Get the Music You Want: 4 Top Music Streaming Services
If you love music, then you probably want to take it everywhere you go. From your morning commute to an afternoon walk through the park, there are several options available for a variety of streaming and radio services.
Spotify users can search for artists, albums, and other users’ playlists, while also saving albums to their own collection for easy access. The “discover” feature allows users to find new artists that are similar to the music they already listen to, and the “browse” feature offers popular playlists for working out, parties, road trips, studying, and so much more. Among the most popular features are creating and sending playlists to others. Free accounts offer limited advertisements and access to millions of songs on tablets, computers, or mobile devices. Premium Spotify accounts cost around $9.99 a month and allow a completely advertisement-free experience for music lovers.
2. Pandora Radio
Pandora Radio is an online, streaming radio service for use on tablets, computers, or mobile devices. Pandora creates radio stations comprised of music from artists with similar musical styles. If users type in “Otis Redding,” for example, Pandora generates a station filled with Otis Redding songs along with artists in the same genre with similar offerings. Users can “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” each song on the playlist to help the radio adapt to their taste. A great feature is the ability to add more than one artists to one station for diversity. Listeners also share radio stations with other users on Pandora or find others with similar tastes to see what they’re listening to. A basic Pandora account is free and includes radio ads; for $4.99 a month users can upgrade and listen to music ad-free, anytime, anywhere.
Grooveshark is another popular streaming service offering users the ability to create their own playlists, add to a playing queue, and save the evolving playlist. Users can search others’ playlists, listen to podcasts, search by genre, or listen to the latest popular tracks. Less known, Grooveshark offers access to millions of songs and the queue function is a major bonus. Subscribers enjoy the ability to build their playlist over time and make adjustments to the songs in their queue to suit their mood at any given time. Lastly, Grooveshark differentiates itself from other listening services by allowing users to upload their own music. A VIP account costs $9 with unlimited, ad-free access, a free app download, customizable site skins, and extra download space.
4. Sirius XM Radio
Sirius XM Radio can be a pricier radio option but it comes with a lot of perks to offset the cost. Subscribers can choose from a variety of packages to suit their needs. For the Mostly Music XM account, users pay approximately $9.99 a month for over 80 music channels, and premium radio channels. For the All Access account, $18.99 gets users over 150 channels, as well as every NFL, NHL, NBA, PGA Tour Coverage, and NASCAR game.
Listen With the Right Devices
Regardless of the service you choose, make sure you have the right headphones. Beats by Dr. Dre come in a variety of styles, are high quality and deliver crystal-clear audio. They are compatible with any device and streaming service and enable music lovers to take their favorite tunes everywhere they go.