Pandora Getting 2x the Users with iPhone!

Discussion in 'MOG, Pandora, Spotify, Rdio' started by mrpacs, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. mrpacs

    mrpacs Well-Known Member

  2. I see a common theme.

    1.internet radio "on the go" is becoming more popular, and easy to access.
    2.itunes still has it's place on the market
    3.sat radio is complicated, and self destructing very well on it's own.
  3. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    No doubt about it as these type service become widely available via devices that we already own it is a no brainer!

    I iPhone/iPod Touch has all but saved Pandora from shutting down!

    KTMCDO Member

    just a quick question about pandora does it cache your songs like slacker
    when your not near a hotspot or do you need wifi for it to work
  5. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    Pandora is a streaming only service! This is the one drawback to it vs Slacker! I listen to Pandora streaming on my iPod Touch at night a lot and sometimes while at the office during the day. It works great! I wish it did allow music channels to be stored on the device, that would be sweet.

    I think part of the road block with Slacker releasing an App for the iPhone is because Apple is probably not wanting them to have access to be able to store music on the flash memory. Just like they don't allow these apps to continue playing when minimized in the background. Seems like a very silly limitation to me.
  6. hank-the-dwarf

    hank-the-dwarf Well-Known Member

    Streaming only yo.Works great for me.
  7. Musicologist

    Musicologist Member

    Pandora is also available through Sprint, via their tremendously popular Samsung Instinct.

    $2.99 per month, unlimited.

    However, Pandora is still facing serious financial problems due to the unreasonable royalties they have to pay.

    Hopefully, revenues from the Instinct and iPhone can keep Pandora afloat, while they try to work out a better royalty deal.

  8. A friend had Pandora with Sprint on a cell phone at one point. He said when you would stream the music. The phone would not ring if someone called you. That it would just go straight to voice mail. Which seemed kind of stupid considering it was a cell phone. The stream should stop so the phone can be answered. Plus Sprint sucks in the area on top of that. He canceled the service very quickly. I don't think Pandora made out very well with the Sprint partnership, but that is just a assumption from my friends experience.
  9. Jon

    Jon Well-Known Member

    Makes me wonder if Pandora isn't the next one to become a division of another company that can afford the royalties. Throw out names of the usual suspects like Apple, or google. Google would probably be the most likely since they are looking for a platform for their targeted radio ads, and this might be just the thing, provided it's not overdone.
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  10. mrpacs

    mrpacs Well-Known Member

    I find this to be a positive rather than a negative. I stream Slacker on my iPhone and via the web on my PC. No need to store songs.
  11. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    Yes, if the only place you listen has rock solid cell coverage or wifi it is great. Unfortunately living in a rural area, I can tell you this would be a huge flop. Clearly being able to have a device that stores music so that you can play it back anywhere is much, much more desirable overall.

    The G2 also offers other features like the normalization of the music, so that you don't get that one song louder or lower in volume than the other. I noticed via the iPod stream I get that a lot. Though I do think Slacker has worked on this some as it doesn't seem to be as bad as it once was across the service

    The other thing that I like about storing music especially on my G2 is that I can build a rather large station that I can listen to for a day without ever having to hear repeats. I notice on the iPod Touch that if for any reason I shut down and restart the player, it seems to forget which songs it played and I am apt to hear repeats. Granted this is small things, but when you listen as much as I do I find them rather annoying.

    The good news is that these iPod/iPhone applications has allowed many folks to listen with a portable device, which previously was totally missing. This will certainly help services like Slacker and Pandora. I also think Sirius needs to jump on this bandwagon too, but like always, they are so far behind the 8 ball.
  12. Jon

    Jon Well-Known Member

    Same here. Access to all 100+ Professionally programmed stations, plus all my custom stations. Ability to ban Artist AND Track. What's not to like?
  13. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    Constant interruptions because you are using it on a cell phone? I guess if you don't hardly talk on the phone it wouldn't be a big deal, but many of us use our phones for business and this just becomes an annoyance. There are days I could forget about listening to music if I had to rely on a cell phone to listen too it.
  14. mrpacs

    mrpacs Well-Known Member

    Do what I do; send the incoming call to voicemail by double clicking the button the top of the phone. I've been predominantly listening to Slacker while in the gym so it works out perfectly for me.
  15. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    I got my phone to answer and make calls! Just like tonight I am on call, I can't put my phone to go to voice mail, I have to be available to answer it.

    I guess there would be some times, I could do this, but I don't really like that solution. Fortunately, I have a G2 and I recommend it over trying to use a cell phone for your music, unless you just don't get enough calls to worry about it. My point is one has to weigh this in their decision about what option is best for them. Cell phones for music just don't work for me, I can see for some people they would.

    The other aspect of this is I have older relatives that call me and if something happened to one of them and I had my phone going to voice mail so I could listen to Slacker, I would really not like that. It just totally defeats the purpose of having a phone! Different Strokes for Different Folks! :)
  16. mrpacs

    mrpacs Well-Known Member

    Absolutely! :)
  17. Jon

    Jon Well-Known Member

    Hence the reason I got the low end talk plan, no one really calls me, and I use the phone for calls, but not as often as I do other stuff. It's just nice to have the phone around when I need it. Also the reason for the unlimited data plan, and the extra $20 for the unlimited text plan, since I do more of both.

    On another note, I actually used Pandora on the way home from class tonight on 3G and Edge. Not bad other than the interference with the FM Transmitter (I need to get a compatible one! :mad: ) and pretty snappy even on EDGE. Created my own Megadeth channel on the iPhone and rocked out! :headbang:

    On a slightly related note, I ran Slacker in the same mode on the FM Transmitter, and there was WAY more Interference with Slacker than there was Pandora, I couldn't tell you why. It ran about as good as Pandora on 3G and Edge, but the interference was unbearable.
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2009

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