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Is Pandora Better Than Spotify?

I am an avid user of both products (or at least I was). And I am here to tell you that Spotify is better than Pandora. If you want instant gratification. Just like rap music is better than “actual” music if you want instant gratification. We all know that music is not where it used to be, it’s just one of the many side effects of technology. It’s why you can’t listen to the songs that come out on the radio anymore for more than a couple of plays before they start to sound more redundant than articles written for SEO purposes.

Instant gratification is something that we have all sought out in our lives, and is something that we all seek on a daily basis whether we like to admit it or not. It is also something that Spotify is basing their whole business model off of. The idea that people will continuously pay $9.99 a month (their premium service) so that they can continue to be instantly gratified.

But is instant gratification something that truly satisfies us? Have you ever hung out with somebody at a party in today’s world that is in charge of controlling the music? It is usually pretty hard for them not to continuously change the song after about 30 seconds of play. It can get extremely annoying and frustrating to have to sit through all of that.

So why am I talking about all of this?

Well having used Spotify for the last two months and having done a lot of research with the company, not only have I really gotten tired of listening to music on Spotify, but I am not a humungous fan of their business model. In fact, myself, and companies like Century Media, both think that Spotify is not the best way forward for the distribution of music.

Spotify banks on making deals with record companies. These deals do not have the best intentions of the singers and song writers in mind. In fact every time an album plays through on Spotify, artists typically only get paid $0.04!

But aside from Spotify’s questionable business model, I would still argue that Spotify is not more enjoyable than Pandora. Sometimes being forced to listen to songs that you don’t like at first is the best thing to do for your entertainment. In fact, I have been on Spotify for a while now, and I have yet to discover new music – something that the creators, and the likes of Sean Parker, claim that it does so well. Discovering new music is always going to be done best by word of mouth, but Pandora allows you to discover this music as well. Let’s take a look at a few reason why Pandora might just be a lot better than Spotify than you actually know.

  • There is no Downloading Pandora
  • You don’t waste time trying to find music to listen to (especially important when working)
  • You listen to songs that you normally wouldn’t listen to
  • Pandora’s business model doesn’t leave musicians strapped for cash


Pandora and Spotify will be competing for a while. One of the big advantages that Spotify has right now is its new and improved integration with Facebook. Spotify is all over people’s wall, timeline (the new UI that Facebook is currently getting sued for), and news feeds. It’s getting a lot of exposure. Let’s see if it can actually start making money.

Vishal Gaikar

Vishal Gaikar

Vishal Gaikar is a professional blogger from Pune, India. He is Software Engineer, Web Addicted. At Shake the Tech, he writes on Technology, Gadgets & so on. Follow me @vishal
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