Is Spotify better than Pandora?
Spotify has finally made its way across the pond onto our computers and handheld devices here in the United States. Spotify is yet another online music service provider that is very popular in Europe. Spotify will take on multiple music providers here in the States and most notably, Pandora. But is Spotify better than Pandora?
Spotify will be in for a tough fight against Pandora who is the leading online music provider. Pandora has stated that they now have over 80 million registered users. That may sound like a mountain that Spotify will never be able to climb but there is light at the end of the tunnel. In fact there is more light than you think. Out of those 80 million, 30 million are active users. The 50 million person difference is where Spotify has it’s best chance to make an impact in the industry. Combine that with new users to online music and Spotify can quickly make their mark.
For people who don’t want to pay for online music Spotify offers a free membership with some restrictions. With the free membership you have a max of 10 hours of music per month and you can only play the same song 5 times in the same month. Pandora also has it’s limitations on it’s free membership with time constraints but the big difference is the music you get to listen to.
You may only get 10 hours a month with Spotify, compare that to Pandora’s 40 hours, but at least you can pick the songs you want to listen to. With Pandora you pick an artist you want to listen to and Pandora picks songs from that artist and also plays songs from similar artists. You can’t pick and choose a particular song you want and listen to it instantly. This is a big advantage for Spotify.
When you pay for the Pandora membership, you unlock it’s time limits and eliminate commercial interruptions, that’s it. With Spotify you also get unlimited access but you also get a few added features that members will love. Now you have the option of making your own custom playlist’s. You can now also download music to your device and listen to it offline. The fear of being without music when you don’t have a internet connection is eliminated.
The only real way to figure out which one is better is to sign up for the free memberships and make a decision. Either way you’ll have a great time listening to your favorite music, as long as you get to pick it.
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