For the music lovers who do not have the necessary time to open their very own internet radio hosting, music websites were invented. To make your search easier among this kind of websites, we tried to bring to you the more important features of some of the top music-streaming services.
It’s a service that offers you personalized internet radio for free (limited, of course). If you become a Pandora user, you will have access to your own radio station based upon your favorite music. Pick your favorite band or artist, and Pandora will get started by playing one of their songs. After that, Pandora selects other songs that are similar to your original settings and offers you 40 hours of free, advertising-supported music per month. After that, you can either wait for the next month or choose between the two payment methods available: 99 cents for the rest of that calendar month – for the same type of services, with unlimited listening hours, or $36 to upgrade to Pandora One for one full year – unlimited listening hours every month, no advertising, no daily skip limit, higher audio quality streams etc.
Founded in UK, this music website is a bit more complex and expensive – for those not living in UK, US or Germany. Though similar to Pandora, Last.fm uses Audioscrobbler system to create your list of recommendations, using your personal music collection (from your computer or iPod) or your favorite songs played on the Last.fm site.
The service also gives access to its users to forums, private message sending and music player. For the UK, US and Germany clients, the registration is for free and unlimited, but for the other users, there’s a €3.00 per month subscription to pay after a 30 track free trial. The subscriber accounts include extra features like
- No advertising
- View recent visitors to your own profile page
- Priority on Last.fm server
- Play Last.fm radio outside of the UK, US or Germany
A more expensive but definitely more flexible and offering option is Rhapsody , a sort of combination of radio and MP3 libraries like iTunes. Rather than buying individual songs, you pay a monthly fee ($9.99/month) for access to Rhapsody’s library of a nine million songs. You can then search, select and stream the music you want to listen to.
You can also download tracks for offline play on your MP3 player, but the way you use the tracks is restricted. In order to transfer tracks to MP3 players, you need to authorize your device – for one subscription you can only authorize one device. The service offers a selection of over 10 million songs, applications for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry and the possibility to buy individual MP3’s.
Nevertheless, for an independent stream and an entirely personalized radio/TV station, the best option is purchasing your own streaming servers service plan from a professional streaming company. Internet radio hosting is only one click away!