The Best Online Music-Streaming Services

May 18th, 2012

Thanks to the Internet, most people pay their bills, seek out entertainment, and get their news on-line. So it is not surprising that music streaming is as popular as it is. Many people stream their music and there are many music-streaming services to choose from. This is very advantageous as people always have access to their music, as long as they have access to the Internet.

If you are curious as to the differences in these services, we have highlighted a number below.

Pandora: Pandora is very popular because of its simple interface. After navigating to the website, you are able to input a song or artist you wish to hear and Pandora will create a “radio” station based upon that information. This is a wonderful way to learn about new artists with similar sounds. The stations that Pandora creates are easily personalized as well. If Pandora chooses an artist that you don’t like, you can select the thumbs down symbol on the song. Pandora provides further customization by allowing you to “seed” your station with various artists. While you can tune in to Pandora without creating an account, it is crucial if you want to save your personalized stations.

Grooveshark: Grooveshark is a lot like Pandora. But you can also create your own playlists manually, all without creating an account. However, those that want to save their play lists will have to sign up for a free account. Like Pandora, Grooveshark also provides suggestions for songs that you might like determined by your past musical selections. Grooveshark also has an interesting feature: You can improve the service’s database of music by adding your own favorite songs and artists if you don’t find them in Grooveshark’s current collection.

Rhapsody: Rhapsody has remained fairly popular because of its huge database of music. It has more then 14 million songs. Unfortunately, while many of the services we have mentioned offer a free version, Rhapsody does not. It is $10 a month for unlimited music.

Spotify: Spotify was introduced in 2008, and since then it has grown into one of the most widely known and used music-streaming services. Spotify is very simple to use and, like Grooveshark, users can listen to entire albums or choose to use the radio function.  One thing that people love about Spotify is its integration with Facebook. By using the Spotify app, it keeps a running list of the songs you have heard on Facebook. Furthermore, users can see what their Facebook friends are presently listening to on a real-time feed. This is great for individuals who are in search of new music if one of their friends has similar tastes.

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