26 March 2016

All about Internet Radio

Good afternoon, readers!
Today I am going to give a review on music subscription websites and programs. It's not the nerdiest of subjects, but it's what I have on my mind today, so I hope you get some information or enjoyment out of it!

Spotify 4.5/5.0 Spotify.com
love Spotify, but there are Pros and Cons to each and every Internet Radio that I have found. The reasons I love Spotify are simple: with the paid subscription ($9.99USD) you get unlimited everything. On a daily basis, I have a random craving for a song I haven't heard in a very long time - today for me it was The Who's "Pinball Wizard" - you can just search it up, listen to it, and add it to your playlists.
You can even save it to your device! I almost never have an issue finding any song as well. Sure, there are a few they don't have because of copyrights (ACDC took forever to get added on there), but for the most part, every craving I have is readily available to me.

The major Cons that I have found with Spotify are with the radio. They have a few pre-selected Genres, and you can make your own radio stations off of any artist, but they repeat the same songs a LOT. I mean, I can hear the same song twice within an hour sometimes and it drives me up the wall. Yeah, I love "Electric Eye" by Judas Priest, but it's not so great a song that I wanna hear it 5 times a day. Also, you can't seed other artists into a radio. I find that to be a flaw.  Another Con would be having to download the program to use it on your PC. Sure, it allows you to play everything offline, but they should also have a website available to log into when you're away from your home computer. I can't download and install programs onto my computers at work, so I have to rely on website-based music for that. The phone App is pretty easy to use and works about the same as the computer program, so I have no qualms about it.

Samsung Milk Music - 4.5/5.0 Samsung Milk Music
This is easily my most used Internet Radio subscription. I can't get enough of this one.
I recently bought a Galaxy Note 5 (Great phone, by the way) and after seeing a friend using it, I noticed that it had a music program already pre-installed on it. As with most pre-installed phone programs, I almost just disabled it. Luckily, I decided to try it out first, and I was pleasantly surprised! Just like every other music subscription, this one relies on stations where it will play things based off of Genres and artists. On the phone, it has a dial that you use to switch stations, and it's very aesthetically pleasing (although annoying to use while driving). On the free version, you get 6 free skips per station that refreshes every hour. That is way more than you get on a lot of other stations. The ads are annoying and repetitive, but here is where the greatness comes in.
The paid version is only $3.99USD per month! So inexpensive! Ad free, unlimited skips, and good music. The best part about it: The diversity of music is amazing. I have discovered more good bands on this than I have on any other of the internet radio stations. I highly recommend this one.
I think you can easily set up a Samsung account for this without their products, but I'm not 100% sure.

Pandora - 4.0/5.0 Pandora.com
Pandora is the first Internet radio I had ever used, so you'd think I'd be biased in favor of it, but that isn't the case. So, the same ad issue is obvious with Pandora, but it's less often than some of the other sites. You get less skips than on SMM, but I don't know the exact number. You can get a full Pandora One subscription for $4.99USD ( I just had to look it up to be honest) and I'm pleasantly suprised that it isn't more. No ads, no skip limit, so that is great. I have had issues with getting repeating songs in Pandora more than any other site. It's as if it sees you thumbs up a song, and decides to put it on your station 5X as much. You can seed other stations, but the problem won't go away. I like the fact that Pandora has a good interface and a lot of support, but the repeating songs just is something I can't get past.

Overall, I don't have every Internet radio subscription to review, but these are my top three.
Other good ones include iHeartRadio (http://www.iheart.com/), Slacker (http://www.slacker.com/), and many others. Comment on which ones I may have missed with your opinions! Also don't forget to subscribe! Comment anything you'd like to see a blog about as well!

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