Streaming MusicStreaming MusicPandora & SpotifyPandora & SpotifyIrene E. McDermottInterim City Librarian, Crowell Public LibraryIMcDermott@CityofSanMarino.orgAuthor, Internet Book of Life (2011)
Pandora vs. SpotifyPandora vs. SpotifyBoth are “free” services that “stream”music to your computer or smart phoneover the internet.Listen to music for hours over yourcomputer, smart phone, or wi-fi connectedtablet.“Streaming” means that you must beconnected to the internet and you can’tkeep the songs.Spotify and Pandora have distinct historiesand offer different experiences.
Pandora Internet RadioPandora Internet RadioPandora.comfounded by TimWestergren in 2005.Based on his MusicGenome Project.Categorizes music bymelody, harmony,instrumentation, andrhythm.
Pandora Music DiscoveryPandora Music DiscoveryType the name of asong or an artist intothe search box.Pandora will streammusic that is similar toyour choice for hoursfor free (withcommercials.)Up to 100 “stations.”40 hours per month.
Pandora Genre StationsPandora Genre StationsExplore new musicwith genre stations.Christiancontemporary, hiphop, jazz, classical.Particularly good forholiday music!If you like a song,you can buy it fordownload to yourdevice.
Pandora PremiumPandora PremiumPandora One.$36 per year.No commercials.Higher quality audio.
Spotify.comSpotify.comLaunched in October2008 by Swedishstartup Spotify AB.Daniel Ek, MartinLorentzonCame to the U.S. in2011.Downloadable programor app; not open web.
Spotify is socialSpotify is socialFree, but it reallywants you to sign upwith your Facebookaccount.Reports all yourmusic choices toyour Facebook page.Allows you to getideas for new tunesfrom your friends.
Spotify plays what you requestSpotify plays what you requestStreams songs orentire albums.Specialty: Playlistscompiled by you orothers.Great way todiscover new music,i.e. top 40.Can import youriTunes collection.
Spotify premium and mobileSpotify premium and mobile$10 to play on phone.Unlimited: about $60/year.Premium: about $120/year. Can save music tocomputer.Advantage? Can play away from internet access.Disadvantage? Uses hard drive space.
But if you really want to request a specific tune…Stream it onYouTube.com!
Where to Learn MoreWhere to Learn MoreSpotify vs. Pandora: Which Is Better?http://mashable.com/2013/03/01/spotify-vs-pandora/Five Reasons to Love Pandorahttp://hometheater.about.com/od/internethometheater2/a/All-About-Pandora-Pandora-Basics.htmSpotify for Dummieshttp://www.dummies.com/how-to/internet/Streaming-Content/Spotify.html