We live in an on-demand generation when it comes to music entertainment, and with so many streaming or downloadable options, those CD collections, stereo systems and portable radios are collecting dust and becoming outdated.
Here are some ways to get your groove on, rock out or sing along with your favorite hits that make boom boxes, CD players and stereo systems look old school.
Pandora: Pandora is one of the more popular Internet radio sites in which you can create your own music channels, or choose ones based on genre or artist. You can expect some commercials, and tracks may repeat if you listen long enough. If you upgrade to Pandora One for $4.99 per month, there are no commercials and you get other perks.
Spotify: This online streaming service boasts a playlist for every mood. Besides its huge library of songs, Spotify offers a social media aspect as you share playlists with friends and even find out what your favorite artists are playing. The upgraded service is $9.99 per month; it lets you download and listen to music offline.
iTunes Radio: iTunes Radio stores your favorite stations in iCloud so they can be streamed on all your Apple devices. You could subscribe for $24.99 a year to iMatch, which gives you access to your entire iTunes library and provides commercial-free iTunes radio. This is a great option if you have a large music library and storage space on your devices is limited.
AccuRadio: AccuRadio is another Internet radio station, but what sets it apart is that it plays music that you likely won’t hear elsewhere. As the site explains, “We give exposure and airplay to numerous genres of music and hundreds of artists that virtually never receive broadcast radio airplay.”
iHeartRadio: If you enjoy listening to live radio on music and talk stations, iHeartRadio lets you choose from hundreds from across the country. As with the services above, you can also customize your own channels. The best part is it’s all free, and you can use the app on your mobile devices.
Satellite radio: While Sirius and XM were all the rage a couple of years back (it’s now one service called SiriusXM), one has to wonder if it’s worth shelling out a monthly subscription fee, between $9.99 and $18.99, when you can get all of the above listening options for free. What SiriusXM offers that other options don’t, however, is premium content and talk shows by entertainers like Howard Stern, Opie & Anthony, Major League Baseball and National Football League games, Oprah Winfrey and more.
Do you use any of these services? If so, do you pay for a subscription, and is it worth it?