Stereomood: The New Pandora?
You’ve listened to your iTunes library for days on end and your library (exceeding 3,000 songs) seems endless. Of course you use ‘shuffle’ to provide mixing assistance and dig up those tracks you always forget about, but love. Yet somehow, you feel like you’re listening to the same songs over and over again. What do you do now?
Luckily, Pandora and Stereomood can solve this common yet troubling problem. Pandora is considered the original creator of free online listening for music lovers who just can’t get enough and are always needing new music. People rave about Pandora and it has received a lot of attention nationwide. You simply choose a genre of music you like and Pandora creates playlists of artists within that genre. You will hear music you love, music you hate and music you’ve never heard, but is competition on the horizon?
Stereomood.com has recently surfaced and is growing exponentially. Stereomood is the same idea with a few, but drastic differences; a more emotional approach to listening to music. Stereomood creates a playlist based upon the mood you are in. With over 50 moods to choose from, you can most certainly find one that’s fitting. So, which one is right for you? Pandora or Stereomood? Lets explore the pros and cons between them.
1. Skipping a Song: A luxury available at Stereomood, but not at Pandora. This might bother some but not others. At Pandora, a song might play which you hate and is not what you want to listen to and you are ultimately stuck with it. At Stereomood, you can simply skip forward to the next song. However, in this way, Pandora forces you to listen to music you might like if you listen to the whole song.
2. Mobile App: With Pandora’s popularity and enormous success, mobile applications have been made to access this website right through your iPhone or Blackberry. Forgot your iPod on the way to the gym or a long car ride? No worries, Pandora can provide you with music right from your phone. With Stereomood’s new appearance, a mobile app has yet to be made. However, with time and recognition, this will more than likely be cured.
3. The Playlist: Pandora seems to have mastered the art of specifically categorized music. Pandora’s playlists are endless with artists of all shapes and sizes. At Stereomood, many have complained that the music within the emotionally fused playlist, didn’t appropriately fit their mood that they had selected. (This, of course, is debatable.)
So the choice is yours. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but they are unique in their own ways. Finding new music is always exciting and rewarding. Commonly, we get trapped within the same music we always listen to and rarely test new waters. So when your iTunes Shuffle fails you, try both Pandora and Stereomood out for a change of pace.