The Best Music Streaming Services
Music streaming services are everywhereon your phone, the Internet, and even, occasionally on your television. They go by a variety of names, some of which make sense (like iHeartRadio) and some of which not so much (can you say Jango?). But all of these services provide pretty much the same product: a limited commercial radio service or an on-demand music channel of your very own. So, which are the best Internet music streaming services? Here are the top five:
5. Slacker Radio
With its sleek design and easy sharing capabilities, Slacker Radio is one of the best Internet radio stations available. One of the more interesting features Slacker Radio provides is the ability to fine tune your station. Through Slacker, you can sort your stations based on:
- Related artists
- Favorite songs
- Popular songs
- Newer or older songs
A downside to Slacker Radio is that a lot of things require premium membership. While other Internet based radio stations might allow you to, for example, create playlists for free, Slacker Radio charges you money for this feature. You also need a premium membership to skip more than six songs and have the ability to fine tune your songs completely.
As the owner of a plethora of radio stations across the country, iHeartRadio definitely makes the list with its huge database. Here, you can not only listen to your favorite radio stations no matter if youre in the city or not; you can also create your own stations to listen to the music you like the most and listen to playlists based on your mood.
Though this system is relatively easy to useyou choose a song that you like and it creates a radio station for youit does not allow you to listen to the song you selected, which is a bit frustrating. The push to buy is also an annoyance, especially because the buy song button is, not coincidentally, very close to the thumbs up button.
Two words: unlimited skips. Unlike many online radio stations, Jango offers unlimited skips and only plays one audio or video ad per day. It is also free, which is another plus. New artists can also try to hit it big with Jango by paying for a subscription which will guarantee air time to Jangos users.
But there are a few problems with this streaming service: the related artist selection leaves something to be desired, artist promotion ads are slightly intrusive, and because Jango runs on your Internet browser,youre likely to have your music pause or skip more than a few times if your connection is slow.
A refreshing mix of social media and music, Grooveshark is a simple and easy way to listen to your favorite music. One of the best things about this site is that it does not require a subscription or signing in through your Google, Facebook, or other accounts. You can create your own playlist by clicking the play button and adding it to your queue at the bottom of the screen or you can play a whole playlist that someone has already created.
The only issue I saw with this service was the repeated error messages I received from it. Often times, whole groups of songs were skipped over on my playlist because of an error. But, as soon as those bugs are fixed, Grooveshark is bound to be a favorite among music lovers.
Hands down the best music streaming service for the Internet is Spotify. This heavy hitter allows you to play individual songs, whole albums, discographies, playlists, or radios. By hooking up your Spotify to your Facebook, you can update your friends on what youre listening to and see what they are listening to as well. Spotify also has a very refined suggestion list, which, unlike its competitors, usually recommends songs that youll like. On top of all this, the sound quality for these songs is top notch, no matter how you choose to listen. The only downside to Spotify is the frequent ads. If you choose to use Spotifys free application, the ads usually occur every five to 10 songs.