Gone are the days where you would have had to buy a CD to listen to music, forget about the good old days of cassettes and record players. Those days are long gone. With the turn of the century and the advent of the internet, listening to music never was easier. You don’t necessarily have to invest in an expensive music system, even though that is a great product to own.
Now, you can just browse on the internet for various websites to listen to music. Many times, you won’t even have to pay a cent! You can have access to the latest hits on the charts and watch the various music videos as you see the musicians do their thing. YouTube may be the biggest giant on the video streaming market – but there are other websites that cater directly for music streaming. Here is a list of the best music streaming websites today:
- Spotify: This is one of the world’s best known music services with a catalogue of over 20 million tracks! If that’s not enough for you, you can also create your own playlists that you can come back to. You can even listen to your friends’ playlists – if you’re connected to them via Spotify. If you’re looking for new music but don’t want to sit and search for it – yes, it takes time – then you have the choice of using the ‘radio’ option. With this option, music similar to your choices will be played randomly. It may not be the smartest radio option but it works well nonetheless.
- Pandora: It’s a world of music waiting for you in Pandora, but it’s not created on the same lines as Spotify. This is limited to users only in the US, New Zealand and Australia so this cuts off a huge segment of the music listening audience. Here users can pick a song and allows Pandora to create a radio station of similar music. In this regard, the radio feature is smarter than Spotify’s given that it is main feature. Of course, as with anything, free users have limited access to the number of tracks you can skip in an hour, per station and also limits the amount of skips performed in a day. Free users can create up to 100 customized radio stations and for a $36 annual fee, users can upgrade their account so that there are no ads to disturb your listening stations. Great quality music awaits those who pay, but Spotify may come through better in terms of delivery of quality.
- Google Play Music All Access: Google has been ramping up its designs and apps to provide more competition for the big players. Realizing that music streaming is a big industry, they are providing the user to access more than 20 million tracks, with the usual radio feature as given in other websites. It has the unlimited skipping feature which means it trumps Pandora on that level, and also comes ahead of Spotify by allowing the user to access all the music they’ve uploaded via iOS or Android Apps rather than just be limited to the streaming catalogue. It does have a limit however – if 20,000 tracks seem too little. With this much space, many music listeners would be happy campers. It is currently available in over 20 countries worldwide and it simple UI makes it a great choice for many. However, they could do something with the name. If you always had to roll off that long name every time you needed to refer to it, you would go mad.