Spotify vs Pandora?

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Aug 7 40 Comments

As a customer is it Spotify all the way? How about as an employee? Is Spotify better as well?

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  • Pandora pandorafan
    Pandora gives way better recommendations. It is the oldest AI powered music recommendation system on earth, with over 15 years of music genome and listening data. No other recommendation systems come close.

    Due to newer licensing though Spotify has a wider breadth of music, and their social features are on point. You come for their catalog, stay for the friends.
    Aug 7 10
    • Spotify / Product WXUp28
      Last.fm is like 17 years old. Just saying
      Aug 7
    • Pandora pandorafan
      If we are gonna be pedantic about time, then “over 15 years” for Pandora is actually 19 years (since 2000)
      Aug 7
    • Pandora / Eng kitkat112
      Pandora uses humans for curation Spotify uses computers. I prefer humans over HAL 9000 when it comes to music curation. Spotify is garbage can't turn a profit.
      Aug 8
    • Spotify / Eng qbeforeu
      Spotify has gotten rid of most social features over the years, so that point sounds weird
      Aug 8
    • Spotify / Product WXUp28
      There’s a thing in desktop client that still works magically
      Aug 8
  • Spotify qazwsxedcv
    Does anybody still use Yahoo for searches?
    Aug 7 6
    • Spotify qazwsxedcv
      lol if you calculate DAU as Decade Active Users. Most of those extra users will all be dead soon. They’re like Brexit voters
      Aug 7
    • Pandora gets396
      Monthly active users per comScore. I agree the current growth trends are not in Pandora's favor.
      Aug 7
    • Pandora / Eng joystick
      You are not doing anyone at Pandora any favor by holding on to those numbers. 1) younger demographics is a lost battle 2) the numbers for this quarter will be at least even. 3) trusting comScore with accuracy of insights is like trusting equifax with privacy.
      Now, if you go and convince leadership to expose on-demand features to ad-supported users and invest in brand and innovation rather than “me too” features that “we do better”, then you’ll have something to feel proud about.
      Aug 7
    • Pandora gets396
      1) I don't disagree; 2) very unlikely given the gap; 3) short of sharing non-public data, it's the best source, and the way in which it is incorrect (e.g. cross platform usage) should be relatively consistent between pandora and spotify
      Aug 7
    • Pandora / Eng joystick
      If Spotify’s active audience (more tech savvy users) is largely “unmeasurable” by methods that comscore applies and Pandora’s non-active user base registers as active, you will have biased results. Good enough for most advertisers, sure, but not to accurately estimate number of _active_ US users.
      Aug 7
  • Sirius XM / Product bOqC28
    Pandora. It’s now owned by SXM and we are shockingly profitable. I couldn’t believe it when I found out. Read any wall street analysts opinion of SXM vs. Spotify and the consensus is clear: SXM is the better BUSINESS.

    As for products? I think most consumers would say Spotify. That being said, I really like the Pandora app and I think it can realistically compete or outperform Spotify in 2 years.
    Aug 8 8
    • Sirius XM / Product bOqC28
      Aug 9
    • Sirius XM / Product bOqC28
      Spotify financials
      Aug 9
    • Spotify / Eng VnEB34
      If you have a milkshake, and I have a milkshake, and I have a straw and my straw reaches across the room and starts to drink your milkshake... I drink your milkshake! I drink it up!
      Aug 9
    • Pandora KHiE71
      Results matter everything else is philosophy.
      Aug 9
    • Pandora zTWa21
      What happens at SXM/Pandora the next few years depends on blending 2 completely different cultures and stemming the flow of staff bailing out of Pandora.
      Aug 13
  • Pandora / Other
    bj4

    Pandora Other

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    MAKE PANDORA GREAT AGAIN
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    Spotify +1
    Aug 7 0
  • Spotify qazwsxedcv
    I just did a quick poll and the last time most non-Spotify people I know downloaded Pandora it was on a blackberry
    Aug 7 0
  • Sirius XM / Mktg
    Fjdiwhdi

    Sirius XM Mktg

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    Stay the fuck away from SiriusXM
    Aug 7 0
  • Pandora / Mktg Anyway2b
    Not sure if anyone can do an employee comparison unless they’ve worked for both companies but the work life balance at Pandora is great. Speed to innovation not so much. Depending on your career goals, this is worth taking into account.
    Aug 7 0
  • Pandora fhkh848hnk
    Pandora is a great place to work and I also use the app but just to be more familiar with the product. That being said I think it's a great app, my only issue is sometimes things are unavailable due to more limited licensing (or unwillingness to get sued, like Spotify) Hopefully since the Sirius acquisition we'll have more budget for licenses.
    Aug 7 2
    • Pandora zOpL58
      Pandora is fucking terrible. Grow up
      Aug 7
    • Pandora fhkh848hnk
      I get paid a lot and work a little, I can also see why you wouldn't like working here, it's not perfect. You are clearly the one who needs growing up.
      Aug 8
  • Pandora / Eng joystick
    Some things to consider:
    1) It’s not Pandora, it’s Sirius XM
    2) I don’t know your position, but if you are an engineer, Atlanta is a better option than Oakland in my opinion.
    Aug 7 0
  • Pandora / QA T73bd8w2
    Imo Pandora has better radio stations for sure but Spotify has better everything else
    Aug 7 0
  • Pandora zOpL58
    Def Spotify, way more innovative and in it for the long haul
    Aug 7 0
  • Pandora Clownputer
    Pandora says they have more users, but how come everyone I see on BART opens up Spotify and not Pandora. Also all if not most of my friends are on Spotify. IMHO, Spotify is way better. That said I'm sure Spotify's culture and WLB can't compare to Pandora 😁
    Aug 7 0
  • Nielsen / Eng
    TrilGates

    Nielsen Eng

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  • Spotify / Eng bubbedty
    Netflix or Hulu?
    Aug 7 0