Why Your Music Streaming Apps Aren’t So Great Yet

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The problem is that Spotify, Pandora, and others don’t recognize “that we just don’t live in the future they imagine,” as [David Pierce, WIRED] puts it. Prevalent problems include gaps in data coverage, small data caps with expensive overage charges, and smartphone batteries that can’t handle a day or even several hours of LTE music streaming. While it isn’t streaming service operators’ fault that Apple hasn’t improved the battery life of its iPhone or that your carrier’s coverage isn’t so great at your vacation spot, they are responsible for ignoring an easy solution to the problem: make it easier to listen to music offline. – Jess Bolluyt, The Cheat Sheet