At first, it was only Rhapsody. But over the past 10 years or so, new music streaming sites have been coming up with fair regularity. Today, there are enough choices in music streaming sites out there to get anyone mixed up. And the names – Rdio, MOG, Spotify – who comes up with these and do they have a speech impediment?
The point is though that there are so many music streaming services around today that it’s difficult to know where to go. It’s about time someone came up with a review to music streaming sites. Which is what we have here.
Let’s start with an oldie, but a goodie – Rhapsody. For $10 a month, you can stream as much as you want, and they’ll support one mobile device. For $5 more, they’ll give you support for three devices. They have more than 10 million songs, scores of radio stations to help you discover new tunes, and apps for your computer and your phone or tablet. Rhapsody is such a well-built service that it’s hard to fault it anywhere. But $10 a month may be a bit expensive though.
MOG, one of the newest music streaming sites out there has everything you’re looking for. For just $5 a month, you get 10 million songs and more without mobile support. If you do want the mobile support, it’ll cost you just the same as Rhapsody. But there is a free option that’s ad supported too. MOG is deeply customizable. You can create your own channels that only play the kind of music you like.
Well, if you would like something cheaper, you could try Pandora, a real superstar among the music streaming sites. It’s actually free if you don’t mind a few advertisements. And for a mere $3 a month, you can get unlimited music and no ads. Pandora is truly special for the extra intelligent music discovery feature they have. Their Music Genome project is the Google of music. Only, it’s a way more intelligent and is way more able to come up with what you will like. What you won’t like about the Pandora is that it isn’t really a traditional music streaming service. Once you get over the fact that it picks tunes out for you, you begin to notice that it won’t let you pick tunes out for yourself. Not ever.
At this point, you’re surely wondering about the Amazon Cloud Player, Apple iTunes in the Cloud, Google Music and all of the other cloudy stuff. There is a reason we don’t talk about all of these – because they aren’t music streaming sites at all. These are just places you can go to the store the music you already have.