offers a great radio experience for listeners who don’t want to put too much effort into selecting music, Spotify offers a similar radio feature as well. Pandora appears to have a better song selection algorithm than Spotify’s radio selection, however with the amount of features Spotify offers for the monthly cost, it may provide you with a lot more value.

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12 comments

  1. Spotify is definitely my go-to app. I stopped using Pandora in favor of Spotify. The one thing you don’t mention though, is that Spotify has a half price option to college students.

    • Hi Mark! I just subscribed to Spotify for my first time ever and randomly saw there is a half price for College Students. This is the best news ever! Must be a new thing though, otherwise I’m sure it would have been mentioned in the article. Keep spreading the word!

  2. Pandora One annual fee for us in Knoxville TN was $39.33 tax included which comes to about $3.28 a month. Well worth it to me as they have a huge selection of music and also have comedy, various workout stations whether it be cardio, running, zumba. I have many stations that I would not do without. I use Amazon Cloud Player playlists I created and my Ipod downloaded music playlists for my offline use.

  3. If you want to play a specific song, there’s nothing better than Spotify, but if you want to pick a song/artist/genre and listen to a constant stream of great music, iHeartRadio beats Pandora hands down. Beside the music selection, where Pandora has tons of commercials between songs, iHeartRadio has NONE. Listen to one commercial before your station starts and the rest is 100% music 100% of the time. Or you can pay for Pandora but why spend the money when iHeart RADIO is free.

      • Thumbs up on the iheart radio. I like the 24/7 Beatles channel, Zumba Fitness channel (stays more true to zumba-type songs than Pandora). RagDoll radio (Aerosmith) is good. Some artist’s stations go in and out in the volume level like Rihanna. More treble and less bass than Pandora. Listening to Pitbull. I am impressed with iheart and will keep it. I will still keep Pandora which renews in October due to Neptune 50s, Disco, alternative rock, and too many others I will not part with. Glad I to have the iheart radio app as well!

        NOTE: I notice before I had paid for Pandora that the free version only played a commercial once in a while on my ipod vs many times on my computer.

        I also don’t see a way on iheart to combine artist’s music together. For instance, Earth, Wind & Fire with the Commodores like I can on Pandora.

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  5. Ummmm this is wrong. Spotify has radio just like Pandora. Also the black Keys are on there…… Listening to them now.

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