I’m a long time Pandora listener, but I recently became aware of Raditaz, a competing roll-your-own online radio station, which offers 14,000,000 tracks compared with Pandora’s 900,000 along with a few other bells and whistles.
In an attempt to compare the two services and see which serves up music most closely aligned with my tastes, I created the same custom station on each site and noted the first 11 tracks that were played.
I wanted to create a station based on a single track, which is how I prefer to create stations on Pandora. However, Raditaz only allows you to create stations based on artists, so I created a U2 station on each service.
Here are the results (note: I did not skip, like or dislike any tracks):
|1||U2 – Where The Streets Have No Name||U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday|
|2||The Cure – Just Like Heaven||Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World|
|3||Coldplay – Viva la Vida||U2 – Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of|
|4||The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic||Queen – Under Pressure|
|5||U2 – Pride (In The Name Of Love)||U2 – Pride (In The Name Of Love)|
|6||Pearl Jam – Black||U2 – How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb|
|7||Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes||The Beatles Revival Band – If I fell|
|8||The Cure – Love Song||Sixpence None The Richer – Kiss Me|
|9||Coldplay – Clocks (Live)||U2 – Vertigo|
|10||U2 – Running To Stand Still||The Cars – Drive|
|11||The Police – Wrapped Around Your Finger||Simon & Garfunkel – The Sound of Silence|
In terms of the number of plays of the artist on which the station is based, Raditaz wins by 5:3. However, they did include a couple of bizarre choices in The Beatles Revival Band (?) and Simon & Garfunkel. Where did those come from?
Interestingly, both services played U2’s Pride as the fifth song — some kind of coincidence, I imagine.
Overall, other than the fact that Raditaz played more U2 songs, I preferred the song selection from Pandora, as the other artists played were more similar to U2 in my opinion.
Agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments.