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10-16-2013, 02:33 PM #1
Pandora Exec Taking iTunes Radio 'Very Seriously'
Pandora CFO Mike Herring sounds worried. What about? Apple's new iTunes Radio platform, a huge and foreboding challenge to Pandora's Internet radio empire.
"We take them very seriously and do see them as a credible threat," Herring admits in a new interview.
Without question, the support Apple has received from record labels and music publishers has been impressive and its bolstered the weight of iTunes Radio right out of the gates.
"Keep in mind there have been lots of credible threats over the years, from startups to Microsoft to Google, to Apple and Twitter this year," Herring continues. "We absolutely see iTunes as a competitive option out there, but we think we are a great service that does this better than anybody else."
Ultimately, Apple is poised for a global showdown with Pandora, as both platforms now seem destined to launch their competing services in dozens of additional nations in the coming years.
To read the full interview with Mike Herring, click here.
10-16-2013, 02:50 PM #2
meh so far I haven't gotten intrusive ads so....... I would take apples > pandora
10-16-2013, 02:55 PM #3
I don't use Pandora as they NEVER play what I want to hear. They may play the genre but then I have to wait for 60 songs to pass before I hear the ONE i want. The Apple offering has a better UI and more options IMHO.
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10-16-2013, 03:56 PM #5
Why does nobody mention Slacker in all the internet radio talk? It's always Pandora or Spotify or Rdio. I find Slacker to be superior to all of them, especially when you subscribe to premium. You can play specific songs, create playlists, and sync custom stations and playlists to your phone for offline listening. Not to mention unlimited skips for subscribers. The limited skips for Pandora and iTunes radio even if you subscribe or have iTunes Match is the deal breaker for me. I'll let my Pandora subscription go for iTunes Radio, but until they are as feature rich as Slacker it will stay my internet radio service of choice. I've also tried Spotify's subscription service and it has many of the same features of Slacker, but I find Slacker much more user friendly.
Also, I don't like that you have to have iTunes Match turned on on your phone to get rid of the ads. Turning on iTunes Match disables music sync to the device. I like having my library synced for offline listening. iTunes Radio should be able to check your Apple ID to see if you have iTunes Match without needing it turned on on your device.
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10-16-2013, 04:27 PM #6
One thing and one thing only that makes iTunes Radio absolutely unlistenable. EDITED MUSIC. Are they serious? If I could smack the piss out of whoever's idea this was, I would leave them a hand print they would never forget.
10-16-2013, 04:30 PM #7
Pandora skip hack is a must if ur jail broken and using pandora then u don't get the ads. I like iTunes Radio it's nice but I have used pandora for years so it pretty much has my likes down pack. Although I do use both on my iphone 5S. If iTunes Radio starts playing songs I don't want to hear and am out of skips I switch to pandora and play the specific band station I have on both and listen to different songs and vice versa
10-16-2013, 04:36 PM #8
iTunes Radio doesn't work well for me, half the time it won't let me make new stations. Pandora just needs a new facelift.
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10-16-2013, 07:49 PM #12
I love iTunes Radio, ads aren't so intrusive, they play what I like to here and I find the slider for popular to discovery mode a very cool feature
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10-17-2013, 05:49 AM #15
I like itunes radio but Pandora offers so much more. ie Lyrics! artist info etc. BUT the ads on Pandora are too intrusive...
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