Personalized Playlist vs Spotify/Pandora
Music is around us throughout the day and we fail acknowledge the music that we are exposed to everyday. It goes wherever we go. Let me give you a few examples of where music takes place throughout our day and we might not even notice it.
- Our alarms are set to our favorite ringtones.
- We recognize our favorite morning radio station ambient music on our way to work (For me it’s ESPN)
- We listen to music provided by our favorite restaurants when we go out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
- We pay closer attention to those commercials who have a catchy melody.
Have I made my point? Music is alive and lives alongside us every day some more than others but most often we aren’t in control of what music is played throughout our day. Unless of course you listen to Pandora, Spotify, or your favorite playlist every day while you work. And that’s the point I am trying to make. Music plays an important part of our daily lives so doesn’t it make sense that we should control what music we listen to especially when we work out?
Pandora lovers and Spotify users might disagree with me but neither of these services gives me the ability to fully control what song is going to be played next. I don’t have an idea of what song will be next on that particular station I have chosen to listen to or if the next song played is even a song I like. Personally, this is one of the many reasons why I think a personalized playlist that I create trumps any playlist created by a music playlist provider while I work out. Here are some other reasons why I believe this.
Reason #1: For starters you don’t have to be worried about commercials. Fine, if you are an individual who pays the monthly fees for either subscription service to have the commercials removed you make my second reason more powerful.
Reason #2: The problem with Pandora or Spotify is that you have to be either on Wi-Fi or be using your phone data to have access to these services. I’m pretty sure most folks don’t want to be using most of their monthly phone data simply by listening to music when they can avoid that through a personalized playlists.
Reason #3: A personalized playlist is like an ally going to war with you during a workout because it puts you in the right mood and you know it will be there. Your playlist is right beside you motivating and giving you the ammunition to take down your workout of course. Don’t believe Becca’s basics solidifies this point. Pandora and Spotify are like a flaky workout partner who might bail on you because during your workout you will get some random song that will ruin the moment while you workout.
Reason #4: It makes cardio days that much more exciting! How many people do you see that are on the treadmill for an extended time not on listening to music? The answer is not many because we feel like hamsters running in a circle. I can also bet that most people have their favorite songs ready to go to motivate them to do their cardio in the first place.
Reason #5: Our favorite jam of our favorite jams comes on at the perfect time. Unlike with Pandora or Spotify we might get that song once in a blue moon. With our personalized playlists we are one click away from listening to that song. I know you know what I’m talking about because it’s that song that kicks in your second gear and pushes you to the finish line.
Reason#6: There are far more reasons as to why a personalized playlist is better than using Pandora or Spotify and these are some of my biggest reasons when I tried to use Pandora and Spotify while working out.
So what do you think? Are you in favor of a personalized playlist or do you prefer to use Pandora or Spotify while you workout? Leave your comment below.