Spotify Vs Pandora: Which Music Streaming Is Best For You in August 2022

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Spotify Vs Pandora: Which Music Streaming Is Best For You in August 2022

Spotify Vs Pandora – There are multiple music streaming platforms available here in the world of 2022. Choosing between these streaming platforms is tough and confusing, as they provide almost similar features.

In this article, we are going to see what streaming music means, and then we will read about Spotify and Pandora one by one. If you are confused to pick one of these platforms, then this article is for you.

As we are going to discuss the different aspects of the comparison and then we will conclude which one is best to pick. In this article, we are going to give a brief discussion about both these streaming platforms. Let us get started by knowing what steaming means.

What does streaming of music mean?

Streaming music means playing online music. Earlier, we used to download music on our devices and then play it when we needed to do so.

Now, we can play online music which is called streaming music. Steaming is done when we play music online on platforms like Spotify and Pandora. Here in this article, we are going to talk about music streaming platforms Pandora and Spotify.

What is Pandora?

Pandora is a music streaming platform that is available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Earlier, it was released to become the replacement for radio and get the radio online.

So, at first, Pandora had Radio. The radio function of Pandora is the best thing about Pandora. Just like a radio station, you will get your song in between other songs.

The app was developed in 2000 by Will Glaser, Jon Kraft, and Tim Westergren. The monthly active users of Pandora are over 60 million of which there are 6 million plus subscribers to Pandora.

What is Spotify?

Launched on 14th July 2008 in the United States, Spotify is a music streaming platform available on Google Play Store, and Apple App Store.

A user can stream not only music and songs but also stream several podcasts online with the help of the internet. If you are a music creator, you can post your created songs and music on Spotify.

You can even start your podcast channel on Spotify. There are three basic buttons available at the bottom of the screen, named, search, home screen, and your library.

Steaming music on Spotify is a great thing as it does not need much data, and you can stream even with your phone’s internet connection.

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Comparison Between Spotify and Pandora: Which can we Pick?

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Now, let us see the detailed comparison between Pandora and Spotify. The comparison is made on the basis of different aspects, each has been discussed in detail one by one. 

Sound quality

You should know that Pandora uses the lossy AAC file format and Spotify uses the lossy OGG Vorbis format. The max bit rate used by Pandora is 192 kbps. The max bit rate used by Spotify is 320 kbps. 

Spotify premium comes with five different audio quality settings that we can manually change on the web player, mobile app, and desktop app. 

Pandora comes with only three different audio quality settings. 

The low audio quality for Spotify is 24kbps and that for Pandora is 32, kbps. The normal audio quality for Spotify is 96kbps and that for Pandora is 64kbps only.

When we talk about high-quality audio settings, then Spotify runs at 160 kbps and Pandora runs at 128/192 kbps. It depends upon the platform.

The maximum audio quality for the desktop app is 128 kbps and that for a mobile app is 192 kbps for Pandora. There are no ultra-high settings for audio quality in Pandora and in Spotify, it is 320kbps. 

As 320 kbps is given by Spotify, and it is the highest audio setting, so Spotify wins the race when it comes to audio quality.

It does provide slightly better quality than Pandora and gives better clarity and depth of sound. If you do have expensive headsets, then you can see the difference.

The user interface of apps.

The user interface is the one thing that attracts new users to any application. Here we have compared the user interface of both Spotify and Pandora.

Spotify is very user-friendly as does have three buttons given at the bottom, with which we can use the app very effectively and even new users can get the app easily.

The three buttons are the search button, which helps us to get to the particular song or podcast in one go. There is a home screen button, which helps to see the list of songs that we play more.

There is a library button, at the right bottom corner, which holds our library of songs and podcasts. There is a settings button at the top right corner of the home screen, from where we can go and change the name of our username and more.

The user interface of Pandora is good but not as much as Spotify. There are four buttons, one, For You, which shows your streaming history, different genres, and featured playlists.

The second button is my collections, which shows you your playlist, saves, and more. The third button, the search button can be you to search for any song or music that we are looking for.

Then, there is a profile button, which shows details about the user. Unlike in Spotify, where we can see our profile in the Settings, in Pandora we can see the fourth button available at the bottom. 

Amount of content available 

Let us see the amount of content available on these platforms. On Spotify, we have 90 million plus songs and 3 million plus podcasts.

There are 70,000 plus songs that get added to Spotify every day. Spotify offers songs from all around the world. Spotify does also offer a good Indie music selection.

There are only 29 categories available on Pandora, whereas on Spotify we get 60 different categories. Pandora does not have that much amount of Songs and podcasts. That is why, when it comes to the amount of content, Spotify wins the race. 

Subscription Plans of Spotify and Pandora

Let us see how much we need to pay to get the premium membership of Spotify and Pandora. We have seen that both platforms offer premium membership at the same prices.

If you are a student you can get a membership of Spotify and Pandora at 4.99 dollars, if you are not a student, then you need to pay 9.99 dollars for one-month premium membership.

There is also a family plan for both Spotify and Pandora, it costs 14.99 dollars. In each, we can share the account with a maximum of 6 members of the family.

There is only one difference, that is, Spotify offers premium Duo at 12.99 dollars for one month. If you have Pandora, then you can get Pandora plus at 4.99 dollars and Premium military plan at 7.99 dollars per month.

With this, we get full access to the full content available on both streaming platforms. We get to have an ad-free experience. We can do offline listening by downloading the songs on both platforms.

These are the different aspects on which we have compared Spotify and Pandora. Read each of them and choose one according to your comfort. 

Pros and cons

Let us now see the pros as well as cons of both Pandora and Spotify in different terms of aspects. 

Spotify Pros:

  • Ease of use and the user interface
  • Exchanging music experience 
  • Music and podcasts
  • Multiple device capability 
  • Music library


  • High in price, when it comes to getting a subscription
  • Advertisement in between 
  • The audio quality is not that good

Pandora Pros: 

  • It is better than Spotify when it comes to streaming free music.
  • A low number of ads.


  • Low audio quality
  • Not available in every country 

These are the different pros and cons of Pandora and Spotify respectively.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Here below, we have answered some of the questions regarding this article. Read each of them one by one. 

Is it safe to use the apk version of Pandora?

Yes, it is safe to use Pandora apk version. We can get full features of the application in all versions absolutely for free. 

Is Pandora available in India?

No, Pandora is not available in our country India. To use it, we need to download the apk version of it.

Can we get free membership to Spotify?

We can get free membership of Spotify for one month. To get it, we need to choose the subscription plan, and Spotify offers is a one-month free plan with premium features.

Where does Pandora serve?

Pandora serves only particular regions. The countries are the united states, Australia and New Zealand. This is because of the licensing issues.

Which has more users?

In the global region, Spotify has a large number of users. But, in the regions where Pandora is active, the number of users of Pandora is more than that of Spotify. 

These are the different questions that have been raised by people and have been answered by experts on our team.

Last words

In this article, we talked about music streaming platforms Pandora and Spotify. We have discussed each of them and then we have given a detailed comparison between them.

After reading the article, do let us know how you liked it in the comments section given at the bottom. After that, we have seen the pros and cons of Spotify and Pandora.

Then, we have answered some of the questions regarding this article. If you do have any questions o le queries do let us know in the comments section given at the bottom. Thank you for reading this article.

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