Pandora One vs. Spotify Premium: Which music streaming service is a better deal?

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What are the benefits of upgrading to Pandora One? How much does upgrading to Pandora One cost?
You only get a few more skips an hour compared to the free one. All Pandora One did was stop me from exposing my dad to weird and uncomfortable advertisements, and that hardly seems worth it. The same ad played, over and over, every single advertisement break, embedding into my subconscious to the point of where it showed up in my dreams. Life post-advertisements Has my life significantly improved since Pandora One? By subscribing to Pandora One, one can do away with unwanted ads and simply enjoy music streaming at a minimal subscription fee.

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There are fewer timeouts or pauses when one is subscribed to Pandora One. With Pandora One, there are fewer pause periods for music stations and this simply translates to continuous enjoyment of music. Pandora One can be installed in desktop computers and various mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. The application has a very cool and friendly interface regardless of the platform or device.

This simply translates to easy navigation to favorite stations, genre, or songs. Subscribers to the Pandora One service need not be too tech savvy to enjoy the upgraded features of this popular online music streaming service provider.

Pandora One allows for online music streaming with no limits. Subscribers can basically login to their accounts and enjoy their favorite music any time and all the time. Pandora knows where I live, either because I had directly told them 13 years ago, or because they keep tabs on my IP address. Pandora, my once comfortable t-shirt, had begun advertising a lot of eco-political propaganda.

First, it was pro-coal advertisements, promptly followed by pro-fracking advertisements. I suppose despite knowing where I lived, Pandora missed the memo on my major, which as many of you might remember from the Lycan Powerbox Crowdfunding Critic , is conservation and sustainability. Pandora states on their website: This means we may pass anonymized age, gender or zip code information to our ad-serving partners so they can personalize the ads you see.

That is probably the exact reason there's no option to blacklist advertisements. Somehow, I trucked through the advertisements that were morally offensive to me, because they were fairly infrequent. Mostly, I was still getting advertisements for Home Depot, local car dealerships, and Pandora One itself. It wasn't until the last three months that Pandora started doing something impossible to ignore, something that eventually wound up causing me to subscribe to Pandora One.

The descent into madness I stopped getting car dealership ads, TV show ads, eco-political propaganda -- I even stopped getting Pandora One advertisements. I only got three advertisements, and I got them in the same order, every single time. The first advertisement was one for the college that I'm currently attending.

It was hard to ignore, because I'm conditioned to listen for the name of my college. Every few songs, I was going to be forced to listen to Pandora attempt to sell me on something I had been paying for for three years. Secondly, I got Subway ads. Or ad, I suppose. The same ad played, over and over, every single advertisement break, embedding into my subconscious to the point of where it showed up in my dreams. It did the opposite of making me want to buy Subway, by the by, as I now have a visceral objection to the word "Subway.

Pandora knows my gender, and as such, you'd think it would pander to that more than it has in the past. I'm not sure why it didn't, but it had never been a "thing" before. However, three months ago, Pandora started with gender-targeted advertisements.

Or rather, a gender-targeted advertisement. Again, just the one advertisement, and it was geared toward It didn't help that the advertisement was extremely casual, and overly saccharine. It made me uncomfortable, as I was frequently hearing this advertisement in the presence of other humans -- usually strangers on the bus, who couldn't hear my music.

I held out for a while, but after day in and day out of the same three advertisements being played on repeat, I snapped -- and finally subscribed to Pandora One. Life post-advertisements Has my life significantly improved since Pandora One?

I get a few extra songs a day, because I'm not being inundated with advertisements. I get a few more skips an hour, but at this point most of my stations are years old at this point, so I don't generally need a ton of skips to begin with. Sure, there are days when Pandora attempts to serenade me with some sad-sack indie-kid songs that I have no interest in hearing, but even then, a skip or two, and I'm right back into an eclectic mix of anti-folk and experimental rock.

Pandora is a great service, and I'll continue to stand behind it until that changes. Pandora One didn't change my experience or make it better.

All Pandora One did was stop me from exposing my dad to weird and uncomfortable advertisements, and that hardly seems worth it. Pandora One's best kept secret As I was polishing up this article, I went clicking around Pandora's website to make sure I had covered everything that needed to be covered.

While doing this, I discovered something I had never seen before, despite vocally complaining about it's lack of existence for about as long as I could remember: When subscribed to Pandora One, you're granted access to a desktop application that allows you to stream music without needing to have a tab open on your browser in the background. Why isn't this a regularly-advertised thing? Even on their list of "Pandora One benefits" there's no mention of it.

I guess they consider it not noteworthy enough to make mention of, though after using it for a few hours, it's become apparent that it's pretty decent. You're not here for the ads. But ads help us keep the lights on.

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