Sunday, July 29, 2012

Spotify Isn't Totally A Buffering Internet R / C Service, Yet Desktop Customers Have Had Pandora-Like Loading For A While Currently

Spotify isn't strictly a streaming internet radio service, but desktop users experienced Pandora-like streaming for a while now. If you open the desktop app, you can see the option to create streaming stations based on specific genres or your favorite artists, Now, iPhone and iPad users can perform the same using the Spotify mobile app, as well as of all, they can do it at no cost. Spotify and Pandora are both a few of your favorite internet radio services, and internet radio happens to be a part of the desktop app, but Spotify hasn't ever made it a priority (part of the reason Pandora was your chosen.) That's all changed now: Spotify has peppered their iOS app with buttons to create radio stations based on the artists you could already listen to, and will build those stations using the service's entire music catalog, not just the songs you already own. Also, today's announcement means desktop and iOS users can now play Spotify radio whenever they want, wherever they've an internet connection, without paying a dime. The brand new service comes with ads between every few songs plus a limited number of skips per hour so you can't just blow through songs you might not like. Of course, if you're a $10/month Premium member, you receive around both of those caveats. The update is-like Spotify's recently redesigned Android app-rolling out slowly, if you don't see it yet, return later to grab the update. Android users, no problem: Spotify says an updated Android app with free internet radio is on the way soon. Streaming music sites certainly are a dime-a-dozen, but internet radio services-the kind that you press play, sit back, and revel in music that you know you'll love and only interact if you hear something you don't-are a rarer breed. Sometimes you're in the mood to just listen to music, not a DJ. This week we'll take a look at five of the best internet radio services, determined by your nominations. For those times when you don't feel as if searching for something to hear or curating a playlist, internet radio services deliver for the promise to press use on a genre or song-based radio station and know you are going to hear something you like. Sometimes it is possible to interact with the station, other times you can't. We asked you which ones internet radio services you thought were the very best, you weighed in with lots of nominations, and now we're back to glance at the top five. 
 TuneIn We've mentioned TuneIn Radio before, though the mobile component is only one section of what makes TuneIn such a great service. TuneIn lets you listen to live radio stations around the air anywhere in the world, wherever you will be. From electronic stations in Europe to talk shows in Africa, there is an option to search the globe by location, genre, station type, and even name or call sign, and start listening. You can take TuneIn on the move on your Android, iPhone or iPad, Blackberry, WebOS, or Windows Phone by downloading their free mobile app. Should you be willing to drop $1, you can get the Pro version for iOS, Android, and Blackberry, which allows you to record live radio for playback later, pause live radio, rewind, and play back, and more. If you want the real radio experience minus the AM/FM tuner, TuneIn gives it to you. has become broadcasting alternative, electronic, trip-hop, plus more since around 2000, well before most streaming music entered its prime, and well before people thought there was profit online radio-I have pleasant memories of paying attention to for track ideas after i was a DJ. The services are completely user and listener-supported, this means no ads or commercials in your broadcasts, and the channels and programs aired at are rarely heard anywhere else. This means you must familiarize yourself with the show schedules and that means you catch the ones you want to hear, and you will make a point to donate to the service to keep it alive. has mobile apps for iOS and Android, and mobile-friendly sites for just about any mobile device with a browser. Pandora Pandora may be the juggernaut of internet radio. Using the Music Genome Project, Pandora's promise happens to be to deliver you great new music based on the music you already enjoy. Give Pandora the name of one of your favorite artists, or perhaps a song that you really enjoy, then sit back, relax, and hear similar songs by similar musicians that you will definitely love. You interact with Pandora only by thumbs-up or thumbs-down, having a certain number of song skips allowed in a very given time period. Pandora mobile apps are around for Android, iOS, Blackberry, and WebOS. Pandora is completely free, although ad-supported, and if you would like nearly unlimited skips (six by the hour), higher music quality, with no ads, you can drop $36/year for Pandora One. Slacker Slacker Radio takes personalization to some whole new level. There are a huge selection of genre specific channels you are able to play at any time, with playlists which might be curated by actual human DJs who love music and love their genres. Then, as you listen, you can personalize those stations even more by giving Slacker feedback about what you love, and banishing artists that you hate-something other interactive services won't do. In addition Slacker's massive music library, stuffed brimming with new music, and the actual human element where stations are constantly rotating and changing playlists with new tunes and removing stale ones no person likes, and you have a great internet radio service with only the right amount of personalization. Mobile apps are for sale for iOS, Android, Blackberry, WebOS, Windows Phone, plus more. Slacker is free and ad-supported, but if you're willing to drop $4/month, you can get Slacker Plus, which removes the ads, gives you unlimited song skips, song lyrics, and station caching so you can listen for a while offline. $10/mo gets you Slacker Premium, which gives you everything Plus offers along with the on-demand artist and album playback, single-artist stations, along with the ability to create playlists of the songs you've heard and luxuriate in. Spotify We all remember when Spotify found its way to the US, after our own glowing writeup on it, and we were all thrilled. Even though Spotify is a full-service music player, music search tool, and jukebox, additionally, it has some great hands-off radio features available as shared, collaborative playlists that you can subscribe to, and a great radio service that plays songs according to popular artists, or a musician you provide. Searching popular stations organized by artist, or use the genre tag cloud to play something based on your favorite form of music. Spotify is more than just an invisible service, but it's a pretty good radio service too. Spotify is free and ad-supported. Mobile apps are for sale to Android, iOS, and Symbian, but for their services you'll need a $10/mo Spotify Premium account, which also nets you offline mode, better quality of sound, and no ads. If the desktop app is enough for you, the $5/mo Spotify Unlimited account just gets the music and radio devoid of the ads. Honorable mentions now go out to, which was one of several pioneers of the internet radio category, and is still going strong with genre-based stations and great artist suggestions based on the music you listen to, and in dozens of other apps that support scrobbling. 8Tracks fell just short of the nominations required to make the five, but it's a fantastic internet radio service, complete with well crafted playlists by users, anybody who loves music, or by genre. Also worth a mention is Songza, which includes come a long way from its "search any song and hear it" roots and is now an extremely great streaming radio service.


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