If you listen to music when you run, then I’m guessing you already have a Spotify account, and possibly, a Pandora account. Pandora is basically a highly curated radio station app designed to play similar songs to ones you choose. You can create as many stations as you like (i.e. New Hip Hop, Beyoncé, and Smashing Pumpkins). It’s kind of like a Spotify playlist except you don’t know what’s coming next. With the free version, you get to skip a few songs in case you don’t like what comes up next, and you have to listen to ads in between every few songs. I had the free version for years and year and finally upgraded to Pandora Plus (there is also Pandora Premium, and Pandora Premium Family), and let me tell you, I am so glad I finally did.
About Pandora Plus
The beauty of the Pandora Plus subscription is that there are no ads. On top of that, you can skip as many songs as you like, and you can replay a song on over and over again if you fall in love with it. You can listen to 4 stations offline, so when you’re stuck underground in the subway, or driving out in the middle of nowhere, you can still listen to awesome tunes.
How much does it cost and how do I get it?
Pandora Plus costs $4.99 per month, or $54.89 per year. It basically costs one cup of coffee in New York City.
You can download the app on your phone or get it here.
But is Pandora Plus really worth it?
That’s gonna be a hard yes, dawg. For the longest time, I figured the free version was good enough. But what I eventually discovered is that I wasn’t using it that much. The ads are not too long — about 15 seconds — but when you’re in the middle of a run, rocking out to great music, the best way to kill the vibe is to have an ad about diapers or food come up. I figured Spotify was better for running because I could just create my own playlists or find ready made ones. The thing is, curating a playlist takes time. And though it is super fun sometimes, it’s not always the most enjoyable thing. The Spotify playlists I discovered were all OK, but Pandora’s algorithm just knocks it out of the park.
Another perk about Pandora is that if you hit thumbs up to a song, you’re sure to hear it again. If you tap thumbs down, it will never ever play on that station again. With time, your stations become incredibly fine-tuned to your personal music taste. You listen to your favorite songs, but also discover new ones you love. If you want to discover new music but don’t necessarily have the time to do the research, Pandora Plus is for you.
Overall, if you’re an avid music listener and you use it to get inspired while running, I highly recommend investing the five bucks per month. And if worst comes to worst, you can cancel your subscription anytime.