Spotify like Pandora has a Premium service that allows you to enjoy music, ad free. As of today on a smartphone running IOS(iPhone, iPad) they also offer a FREE version with ads that lets you customize your own station or listen to stations Spotify has put together for you, like Pandora. The criteria for stations are: Your Stations, Recommended Stations and Genre Stations.
So far I like it, but what I don’t like in comparison to Pandora is sub-directories for genre stations. I wanted to listen to 90′s music, on Spotify you get one 90′s genre station. As where on Pandora there are a few variants of 90′s stations based on genre. So if you just wanted to listen to 90′s R&B you would find that on Pandora but not immediately on Spotify unless you made your own station.
What I did like is, on Pandora sometimes the gaps between songs can be like listening to a CD, not so smooth and sometimes too long. So far on Spotify, the transitions are smooth and almost gap less at times. The music levels on Spotify however need improvement, you can go from one song being at one level and then the next being lower or higher to where you need to adjust your volume a few clicks, which gets to be bothersome.
Then there is the necessary evil for both Apps, advertisements. If we want anything free we must endure the ads. If I must critique this part I would have to say that the ad’s on Spotify are way lower than the music, and it’s annoying. At least you can hear the ones on Pandora loud enough to make you not wonder if you need to adjust the volume before the music is back.
As in any big prize-fight, there is the Judge’s card. It may sound like a cop-out, but, it is still way to close to call, this is only Round 1, it’s anyone’s fight to win. Spotify definitely has made an impressive debut, enough for me to want to stick around for the rest of the fight.
- Spotify Launches Pandora-Style Internet Radio, Free for iOS and Desktop Users [Streaming Music] (lifehacker.com)
- Spotify Takes On Pandora With New Radio Feature For iOS, No Subscription Required (cultofmac.com)
- Silicon Alley Insider: In Another Blow To Pandora, Spotify Now Offers Free Streaming Radio On iPhone And iPad (P) (businessinsider.com)