When comparing Pandora vs Mixcloud, the Slant community recommends Pandora for most people. In the question“What are the best music streaming services?” Pandora is ranked 7th while Mixcloud is ranked 16th. The most important reason people chose Pandora is:
The Pandora music streaming service is the best at predicting which songs the user would enjoy hearing. Unlike services which have rudimentary recommendation algorithms, Pandora uses over 400 selection attributes that are combined to form over 2,000 focus traits including rhythm syncopation, key tonality, harmonies, and instrumental proficiency. Not only does Pandora use this plethora of conditions to determine each song's inclusion in your station, but it also displays the specific reason that each song was played, as well as its relation to your input criteria.
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Pro Most personalized radio experience
The Pandora music streaming service is the best at predicting which songs the user would enjoy hearing. Unlike services which have rudimentary recommendation algorithms, Pandora uses over 400 selection attributes that are combined to form over 2,000 focus traits including rhythm syncopation, key tonality, harmonies, and instrumental proficiency.
Not only does Pandora use this plethora of conditions to determine each song's inclusion in your station, but it also displays the specific reason that each song was played, as well as its relation to your input criteria.
Pro Easily learns what you like and dislike
The Pandora music streaming service allows you to rate each song played with a "thumbs-up" or "thumbs-down" to signal your opinion of the song that is played. The station incorporates every single rating to intelligently learn your preferences over time, resulting in an extremely tailored station based on your input.
Pro Extremely versatile stations
Unlike other music streaming services, Pandora allows you to create a station from a single song, artist, album, or genre, and the service has a huge library of over 800,000 tracks from 80,000 artists.
More importantly, Pandora lets you mix and match an unlimited number of input criteria to create a station for any mood/style/occasion.
Being available for free means anyone can try the service in order to see if it appeals.
Pro Available on mobile and in vehicles
Pandora has an application on all major mobile platforms, including iOS, Android, and WP7. In addition, it is available in numerous vehicles as an add-on, many with voice commands.
Pro Predicts what you like with great accuracy
Pandora's music genome algorithms are eerily accurate to the point where it can be considered a personal DJ.
Pro Premium Streaming
Premium is just like any other paid streaming service for the same amount. It does the same things and has a a comparable library. With the personalized radio it makes it a force that is often overlooked.
Pro Wide & varied content
There is a massive and varied range of content across many styles, genres & vintages all easily found via tags and particularly effective recommendations.
Pro Totally Free
You're free to listen and upload as much as you like, unlike Soundcloud.
Pro Sound Quality
Music sounds crisp and punchy when streaming/playback (if you're using quality headphones/speakers).
Pro Friendly Interface
It's easy to use the simple and beautiful platform, unlike the Archive.org.
Con Not available outside the US
For those that live outside the US, the service is not available to them, which greatly limits users from around the globe.
Con Limited skips
Pandora makes it very difficult by limiting your playlist to only a specific song or artist. The player also does not allow you to rewind or repeat any songs.
You are only granted six skips per station per hour, and even this is limited to 72 skips per user per day. This is often frustrating if you are trying to focus your playlist on a very specific music selection.
Con Limited bitrate
Most songs played on Pandora Radio are 128 kpbs bitrate. That being said, the paid version of the service offers songs with a bitrate of 192 kbps.
Con Frequent advertisements
The free version of Pandora has frequent audio advertisements that are injected every few songs, making the service impossible to use in a party-type setting. However, these can be avoided by paying for the premium edition or by using other ad-blocking software.
Con Rips artists off
Only Youtube pays artists less than Pandora. Spotify has been under fire for not paying artists enough, at $0.0044 / play (as of march 2018). Well, Pandora pays less than 3 times that! ($0.0013). Tidal pays artists roughly 10 times more ($0.0125).
Con Limited artists
There are only 1 million songs on the service. This means there are a lot of artists missing.
Con Ads even in paid Pro account
Free and Pro Accounts put ads in your content. If you don't want ads, you have to pay 6.99 USD/mo for the Premium account.
Con Engagement tools just for paid accounts
If you want to grow and monitor your audience in the platform, you'll need to sign the Pro account, which costs $15/month or $135/year.
Con Data charges by surprise
Watch out for those data charges if you're on the move.