I once had a banquet of streaming radio, now I have only crumbs.
June 8, 2010 11:54 AM Subscribe
What is at fault for Last.fm and Pandora's terrible reliability on my Android phone, and is there anything I can do about it?
posted by Vorteks to technology (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've had a Nexus One for about 2 months. One of the most exciting things things I discovered after getting it what that I could use it to listen to Last.fm and Pandora in my car. I used both services for about a month with very little problems. I would listen to it on the way home from work, and either program would play almost non-stop during the entire drive. When I did pass through a small area that I knew to be a dead spot, the radio would pause, but then when the connection got stronger or was reestablished, the radio would resume. It was great!
Fast forward to now. For the past... I dunno, 3 weeks?...reliability for both Pandora and Last.fm has been TERRIBLE. I've been doing the exact same thing I was before, along the same route, and most of the time the radio will stop before it even gets through an entire song. In the rare event that Last.fm does play an entire song, it never goes on to the next one. After stopping, each service will wait for about a minute before gives me it's own error message. Last.fm says "there was an error during playback, please try again later". Pandora says "unable to retrieve music from Pandora.com".
Just to see if it would make any difference, I tried to listen to last.fm on Android at my desk at work one day. The performance was pretty similar to what I experienced in the car. It did get through 2 songs once, but generally it would lose connection and die 75-100% of the through the first song.
FWIW, other network-intensive operations seem to work pretty well, including downloading MP3s, watching youtube, etc.
I know most of the time I'm streaming over a cell network in a moving vehicle and I shouldn't expect perfection, but it just puzzles me that it would work fine for a month and then stop. I also know a lot of things have/might have changed during the last 2 months. Last.fm and Pandora have both been updated several times. My Nexus One was updated from Android 2.1 to 2.2 (although I'm pretty sure the problem started before that), the weather's gotten warmer, T-Mobile might have changed something... who knows. I might be powerless here but just in case anybody had any ideas I thought I'd throw this out there.
Phone: Nexus One
OS: Android 2.2
Location: Farmington, MI, USA and surrounding area
Problem: Last.fm and Pandora don't work for more than a minute or so, especially in the car.
Any ideas? Thanks!