Pandora is becoming more difficult to use... Alternatives?

Discussion in 'Digital Sources' started by Archguy, Jul 5, 2018.

  1. Archguy

    Archguy Official Roiurama Factory Rep Subscriber

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    Pandora Plus (which I've been using for years) has become impossible to keep using. Since the last couple of "software upgrades" the system is convinced that I am trying to stream from multiple devices (I'm only using one) and nothing I do will convince them otherwise.

    Pandora is now stopping right in the middle of songs with a very loud, shrill announcement that "Someone else is listening to your Pandora account." The interruptions are extremely annoying (and they are entirely unnecessary--Pandora could simply stop the stream with a visual indication if it's so sure I'm a pirate).

    The first time I 'opened a ticket' with them, they changed my password and erased all of my stations. I was able to recover my stations, fortunately. Ever since, I just get "Form Letter" responses and I have already cleared all data from my tablet device.

    I'm realizing that the only solution is to switch to another service. I guess I'll lose all of my station development ("curation") which is a shame, but may I look forward to a service with decent SQ and maybe even the ability to play a specific song on demand? Can I get this for anything like the $56/yr I'm now paying? 95% of my listening is jazz if that matters.

    It has to be compatible with Chromecast Audio. Thanks for any suggestions.
     

     

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  2. chicks

    chicks Lunatic Member

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    Odd. I use their premium service in several locations, never had an issue.

    Amazon is the next cheapest service if you have Prime.

    Also, there are numerous free jazz radio stations that stream, and several internet-only stations. Try https://www.jazzgroove.org
     
  3. wlhd1610

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    I also use their "premium"service for $9.99/month and enjoy commercial free seamless listening on the dozen or so stations I've created.

    Bob
     
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  4. Archguy

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    I wonder if I pay $120/yr instead of $56/yr I'll get better performance. Or will I be twice as mad? [​IMG]
     
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  5. Decibel_116

    Decibel_116 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I used to really like Pandora, but that was a few years ago. The user interface has changed and is not as intuitive as it used to be. Also, the number of audible ads have become unacceptable. I tried listening a few nights ago to see if anything had changed. One song, then one commercial, then another song, then two commercials. I turned it off.

    In the past, I used Pandora for music discovery with a fair amount of success. They seem to have a good algorithm for predicting which music you may like based on what you have "liked" before. Too bad I can't stand to use it anymore...
     
  6. Archguy

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    Well, there are no ads at all with the Plus and Premium service tiers, as I'm sure you know.

    I actually think the Plus is a good deal, when it works. It's been working well for a few hours now. I wonder if they can ratchet down (or off) the multi-streaming sensitivity when they get legit complaints from users.
     

     

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  7. invaderzim

    invaderzim Active Member

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    I use the $56 plan and switch between PC, App (offline and on) and Squeezebox Touch for playback.

    I found that the more popular the music was that I was listening to the more commercials it tended to have. The Spanish language commercials were a bit odd for me but the award for most annoying commercials went to Spotify when I was trying it out. I've come to think that they all want to drive you to the paid option (youtube included) by inundating you with bad commercials.

    I eventually decided I listen plenty enough to justify $5 a month. Having a couple stations downloaded to my phone for my commute spoiled me. Having it throw some new songs into the mix based off my preferences is also really nice.
     
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  8. musichal

    musichal poet emeritus Subscriber

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    I use Pandora Free via ROKU and get very few commercials. I like that it knows what I like. Lately I've been listening more to FM 94.7 The Brew locally OTA via my Sony XDR-F1HD tuner.
     
  9. RTally

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    I wonder if your problem stems from using ChromeCast Audio. CCA streams directly from the 'net with the mobile device only providing a control interface. I have heard of ChromeCast getting separated from the controlling device such that the controlling device opens a second stream to the one running on the CCA.
     
  10. Archguy

    Archguy Official Roiurama Factory Rep Subscriber

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    Yes thanks—good point—I wondered that too, particularly in light of previous experiences. I'd hate to be ragging on Pandora for something which isn't their fault, but I also hate when my music is interrupted, especially by such a loud, rude voice. Heck, generally I won't even talk on the phone if I can help it. With texting & email you can let the music play on [​IMG]

    More to the point, though, the simulcast thing isn't happening much at all any more and when it does, I'm quick to terminate one process. I keep the volume on my tablet turned up so that I don't miss any such occurrences. It's now as though they've throttled back on that possibility and introduced the reverse—can't hear any stream at all. I don't know a thing about the technical aspects but I do wonder if they're trying to keep a tighter rein to prevent multiple streams and in the process they end up tightening too much.
     

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