If you are someone passionate about music, you would want the best music service out there. Although there are thousands of places where you can stream music two names that appear the most are Pandora and Spotify. These two have become the leading names to delivering music all genre, artist, and language.
So which one to choose? Which one to subscribe to? In this blog, we have done a comparison to help you choose which one will work best for you.
Pandora VS Spotify – Important Comparisons
Pandora Music Software:
Pandora is a must for many people while others don’t like the service as much. Pandora is a music streaming service providing automated music recommendation like no other music streaming service. What you essentially so is, just select bands or songs you know you want, and Pandora will create radio stations around it, giving you similar suggestions for listening to music.
Pandora is super easy to use and also functions on mobile devices like Android, iPhones, smart TVs and more through their free music app.
The interface is quite simple. When you download Pandora for the first time and sign up to it. The first thing the app is asks is to “Enter an artist, genre, or composer to create a station.”Write the name of any of your favorite artists, genre, or composer. A drop down of recommendations will appear as you select below the text box. From the options, pick a station or press Enter. Now Pandora is building the channel and playing the appropriate songs for this entry.
This channel will appear on the left side of the screen in the menu bar (as shown for the station “Today’s Hits”). Note the screen’s logo at the top left. To create a different station, press the white text box and select an artist, style, or composer and Pandora will build a new radio station for you. You can like and dislike songs to customize the radio station further. You can create as many radio stations as you like.
3. Sound Quality
Free Pandora streams at 64 kbp for smartphones. Pandora is set at 128 kbps for in-home appliances (e.g. smart TVs, boxes, and Pandora customizable receivers). Pandora one subscriber gets 198 kbps quality.
4. Offline Usage
Offline Mode gives you the freedom to listen to music without a Wi-Fi or mobile network signal you can automatically and manually use offline mode. Sadly, this feature is only available for subscribers of Pandora Plus, Pandora Premium and Premium Families, and only from mobile devices such as iOS or Android, Apple Watches and Fitbits.
5. Premium Subscription Fees
Pandora has three forms of subscriptions available.
- Pandora Plus costs USD $4.99 a month and USD $54.89 per year (plus tax, if applicable).
- Pandora Premium costs $9.99 USD / month or $109.89 USD / year (plus tax if applicable) if you apply for a voucher from a college or army.
- The Preferred Family for Pandora costs $14.99 per month and $164.89 per year.
Premium Subscription Features
- The $4.99/month subscription is an ad-free version of Pandora automated radio stations. You will get as many free skips as you like and replays. You can create personalized channels, higher quality sound, and a way to listen to offline stations.
- At $9.99/month you get to create playlists with unlimited skips and replays and search for the 40 + million song catalog of Pandora to play or download anything you want on your device.
- $14.99 is a family plan you get our Soundtrack option in the family plan, which picks those songs based on listening habits of family members.
Bonus: Apple has 3 Months Apple music Free Trial for all its users.
Spotify Music Software:
Spotify is one of the best music hubs that provide unlimited access to a vast range of genres, music niches and podcasts for free.
The app is available on all Android and iOS devices. It is available on Windows 10 PCs, macOS devices, Android TV, Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox, and all web browsers. You name it and it is available there. You can listen to Spotify through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. If you own an Android TV and decide to download the app then let me tell you it looks just as beautiful on a TV screen.
Spotify is always updating its interface to make it more user-friendly. The new interface changes in 2019 make it easier for people to move between Music and Podcasts. They can specific podcast shows and episodes on the ‘Your Library Section’. In the Music section you can look at Playlist, Artist, Album while for the Podcast section you get Episodes, Downloads, and Shows. The section Episodes allows you to search for new episodes and restart the podcasts where you left it off.
In the Downloads section you can manage the episodes you have saved for listening offline. In the Shows tab you can manage the podcasts you are following and check their previous episodes.
In the music section, add Artist by clicking on “follow”, and add to album you by tapping the heart.
3. Sound Quality
The sound quality isn’t as good as many major music streaming services. Especially the free version doesn’t give you a good quality of sound. The “standard” default on your device, Spotify streaming speed is 160 kbps (kilobits per second), with each “bit” being basically a song “part.” With a Premium subscription, you get the option of amping up the quality to 360 kbps. This makes the sound much richer with good quality brass.
4. Offline Usage
Free Spotify does not have an offline usage facility. However, if you are a premium member you can save songs and podcasts for offline. You can use spotify offline with their ‘edit offline playlist’ section and syncing the playlist.
5. Premium Subscription Fees
A Spotify Premium membership costs $9.99 per month in 2019; student memberships cost $4.99.The streaming service also offers Spotify Premium for Families-allowing up to five members of the same family to have individual Premium accounts for all five families at a discounted price of $29.99 a month. The plan will cost two customers a month $14.99, three $19.99 and four a month $24.99.
6. Premium Subscription Features
The normal Spotify Premium membership includes unlimited streaming service, downloading music, unlimited ad skips, an ad-supported Hulu subscription and higher quality streaming.