APP SNAP: Spotify vs. Pandora [Grand Forks Herald]
(Grand Forks Herald (ND) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Aug. 18--Pandora: Three out of five stars.
Spotify: Five out of five stars.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- More and more people are doing away with iPods and MP3s and simply using their smartphones as music devices, but what's the best music app? In my opinion, it all comes down to Pandora and Spotify.
Both apps are free and allow users to stream music by searching a song or artist they like and forming a radio station of similar tunes.
My favorite part about these radio apps is that you can pick a station and let it play. You don't have to worry about constantly selecting songs or searching for artists, which makes them perfect for playing music at parties, during workouts or while working.
The downside, however, is that you may never actually hear the song you searched in the first place. Plus, users have to deal with advertisements and Pandora's obnoxious self-conscious issues -- Yes, Pandora, we're still listening.
Each app has its pros. Pandora uses on-screen ads, so there are fewer interruptions from audio ads. Users can refine their radio stations by giving songs a thumbs up or thumbs down rating. Both apps have a limited amount of play time per month, but Pandora wins with 40 hours compared to Spotify's 10 hours per month.
On the other hand, Spotify has 20 times more songs than Pandora. Plus, the app displays a list of recommended stations based on the users' previous searches. There's also the option to replay and rewind any song, not available on Pandora.
If you're willing to pay for your music, both apps offer subscription services, which can enhance the user's experience, specifically with Spotify. Pandora's subscription costs $3.99 a month and will allow the user to listen ad-free with an increased skip allowance.
Spotify's subscription is $10 a month, but it's completely worth it. Along with the ad-free radio, the subscription opens an entire other element to the app. Subscribers can create and edit playlists, sync playlists with their phone, computer and other devices, and even listen to playlists offline, so they aren't wasting data.
In the end, whether or not you buy a subscription, Spotify is the app of choice. It has more features, more songs and, yes, the free version has more ads, but you'll hardly notice.
Maki covers Arts & Entertainment and Life & Style for the Grand Forks Herald and can be reached at (701) 780-1122; (800) 477-6572, ext. 1122; or email@example.com.
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