Tracking the Best Online Music-Streaming Services

Tracking the Best Online Music-Streaming Services

The Internet has changed the way we get our news, watch movies, and pay our bills. It’s little 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 allow users to listen to their favorite music on their laptops, desktops, and mobile devices.

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

Pandora: Pandora has been around awhile, and it is very widely used. It’s clear to see why: it is simple. After navigating to the website, enter the name of a song or artist you enjoy and Pandora will create a radio station determined by that information. It chooses songs by artists with a comparable 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 personalize it. You can listen to Pandora without setting up an account but in order to save your stations, you must create an account.

Grooveshark: Grooveshark is similar to Pandora in that it generates a “radio” station based on your musical tastes. However, you may also enjoy entire albums on Grooveshark and make playlists. One distinctive feature of Grooveshark is the power to upload your own music to the Grooveshark database if you can’t find what you are looking for. This is a smart and simple opportinity for Grooveshark to grow its library.

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

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