We live in a truly incredible time: music is more available than ever, everybody has access to it, and everybody enjoys it. Since music streaming came out, there's been so much music around that people are just confused with its quantity. There've been two major issues ever since: How to pick what to listen to? What about the quality?
To solve the first one, people created playlists, online radios and personal recommendations, but they will never replace the intimacy of person-to-person interaction that we had every time we went to a record store. But again, the sound quality has been put on hold, and we must take some serious actions in this regard.
Streaming bosses are currently Apple Music, Google Play Music, and Spotify, but it doesn't mean no other player can enter the market. So let's review two other services - Pandora vs VOX Music Player - and compare them according to some criteria.
Pandora is a streaming and recommendation service that works primarily as a personalized playlist generator. They call it 'radio' but de-facto it's a playlist service that automatically refreshes and adds new music to your playlist. When you first log in, you are asked to enter an artist, album, or song you like, and Pandora will instantly create a neverending playlist based on your initial choice. However, its functionality doesn't narrow down to radio only. Let's take a closer look at Pandora Radio and what it has to offer.
Lots of stations
There are over 20 radio stations, including Top, Blues, Comedy and some others, which you can search by artist, track and composer, or choose from the Genre Stations.
Although there are no lyrics for all the songs, it is cool to see the lyrics for most of those songs with full-length tracks.
See for yourself:
Available on various platforms
Besides browsers, Pandora is available for iOS, macOS, PC, Android, TVs, and cars.
Local Concert Dates
Pandora can update you as to when your favorite artist is coming to town, which is also available for the free version
Their "Free" plan is Ad supported so if you're OK with listening to an Ad every few songs, then this is a no-brainer. You'll also still get access to the hundreds of stations they offer all for free.
Unfortunately, Pandora is available only in the USA. So its either you're in America, or you use VPN. It used to be available in Australia and New Zealand, but in July they announced that the access to the service will cease.
VOX Music Player
VOX Music Player is an audio player for Mac & iPhone
that stores and plays all your music regardless of the files' format or size. Although I spoke about a streaming service before, I'm aiming to make a point why a Hi-Res audio player
is better than any streaming service. VOX is also somehow a streaming player, with the only difference that you can listen only to tracks you upload.
How is VOX different from other music apps?
A game-changing feature of VOX is VOX Cloud Storage - an unlimited music storage. Unlimited means you can upload there as many tracks as you want. The more, the better. What makes it special is that VOC Cloud has no restrictions on audio formats. Pandora streams at 64-192 kbps, which is, as I believe, unacceptable. VOX Cloud Storage is a great way to listen to Hi-Res music on iPhone. The most popular supported audio formats are:
- WMA lossless
- WMA lossy and others
Read Lossy vs. Lossless
VOX Cloud Storage: You upload FLAC 4096 kbps/96kHZ - you listen to it.
Start your VOX Experience
Download VOX Music Player, subscribe for VOX Premium and then upload your all the music you have into VOX Cloud Storage. After that, you can enjoy all your Hi-Res music library, anytime, anywhere. If you're bad at making playlists, you can sign into your SoundCloud account to stream from both sources of music.
Unlimited space for your music
This is the key VOX feature because in 2017 Hi-Res audio has finally become a favorite in the music industry. We now pay more attention to the sound quality and not the quantity, and it's amazing. With VOX Cloud Storage, you can access your music library anytime and not question yourself if there will be enough iPhone storage. I have a truly enormous Hi-Res collection and whenever I want to find new music I go to SoundCloud and then stream it with VOX. More on SoundCloud below.
No limits on audio formats
The complete list is too long to outline here, but the popular audio formats are mentioned above. The only thing I can add is that I honestly doubt you can find a format VOX can't play. Hail to the quality.
Synchronization across your Apple devices
A truly remarkable feature. As you upload some music to VOX Cloud Storage, it becomes available on all your devices connected to your VOX account. That's how you listen to Hi-Res audio files on iPhone. Your iPhone will never produce such pure sound with any streaming service.
SoundCloud, Last.fm, and Spotify integration
This one is a vital feature. Why? Because no matter how immense your music collection is, you always want to discover new artists and genres. For that reason, VOX Music Player integrates with SoundCloud and Spotify so that you have access to their libraries. You can add any song or album from these streamings to your collection to create exclusive playlists. Also, you might want to sign in to Last.fm to keep your listening stats up-to-date.
VOX works via the Internet data (3G, 4G, LTE) or Wi-Fi. But if you know you won't be having any connection, you can download songs or albums in advance to listen to them offline. The sound quality will remain the same, but remember that Hi-Res files take up much of iPhone's storage.
VOX Radio unlocks when you subscribe to a Premium tier. Unlike many streamings, VOX broadcasts real radio stations. The list includes over 30,000 radio stations from all over the world.
Unlike Pandora, VOX is available no matter where you are. It's a great solution, especially if you live outside the US.
Advanced Audio Settings (EQ & BS2B)
Both features aim to improve the overall sound. The Equalizer has over 20 presets for different genres, and BS2B makes the headphones sound as if it would be a studio environment.
If you're still hesitating, try using the free VOX tier and see for yourself. It has some limitations regarding features, though.
You've got to upload tracks yourself
I should mention that it really takes some time to find and upload music to VOX Cloud Storage, but even if you have a 3 TB collection, you can upload everything you've got within a few hours. I managed to upload 5 GB of FLAC files in 7 mins. You can check our 10 Best Sources to Download Lossless Music
I personally believe that the future of the music industry lies in high-quality music, and for this reason, I prefer VOX Music Player. The main reason is that I appreciate the sound quality a lot, and now that I've uploaded hundreds of Hi-Res albums and have a SoundCloud account to discover new music, VOX Music Player is a great music app for me. It combined the best audio quality and a huge SoundCloud collection. Perfect.
Enjoy the 'chills' with VOX