Does anyone still buy CDs? Of course they do. And records, too! But when it comes to convenience (if not technological necessity), streaming music is here to stay.
For starters, streaming music can go anywhere you go– at work, in your car, on your phone, you name it. You can also have access to a virtually unlimited number of artists, songs, and musical styles — all for about the cost of one CD per month. Interested? Here are a few popular options that might work for you:
Find New Music with Pandora
Pandora is a great way to find new music, but it has some side effects: first, you can only listen to a song from a particular band — not the particular song that you want to hear. If you’re in the mood to find music similar to your favorites, Pandora will hit the spot. You can also upgrade to Pandora for Business, or just take it along with you in your car or on your tablet or phone.
Listen to All Your Favorites with Spotify
Spotify has a free platform which requires you to listen to ads in between your favorite songs, or you can upgrade for about $14.99 per month to an ad-free version that can go on your tablet or mobile. Unlike Pandora, you can listen to full albums from any artist on Spotify — a very handy feature if you want to find new artists and listen to songs before you purchase a CD.
Get a “Radio Vibe” with Slacker Radio
Slacker Radio is a Pandora-type radio station that plays customized playlists. You can upgrade to get ad-free for $3.99USD, or upgrade to be able to listen to specific songs or artists, like Spotify, for $9.99USD. It’s best feature is probably it’s users playlists, with titles like “Facebook’s Most Embarassing Songs” and “Twitter Top 50.”
Be Surprised by Netflix
Before you roll your eyes, because yes, some of us “listen” to Futurama nonstop all day, Netflix is a great source for musicals and live music specials. You can search for your favorite artist by name, or, if you know the title of a recent performance, you can search for that. At just under $8USD per month, it’s the best deal of them all.
Streaming has a number of benefits over traditional music sources like tapes, CDs, and records. However, it can also be pricey because most services require a monthly subscription cost that doesn’t have an end date.
Do you have a music source online, or are you sticking with traditional CDs?