The Internet has evolved the way we get our news, watch movies, and pay our bills. It’s no wonder, then, that it has also changed the way we listen to music. Today, the web is home to quite a few top music-streaming services – online services that permit users to listen to their favorite music on their laptops, desktops, and mobile devices.
So we thought we would share with you some information about several of the more common streaming services:
Pandora: Pandora has been around awhile, and it is very popular. It’s easy to see why: it’s easy. After navigating to the website, enter the name of a song or artist you want and Pandora will create a radio station determined by that information. It chooses songs by artists with a similar sound. As you tune in to your station you can select the thumbs up or thumbs down symbol on the songs and Pandora will customize your station based on this new information. Moreover, you can “seed” you station with different artists to further customize it. You can listen to Pandora without setting up an account but in order to save your stations, you need to create an account.
Grooveshark: Grooveshark is a lot like Pandora. But you can also build your own playlists manually, all without creating an account. However, those who want to save their play lists will have to sign up for a free account. Like Pandora, Grooveshark also provides recommendations for songs that you might like based upon your past musical selections. Grooveshark also has an intriguing feature: You can help build the service’s database of music by adding your own favorite songs and artists if you don’t find them in Grooveshark’s existing collection.
Rhapsody: Rhapsody’s appeal is based on its huge database of music: more the 14 million songs. Sadly, this service is not free, it is $10 a month for unlimited music.
Spotify: Spotify is a Swedish music-streaming service which was launched in 2008. It has quickly grown to one of the most well-known and widely used services out there. People like the versatility of Spotify. When you search for an artist, you can listen to a complete album or choose to use the radio function and Spotify will find similar artists for you to enjoy. Another advantage of Spotify is that you can create your own playlists and share them with other users if you so choose.