I have a written a ton about streaming music over the years because it is so important to me.
I am digging musicovery.com – Nov 12, 2014
Spotify brings the big guns to streaming music battle – May 10, 2014
Is iTunes radio a Pandora Killer? – Sep 28, 2013
And the winner is… PANDORA! – Feb 7, 2011
Streaming Music sites compared – Oct 16, 2010
Get your music on – free and geeky, just like I like it – Apr 5, 2008
In that time there have been quite a few changes in my favorite method of streaming music. You can read all those articles for details, but let me summarize:
- Last.FM started out on top (my nerdy need to track what I listen to was what hooked me)
- Pandora took over as my favorite when they added the ability to sync with Last.FM stats
- iTunes looked like a world beater but quickly dropped the ball – catalog was good, streaming was spotty and tracking non-existent so Pandora stayed in the lead
- Spotify always had a big edge when it came to listening to a specific song or album but couldn’t compete with the ability to create radio stations and didn’t track listens
- Spotify added the ability to sync with Last.FM and the expanded catalog just became too powerful. It began to outweigh Pandora’s ability to create a radio station based on a style or artist. I jumped ship to Spotify
- Pandora is coming back!
Here is how I consume music streaming now. If I am in the mood for a type of music, I select Pandora and play a station like Yacht Rock Radio, Arctic Monkeys Radio etc. If I hear something that I know I want to hear again, I pull out SoundHound to detect the song and artist and then click the Spotify button – it is then added to my Spotify account. Once on Spotify, I can listen to any track or album I want whenever I want, Spotify is the only service I pay for.
Now it appears that Pandora is going to add the ability to create on-demand playlists… that is the only thing keeping me loyal to Spotify. If Pandora pulls it off it will once again be the clear best deal. I am not canceling my Spotify account anytime soon but you can bet I will be watching the changes over at Pandora very closely.
Talk to me. What streaming music do you use? How? Why? Do you pay?
by Chris Doelle