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Spotify challenges Pandora with free radio on iPhone, iPad

By Jos
Jun 19, 2012
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  1. Music streaming service Spotify has announced it is adding a free radio feature to its iOS app that will compete with the likes of Pandora, Slacker and Songza. Previously only available to desktop users, the feature will enable both free…

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  2. Well I hope it comes with better song selection. I've tried the radio on the desktop many of times and it always ends up playing garbage I never heard before. I always seem to come back to Pandora which like magic never playing anything I don't know or least is related to what I am listening too. Don't get me wrong I love Spotify but the radio sucks.
  3. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 2,078   +64 Staff Member

    That used to be the case but it has really improved since they began using Echo Nest's technology to power the radio feature, IMO
  4. I would like to know what they will be doing about the Android users that are getting shafted here.
  5. Yeah, I don't see Spotify radio as much of a threat to Pandora. I listen to free Spotify, but their radio -still- sucks. The selection on Pandora is far deeper than what one can get on Spotify. Just as an example (and it's only one - I could easily name a dozen), try finding Frank Zappa on Spotify. All you get are "tribute" songs by other artists. Pandora, on the other hand, has a ton of original Zappa, as well as Dweezil, and even Moon Unit's small contribution. This is just an example - I've struck out plenty of times looking for artists on Spotify. I primarily use Spotify to play "program" music that has to be played in order (e.g., classical music). Sort of like a free iTunes. I -pay- to use Pandora (which is more than 3× cheaper than Spotify's basic for-pay service BTW), but I doubt I'll ever pay $120/year to listen to "tribute albums."


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