Music lovers have an overwhelming array of choices when it comes to listening to their favorite tunes. From mainstream radio to Internet music sources such as Pandora or Spotify, music listeners have an abundance of choices at their fingertips. Two of my own favorite music sources are Pandora and Spotify. Both sources provide access to great music but the delivery method is quite different. Here is a look at how Pandora and Spotify compare, and which if any, have won my heart when it comes to music sources.
Spotify is similar to iTunes in the essence that you have to download software in order to listen to music. That music is cataloged for you, and you have the ability to create customized playlists with ease. That is where the similarities between Spotify and iTunes end. Spotify allows you to listen to music and build playlists free with ads. There is also a premium version with no ads for a small price. Spotify also has a social-networking aspect. When you listen to music on Spotify it appears in your news feed on social networking sites such as Facebook.
Another online music source I use frequently is Pandora. Pandora works a bit differently than Spotify. You don’t need to download any software, just simply sign up for a user name. You can start listening to music right away by entering a song name, artist or genre. Pandora will play similar artists and can actually broaden your musical horizons by introducing you to new artists and songs within the genre you selected.
So Which Music Source is Better?
Pandora and Spotify both have their benefits, but which of these music sources is better? When it comes to a comparison between Pandora and Spotify, there is no clear and definitive winner. If you have the time to compile playlists, Spotify may work well for you. I prefer to listen to Spotify at home when I have the time to create personalized playlists. While I am at work, Pandora is my go-to choice because it plays the music I love with just a few clicks of the mouse. Both sources rank high in my book, and the one I go to first all depends on the situation, including time restraints, mood and musical preference.
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