With the recent announcement of the YouTube Music app, other music streaming services would have to pay attention, given the marketing power of Google. One thing that its strongest competitor, Spotify, has that the new kid on the block doesn’t have yet is a family plan. And now another player in the market, Pandora, has just announced that they too now have a plan for those who want to share just one plan but multiple accounts under it. If you’re still on the lookout for a music subscription or if you’re not happy with your current one, here are some of the reasons why you should consider Pandora Family.
Pay just $2.50/month for 6 members.
The advantage of having a Family plan is that you get six accounts cheaper than getting them individually. Just like Spotify, you pay just $14.99/month for Pandora and you’ll be able to give six people access to the account. Each member can create their own preferences, radio stations, likes/dislikes, etc. So this removes the worry that you will be listening to your mom’s or dad’s or kids’ music since each member basically has their own account. However if you want to share music…
“Our Soundtrack” brings together all your musical tastes.
You probably don’t hate everything that your other family members listen to. If you want to combine the different musical tastes that each one has, from classical to jazz to rock to pop, you will have access to the “Our Soundtrack” playlist that is created just for your family plan members. It is regularly updated to reflect your dynamic and sometimes changing musical tastes.
You get all the Pandora Premium features.
While Pandora still has their free service, the moment you subscribe to a premium plan, you get a much better experience of course. You can listen to what you want when you want it or simply put, on demand access to your favorite artists and albums. You can create radio stations and customize your playlists, download the songs for listening offline, skip as many songs as you want and play them again as many times you want. The quality of the songs is also higher and more importantly, you don’t have ads.
You get Pandora’s Music Genome Project algorithm and Auto Play
Pandora’s features are basically the same as other music streaming services but they do claim to have an edge over the others in terms of accuracy in suggesting songs you might like. They established the Music Genome Project which they consider the “taxonomy of music information” upon which their algorithm is built on. They also have Auto Play which lets you play music even after your playlist or album has already ran out.
Existing Pandora subscribers can easily switch
If you’ve been convinced for some time now that Pandora is the streaming service for you and you already are a premium subscriber, then you will be able to easily switch to the family plan if you want to spread the love. You can easily add those you want to become members of your plan by sending them them an invitation link. However, if you subscribed through iTunes, Google Play, Roku, or Amazon Appstore, you will have to cancel your current subscription. When you start hearing ads in the free account, you can then sign up for the Pandora Family Premium.