Upon my recent review of Pandora and my excitement to share it with the masses I have discovered that has become first of all limited in its availability worldwide, and second, the artist profile that one creates barely plays the artist’s songs. Sorry Pandora, but I’m not impressed any longer. My “Zappa station” now plays ONE Zappa song per 10 songs and often, the same song? Lame.
I was introduced to an alternate online music source called LaLa and I have to say that I am rather impressed with the variety of artists available and also the amount of control the user has over listening to what you want (and all songs in their entirety!). Please check this online source out and ditch Pandora since they are clearly a “bait and switch” site. When they first introduced Pandora it was much cooler, not anymore.
I’m impressed how much Iron and Wine, Nick Drake, and Elliot Smith they have, you can buy whatever you like at any time, but you can also create personal playlists to play, nice. Ok, so here’s the catch- you can only listen to one song in its entirety once then you have to purchase it. So, yeah, it’s free…but then it’s not, but the songs appear to be cheaper (.79 cents vs. .99 cents or more depending) to purchase than iTunes and the variety is pretty good.
When you initially visit the site they give you 25 credits towards web songs you can add to a LaLa player which is free. Each song is one credit and you can build a 25 song playlist after setting up a free account. A cool thing is that you can listen to as many songs as you would like in their entirety prior to adding them to your playlist. So, if you customize a playlist of things you might listen to all the time you might find the value in it.
Granted, Pandora is absolutely free but it has very serious limitations and becomes horribly redundant in its variety.
Check out LaLa by clicking here and tell us what you experience. Worldwide readers, please let us know if you can access this player as well.