So today while at work Pandora crapped out on my phone. When I say crapped out, it refused to play any station. When I restarted the app it looked like it puked all over itself.
For me, music is life while at work. It drowns out the outside noise and prevents unnecessary interruption. I was now in a tail spin and trying to recover. Then I remembered Slacker Radio. It was already installed on my phone so I decided to give it a shot.
Dear lord I should have switched over sooner. The Android app for Pandora was lacking. I couldn’t easily alter stations and add extra artists manually. I couldn’t easily block a whole artist or say ignore this for a month. Well Slacker has all that in their app and I’m much more impressed by their selection algorithm.
After doing a quick initial artist selection I’ve only had to thumbs down a few times. Even more awesome is I can create sister stations that will bring in new artists more regularly as well as less well known music. That way depending on my mood I can lock it to the stuff I know I’ll want to hear, or I can switch into adventure mode and find something new. Not to mention when seeding a station you can easily grab all similar artists as it lists them.
So yeah, that little glitch that Pandora had today at least for me was actually a good thing.