In a time when music is a huge part of many people’s lives, it is important to have access to free music streaming services. There are many services available for you to choose from, each with it’s own advantages.
Although Apple’s iTunes Radio now costs $9.99 per month, there are still many apps available that offer free music. iHeartRadio provides thousands of radio stations from across the country that you can choose from to listen to. You can also create your own stations based on your likes, featuring similar music or artists. The service contains more than 20 millions songs with no paid subscriptions.
Pandora has the ability to provide you with music that suits your tastes based on it’s Music Genome Project. By putting in the name of a song, artist or genre, the app searches it’s inventory of over 1 million songs to find music that is similar to those keywords. Results contain new and old music, along with well-known and obscure songs.
The app also provides a subscription for $4.99 which offers ad free interruptions, higher quality radio and more skips. A free one week subscription is also available, as well as a yearly subscription for $54.99.
Along with providing access to songs and stations, Slacker Radio also offers news, sports and talk stations for users. Users can create their own stations from Slacker’s music choice and also suggests stations based on the user’s choice of song, artist or activity that is put into the app. Slacker Radio contains 13 million songs and offers paid subscriptions with similar features to those of Pandora.
SoundCloud allows users to listen to others’ music and also upload their own music to be shared. The app’s catalog size is more than 100 million songs and is free for listeners. There are also two paid options and one free option for those who wish to upload their own music.
With Spotify, users can search for music based on artist, album and even mood that you input in order to personalize your listening. The app has more than 30 million songs in its catalog with paid subscriptions, a free-trial and discounts for students and families.
More and more people are ditching CD’s and purchasing music from services such as iTunes and moving toward free streaming services. Visit Money Talks News for more information on possible subscriptions and to decide which service is best for you.