The music streaming scene is apparently ruled by several heavyweights. When people talk about music streaming services, names like Pandora and Spotify are usually the first ones that come up. However, these popular options are only a part of the picture. There are also other music streaming services that, although are not as widely known, also offer great features. Jango would be a very good example. Though it does not have as many users as Spotify, it is still loved by its loyal users.
So, why is Spotify very popular? Why do some people prefer Jango instead? Below, we are going to see the differences and comparisons between Jango and Spotify. If you are currently unable to choose between Jango and Spotify and now wondering how the two music streaming services compare against each other, you have come to the right place. Continue reading!
What is Jango?
Jango is a music streaming service that enables its users to create and share custom radio stations. The way to use it is very simple. You start by choosing an artist to stream. Jango will play one of the artist’s songs, and then choose songs from similar artists. You can then further refine the station by rating songs and artists so that they will be played either more or less frequently. In 2007, Jango became the first music streaming platform that introduced social networking aspects to radio stations, allowing its users to share radio stations and listen to other people’s radio stations.
Jango has a unique business model that is different from other music streaming services. For the users, it is completely free. Currently, Jango does not have any premium service available. Jango receives profit from advertising revenues and selling music. For a fee, Jango also gives indie artists the opportunity to showcase their music to more people by recommending their songs alongside similar popular artists.
What is Spotify?
Spotify is a freemium music, video, and podcast streaming service. It is currently one of the most popular streaming services in the world. By being a freemium service, Spotify provides free basic features with ads, but there are also paid subscriptions that offer additional features as well as ad removal.
Spotify provides DRM-protected content from record labels and media companies to the users. Unlike physical and download sales, which pay the artist with a fixed price per song or album, Spotify pays royalties based on the number of the artist’s streams in proportion with the total songs getting streamed. Spotify gives approximately 70% of its total revenue to right holders, who then pay their artists according to their individual agreements.
Jango vs. Spotify: Prices and Subscriptions
The best thing about Jango is that it is entirely free. You don’t need to pay anything, and you can skip songs as many times as you want. Thatis a great news for budget users. However, there is also a disadvantage with such free service, which is obviously ads. And, unlike other music streaming services that offer paid subscriptions to remove ads, there is no way to remove ads from Jango. Even so, Jango is a polite guy; unlike Spotify’s free version, Jango limits the ads to just one video and/or audio ad per day. This way, the ads are not really off-putting and the service stays convenient and enjoyable.
Spotify, on the other hand, provides three subscription tiers. The free tier allows you to listen to an unlimited number of songs every day, but you can only play the songs on random/shuffle and there is a limited number of skips. There are also ads every several songs. Sometimes, the ads are so often that they become extremely annoying. There are two paid subscription tiers; the lower one will remove all ads from the service, whereas the higher one will allow you to download your favorite songs for offline listening through the app.
Jango vs. Spotify: Music Collections
Between the two, Spotify is definitely the one with a larger collection. It provides access to more than 30 million songs. In addition, Spotify also has agreements with Universal Music Group and Merlin Network that allow artists to make their new album releases exclusively available only on Spotify’s premium service tier for up to two weeks. Eventually, these albums and songs will probably be available in other services too (except Led Zeppelin’s songs, which are now exclusive to Spotify), but if you are a person who doesn’t like missing the latest releases, this can be a particular consideration.There are various radio stations and playlists available, and you are given more freedom in choosing the songs. If you prefer the curated stations, these are available too.
Jango’s collection is indeed not as big as Spotify’s, but the music catalog is fairly robust nonetheless. Also, you can expect to find more indie artists here. Thus, Jango can be a great choice for finding new music, especially if you are bored with all the popular artists and want to find less-known artists.Of course, you can’t really select the songs, but you can give “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” to make particular songs or artists to play either more or less frequently.
Jango vs. Spotify: Client Apps
Jango is primarily access through its website. However, you can also download its mobile apps, which are available for iOS and Android. On the other hand, Spotify provides client apps for desktop and mobile platforms, including Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, and iOS.
|- Completely free||- Available in a free version and two subscription tiers|
|- Only gives one video and/or audio ad per day||- The free version has many ads that appear every several songs|
|- Plays in random/shuffle||- The subscriptions allow you to choose songs and even download for offline listening|
|- Somewhat smaller collection, with more indie artists||- Large collection, mostly popular artists|
|- Accessible through the website and the iOS and Android apps||- Apps available for Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, and iOS|
These two music streaming services attract different groups of users. Jango is generally preferred by budget users and those who don’t want to pay unnecessary fees. It is an entirely free service, and the ads are very tolerable. Compare it with Spotify’s ad-infested free version. You can even skip an unlimited number of songs on Jango. It is a great way to discover indie artists. However, if you don’t mind paying a subscription and you prefer to have the freedom to choose what song to play, Spotify would suit you better. There are indeed more features and options here.