Well, as I said, I wouldn't mind the ads so much, but the sound quality on the app I installed was noticeably lower than that of Tune-In. Perhaps I am spoiled because I have Hope for Pandora on my laptop, and the sound quality of that is very good. The difference between the sound quality of my Hope for Pandora and the Pandora app I installed was very noticeable.
Evan

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In order to get rid of the adds, you have to subscribe to a plan. For free, I can live with a 30 secodn add every now and then. Same goes for sound quality. I'm not enough of an audiophile to fuss over quality since I'm usually only running Pandora when working out or as background music while doing something else anyway. As far as the app itself, it's VoiceOver accessible and you can create stations with either a genre, artist and I'm assuming song (I've only done the first two). Today in fact, I created a station with the German band Rammstein. Don't use Spotify, so can't say either way on that.
-----Original Message-----
From: viphone@googlegroups.com [mailto:viphone@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Evan Reese
Sent: Sunday, February 18, 2018 6:46 PM
To: viphone@googlegroups.com
Subject: Re: Is Anyone Using the Free Version of either Pandora or Google Play Music for iOS?

Mark,
I can't answer your question about Pandora for iOS because I got the app for my iPad Mini and deleted it shortly thereafter. The sound quality was degraded, and I had to listen to advertising. I would have been willing to put up with one or the other, (although I would have prefered good sound quality and having to listen to ads rather than the other way around), but I felt it was just too much to put up with both poor sound quality and ads on top of that.
Evan

-----Original Message-----
From: M. Taylor
Sent: Sunday, February 18, 2018 9:36 PM
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Subject: Is Anyone Using the Free Version of either Pandora or Google Play Music for iOS?

Hello Everyone,

Okay, I know I said that I had no plans to subscribe to Apple Music, anytime soon but, well, let's just say I'm reconsidering this position.

The primary reason why I didn't feel the need to subscribe to a music service is because, once upon a time, one could create custom radio stations based on artists, genres, a song title, etc, in iTunes. Apparently, Apple has now restricted this functionality to only Apple Music subscribers.
(smart).

Before I take the subscription plunge, I would like to consider free alternatives if for no other reason but that I know that I will use the custom selection feature rarely.

So, is anyone using either the free version of either Pandora or Google Play Music for iOS? If so, is it possible to create custom stations based on selected criteria?

I'm probably going to end up subscribing to Apple Music but wanted to at least put this question out there, in the Ether (smile).

All replies greatly appreciated.

By the way, I'm still loving my HomePod.

Went over to a friend's house today to check out the Amazon Echo. Wow! I was extremely impressed.

I think I'm going to pick up an Echo Dot and use it at least until my beloved Siri can catch up, as I truly think she will, in time-a very, very long, long time perhaps, (big smile). Really enjoyed the audio games that Echo offers.

The way I see it, I will use HomePod for audio playback and personal contact features, as they become available, and Echo Dot for fun.

Mark


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