Compare Pandora Music with Our Music Download Store:

Let’s check out the features and benefits of Pandora music and measure it up with our music download program, Audials. Pandora radio is one of the most popular online radio service in the United States. They have a well designed music discovery software and provide access to even some of the unreleased music tracks.

Pandora Music Radio at a Glance:

Pandora is a music streaming and music recommendation site, available in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Based on genre of a user’s selection of songs, Pandora plays a collection of songs. In turn, the user provides a feedback on the songs played by Pandora which serves as a base for it while making similar selection in future.

Pandora offers the users a chance to buy songs or an album from online retailers. It has a catalog of 1.5 million songs which is available via ad supported free subscription or ads free paid subscription.

Features of Pandora Online Radio Music:

  • With Pandora, listeners can tune into other users' stations, pre-made genre stations or create their own stations depending on their musical interests.
  • Pandora provides special menu with following choices like: I'm tired of this song (remove a song from the station temporarily); why was this song selected? (To know about the composition of song); Move song to another station; New Station; and Bookmark.
  • Lyrics playing option is available for most of the albums and songs.
  • Pandora supports iOS, Android, Blackberry devices and provides client for some Windows Mobile handsets.
  • Pandora Podcast in few weeks on a specific music topic, and featured guest musicians.
  • Pandora supports home devices like Roku, WD TV, Xbox One , Google TV, Blu-ray players and many HDTVs.
  • Audio quality offered by Pandora is 64kbps AAC+ for free listeners and 192kbps for Pandora One subscribers.

Benefits with Pandora Music Radio:

  • Pandora has a decent music discovery and song recommendation software inbuilt.
  • You can play the lyrics for most of the albums and songs. This feature is not available for most of the other online radio services.
  • Pandora offers access to even some unreleased tracks.
  • Pandora allots paid subscribers a thirty combined skips per 24-hours next to the six skips per hour for each station.
  • Pandora offers some social networking features like sharing tracks, liking an artist or commenting on some radio stations.
  • Pandora supports playing in some vehicles, like cars made by Ford, BMW, GMC, Buick, Honda, Lexus, Hyundai, Lincoln, Nissan, Toyota, Mazda, MINI, Mercedes-Benz and Scion.

Limitations of Pandora Online Radio Music:

  • Pandora music service is only available for free in the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Pandora is available only for music and does not offer streaming or downloading of movies, TV shows and games etc.
  • The audio quality of tracks is low in the ad supported free version.
  • No on-demand streaming music, only radio music plays based on your previous song selections.
  • The mini player has the limitations of not able to move songs to another station, unable to seed songs/artists and allotment of only 6 skips per hour per station.


Pandora allows users unlimited access to its music library for free as well as ads free service at a monthly subscription of $4.99 or you may go for $54.89 per year.

Compare Pandora Music with Audials:

  • Audials has around 10 million music files, whereas Pandora music has only 1.5 million tracks
  • Audials offers access to songs, videos, movies, TV shows and games, whereas, Pandora offers access to songs only.
  • All music tracks are free to download in Audials, whereas, Pandora is either free or at a monthly subscription of $4.99 for availing ads free streaming service.
  • Audials is accessible from everywhere all over the world whereas Pandora is available only in the US, Australia and New Zealand.

Service No. MP3 Tracks Subscription Price Price/Track Movies/TV/Radio/Games Audio quality Regional availability
Audials 10 Million Free Free Yes 320 kbps Everywhere
Pandora 1.5 Million $4.99/Month Only streaming No 192 kbps USA/Australia/New Zealand