Top 4 Reader Recommendations: Streaming Music Services

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We covered music players last week, so this week I wanted to focus on your top streaming music services.  This list was compiled prior to Google’s new Google Play Music All Access, so this new streaming service wasn’t an option for you to suggest.  My suspicion is that if I asked the same question a month from now, All Access would be on this list.  Here are your top 4 recommended music services:

#4 – TuneIn Radio/TuneIn Radio Pro

TuneIn_Radio

Developer: TuneIn Inc.
Reviews:  
279,318/29,604
Play Store Rating:
4.6/4.5
Cost:  
Free/$4.99
Features:

  • 70,000 live radio stations
  • 2 million podcasts, concerts, and shows available for free
  • Purchase songs directly from Google Play
  • Full integration with tunein.com

Screenshots:

TuneIn_NP  TuneIn_Related  TuneIn_Accounts  TuneIn_Browse

My thoughts:  TuneIn is a great app allowing you to stream live radio stations directly to your phone or tablet.  I’ve moved around the country a few times and TuneIn allows me to still listen to those stations even if I’m no longer living in that area.  This same ability also provides sports fans the opportunity to listen to local broadcasts of their favorite teams.  If you haven’t tried TuneIn Radio yet, you can click the link below.

Get it on Google Play

 

#3 – Pandora® internet radio

Pandora

Developer: Pandora
Reviews:  
992,856
Play Store Rating:
4.5  
Cost:  
Free
Features:

  • Create up to 100 stations
  • Full integration with Pandora web site
  • Ad-free with Pandora One
  • Create station based on one artist

Screenshots:

Pandora_Login  Pandora_Feed  Pandora_Stations  Pandora_NS

My Thoughts: Pandora has long been a favorite among music fans and for good reason, it allows you to easily create up to 100 custom stations with similar artists.  There are a couple things about Pandora that caused me to move away from it a long time ago.  The first is the limit on skipping songs.  The custom stations are great, but I found times where I just didn’t want listen to a particular artist in my station.  Pandora limits you to 6 skips per hour and a total of 12 per day across all stations.  The Pandora One account option does allow additional skips per day, but you are still confined to 6 skips per hour.  Pandora One is the paid service that removes ads, gives you higher quality audio, and gives you the option for custom skins.  The cost is $3.99/month or $36/year.  Pandora is another good app, but it’s limitations have caused me to find another solution.

Get it on Google Play

 

#2 – iHeartRadio

iHeartRadio

Developer:  Clear Channel Broadcasting, Inc.
Reviews:  
105,634
Play Store Rating:
 4.2 
Cost:  
Free
Features:

  • Live Internet Radio
  • Create your own station from a catalog of 15 million songs and 400,000 artists
  • Alarm clock to wake you up or for reminders
  • “Perfect For” feature that helps you discover the best music for a certain activity.

Screenshots:

iHeart_Front  iHeart_Nearby  iHeart_Perfect  iHeart_Music

My Thoughts: iHeartRadio was my first exposure to streaming local radio stations and I used it for a while before I came across TuneIn Radio.  The vast catalog of songs and artists, combined with the ability to listen to local radios stations, makes iHeartRadio a great streaming music service.  The new “Perfect For” feature is something I haven’t seen before and personally, I’m not sure I would use the feature.  I like the idea, but if I’m going to be studying or performing an another activity, I usually have a playlist in mind that I want to hear.   One thing that impressed me is the user interface.  The red theme was bright and navigating through the application was smooth and intuitive.

Get it on Google Play

 

#1 – Spotify

Spotify

Developer: Spotify Ltd.
Reviews:
 155,920 
Play Store Rating:
 4.0   
Cost:  
Free
Features:

  •  Create and sync playlists
  • Download your favorite songs for offline playback
  • Sync your music across multiple devices.
  • Create shared playlists

Screenshots:

Spotify_WN  Spotify_Settings  Spotify_Radio  Spotify_Playlists

My Thoughts:   The fact that Spotify is your number one streaming music application is not a surprise.  The easy to navigate interface, large selection of songs and artists as well as the ability to sync music over multiple devices makes this service very appealing.  Shared playlists is a great feature allowing you to see what your friends are listening to and maybe even come across an artist that you never heard before.  All music aficionados should take a look at Spotify.  You won’t regret it.

Get it on Google Play

 

We have a few ideas of Top 4 lists we are going to post, but if there is any app genre you want to see covered, let us know via our social media channels: Facebook, @DroidDog, and in the comments section below.

 

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