Forgive me for my bold opinion, but Pandora sucks. True, it’s good for music that kinda sorta mostly fits within a specific genre (but you never know for sure what’s going to play next and whether or not it matches what just played).
My work gives me plenty of opportunity to listen to Pandora or any number of a internet radio stations via iTunes. The problem is that some of what I want to listen to isn’t online when I’m able to listen so I’ve taken to trying out internet radio station apps that let me record stations and play the recordings back when I’m available to listen.
One that caught my eye recently does a good job of recording internet radio, which is perfect for timeshift hounds like me. It’s called SonicWeb, it doesn’t cost much more than coffee, and other than the perplexing dark interface, seems to work well. It even supports AirPlay, and the list of features is extensive.
SonicWeb just looks brutal to use.
It’s loaded with the usual internet radio station tools– thousands of stations, record whichever stations you want, whenever they’re online. SonicWeb grabs the audio, and drops the station program into a playlist.
Pin songs as favorites in your playlist, or create new playlists. SonicWeb keeps tracks gapless so the music or station is always playing, and it’s smart enough to adjust the volume to keep loud songs from blaring or weak audio tracks from disappearing into the white noise around you.
The audio transport controls are basic, but tend to blend into the background. I just downloaded the SonicWeb version for my iPhone and that interface is more comfortable and familiar, though it’s still black.