How bad is pandora?

Discussion in 'Music Streaming' started by Dustyballz, Jan 31, 2018.

  1. eickmewg

    eickmewg AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I subscribe to Pandora One. A good $5/month investment. While I wish they would up their kbps rate, I find the music just fine to my old ears. So I will give it a :thumbsup:.
     
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  2. olson_jr

    olson_jr AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Bab, bad bad!

    Pandora, who was created to be curious, couldn’t stay away from that box and the urge to open the box overcame her.

    Horrible things flew out of the box including greed, envy, hatred, pain, disease, hunger, poverty, war, and death. All of life’s miseries had been let out into the world.

    Pandora slammed the lid of the box back down.

    The last thing remaining inside of the box was hope.

    Ever since, humans have been able to hold onto this hope in order to survive the wickedness that Pandora had let out.
     
  3. Grenadeslio

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    Used it for background music until purchasing one of these for $63, now at least my background music is what I want to hear.

    Hey Pandora, since when has rap music become classic rock?

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  4. Oregonian

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    I'm a Pandora Plus user (grandfathered in at the original $3.99 per month cost) and have been for about 5 years. Their Genome project is not just marketing crap - it is legit and I've found so many great artists/music because of listening to Pandora that I think they should get a commission from iTunes for all the music I've bought because of this. Quality is good but my 56 year old ears probably couldn't tell 320 from 128 in any case...............I also use Spotify and like it but prefer Pandora. When I want playlists I use iTunes.
     
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  5. Champco

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    Since gen xers started running things.. I pay for Sirius and happily listen to what I want.
     
  6. Archguy

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  7. Champco

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    I guess we listed to different channels. On a two day trip I may need to channel surf but for the most part it's been three to five selections I listen to in th truck and at home on Dish it far exceeds anything else musically offered. I guess i do not get the corporate image stuff...
     
  8. Wildcat

    Wildcat Audio Sommelier

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    My sentiments exactly. $5 for something I use almost daily for 2-3 hours is a bargain. (I actually pay $3.99 as I'm grandfathered in under an older deal.) The subscription brings with it somewhat improved sound, and since it's primarily background music for me, I don't pay much attention like I would on my big system.

    I have stations I've been building for several years. My oldest dates to 12/14/2007. Another we play during dinner dates to 2010. Through a combination of seed artists, thumbs up and thumbs down votes, I have them fairly well trained. Every so often (every few months or so), they either add more music or change their algorithms, as I'll get a flood of music I don't want, and I have to give a thumbs down to several in a row to get the station back to where it was. (I call it a "Pandora smackdown." :D )
     
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  9. Wildcat

    Wildcat Audio Sommelier

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    I loved XM. (R.I.P. XM Radio.) When Sirius took it over, canned all of the good DJs and PDs, dumbed down the music selection (and put some Cousin Brucie sh*t on 50s on 5), dumped some favorite channels, and killed off the feature shows I liked on 50s on 5, I cancelled. I was a longtime subscriber prior to that, even having a unit I used at home. I got a two-month trial when I picked up a car back in 2016 just to keep me company on the four hour ride home, and it sounded horrible, much worse than it ever did under XM's control. Worse than 128k MP3. Nothing like listening to a Rachmaninoff piano concerto and having it sound like it's underwater... :rolleyes:
     
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  10. hnash53

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    It's my understanding that with a paid Pandora subscription that the streaming bit rate is 192 kbps... both the Pandora Plus and Premium stream at 192 kbps.
    It's the free version that streams at 128 kbps.
    $4.99/month is awesome since you don't have to listen to those OBNOXIOUS commercials. I emphasize "obnoxious" because I think they purposely make them so to get people to purchase either Plus or Premium.
    I had Pandora Plus for several years and then when they came out with the Premium, I went for it at $9.99. The Premium I think is to compete with Spotify... which I also have. But a paid Spotify account gets you up to a 320 kbps max bitstream.
    I have since rolled back from Pandora Premium to Plus and am keeping my Spotify account.
    Why do I have both? I think Pandora does a better job at curating my stations than Spotify does... but I am finding that Spotify is doing a better job lately. Plus, you can dial up any song, album, artist and listen with Spotify. Pandora Premium says I can do the same, but in my experience I haven't been able to.

    I certainly do not think that Pandora... at whatever level of service... is BAD... NOT!!

    99% of my listening is done via audio streaming.
     
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