In streaming music options, question remains: to shuffle or to choose

Recently, I purchased Spotify Premium just to see what all the fuss was about. I have to say, my mind was blown.

No more buying songs and wasting your money when you don’t listen to those songs anymore. You can create a playlist of all the songs you enjoy, and if you don’t want a song in your library anymore, it doesn’t cost you anything. You can even download the songs to your phone so you don’t use up data on long road trips. Premium is relatively cheap, at only $10 a month (without Premium, shuffle is switched on permanently).

Before Spotify, I used Pandora, strictly because I enjoyed the shuffle aspect of it. Just choose a station (or create your own), and off you go. You can even “like” or “dislike” songs to customize your station to your liking, and disliked songs never show up again. Pandora Premium allows you to listen to your music uninterrupted, getting rid of those pesky ads. Also, you are allowed unlimited skips for songs that you don’t want to listen to at the moment, as opposed to the “six skips a day” rule. Premium for Pandora is also $10 a month.

Between Spotify and Pandora, both have their strengths and weaknesses, but I believe it comes down to this: Do you like your music permanently shuffled, or do you want to choose the songs you play? The difference isn’t monetary, it’s preference.

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