Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Pandora - choice not herd mentality
Recently I purchased a new vehicle and it came with Sirius XM Radio, something I've never had before, of course it was only for a three month trial period. I have another two months left before my 'free three months expires," and I have to admit that sometimes it's rather nice. I get to listen to the music I prefer (alternative) without a lot of normal FM radio patter, and, of course, there are no annoying commercials. The Sirius DJ's do pop in every other song to provide little, newsy tidbits and, now and then, to ask you to follow them on Twitter. But then I looked at the cost per year and took a step back, not that it's exorbitant, but I did ask myself was it worth it just for the Alternative station? Last week I received a letter from Sirius encouraging me to subscribe and one of the first things to come out of the envelope reminded me that with Sirius XM I could listen to Howard Stern. They must think I'm part of that herd mentality who feels it necessary to listen to Mr. Stern on a daily basis. I'm not. When people gather around the water cooler and begin discussing Howard's latest comments or antics I don't knot my hands and gnash my teeth as a horrendous, little voice wails in my head. I have more important things in my life. I don't need to be one of the people who tell other people how funny Howard Stern was that morning on their drive into work. I would rather spend the drive listening to Alternative music. In fact, I don't need DJ's interrupting every other song. And then someone at work mentioned Pandora.
Not only is my car equipped with Sirius XM, it is also equipped to play Pandora. It's a lot less expensive then Sirius. I've been comparing the two over the past three weeks and, honestly, there really is no difference. So far I have not heard one DJ on Pandora. I do get much more information about the song which is playing: lyrics, should I want to see them, background info on the band, the album or EP on which the song was recorded. Actually, I get much more info then the DJ's on Sirius patter about. In case you haven't guessed, I'm going with Pandora and avoiding the herd mentality.