My understanding is that you get higher quality audio with a paid subscription 
as well. I think they offer a trial if you wish to sample what they consider 
"high quality". 

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From: viphone@googlegroups.com [mailto:viphone@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Evan Reese
Sent: Monday, February 19, 2018 9:23 AM
To: viphone@googlegroups.com
Subject: Re: Is Anyone Using the Free Version of either Pandora or Google Play 
Music for iOS?

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

-----Original Message-----
From: Cristóbal
Sent: Sunday, February 18, 2018 11:51 PM
To: viphone@googlegroups.com
Subject: RE: Is Anyone Using the Free Version of either Pandora or Google Play 
Music for iOS?

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
To: viphone@googlegroups.com
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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