Pandora is all about music discovery. You pick a starting point, such as an artists,
genre or song that you like and Pandora does the rest. It will play songs that it thinks
you will enjoy based on the suggestion. While the collection of songs is not that large,
the algorithm does an excellent job.
Spotify is a music community with both a radio station, a wide range of playlists to discover and the ability to listen to any
song you want in the database. You can easily connect with friends to share music and listen to their playlists. If you are
okay with listening to an ad after a few songs then you can stream millions of tracks for free. If you are sick of the ads,
there is an option to upgrade to premium for only $10 a month.
Google Play Music has an expansive catalogue of songs, however, you can only get free All Access to this service for
one month. You have the ability to create custom radio stations and play any song you like on-demand. Another great
feature is that you can upload up to 20,000 of your own tracks to the cloud for free, making them accessible anywhere.
Available on Apple devices, iTunes radio offers a bunch of free radio stations. You can choose from DJ-curated stations,
modify stations or you can create your own. Do not skip too often because you are only allowed 6 skips per hour per
This is a radio service with a full range of mobile apps. With the free account, you will have access to curated stations
with over 10 million tracks in all. You are only allowed 6 skips per hour with this service as well and will be subjected to
occasion adds. Another feature is that there are a variety of talk radio stations as well if you are in the mood for
This on-demand streaming service is now available in the United States. It has apps available for all Android, iOS,
Windows, BlackBerry and other phones as well, which can be accessed with a free “Discovery” account. For the first
year you will have access to unlimited playback (with ads) but after that you will need to subscribe or you will be limited
to two hours per month.
With over 20 million songs available for free on your computer this is a great option for streaming music, even with the
occasional ads. The mobile app is limited to radio stations, so unfortunately you will not have on-demand song access on
your phone like you do on your computer.