Pandora is a great music streaming app if you’re looking to discover new music. The ability to create over 100 different music stations to fine-tune your listening habits goes far beyond any similar features from its competitors, and its paid subscription service is quite a bit cheaper than the subscription plans of its rivals.
Plus, Pandora is available on various platforms, including the web, mobile devices, and even some modern sound systems. Pandora’s main downsides are that you don’t have a lot of control over the exact songs or artists that you listen to, and that it’s only available in selected countries.
If you’re looking for apps like Pandora that are more widely available and offer on-demand music listening as well as “radio stations” functions, this post might be helpful. Here are ten new Pandora alternatives for listening, sharing and organizing music.
Note: If you want to save the songs from these online streaming websites, you can download Streaming Audio Recorder to give it a try. It is a professional online audio recorder that can record streaming music, online podcast, radio shows, audio chats and even microphone with lossless quality.
8 New Pandora Radio Alternatives
Spotify is your new music collection. Your library with millions of tracks. Spotify comes as a versatile service available for your PC, Mac, home audio system and mobile phone. Wherever you go, your music follows you. The service does cost you $4.99 minimum for web only features and $9.99 if you want to use all the features including mobile streaming.
2. Google Music
Google Music also provides features like iTunes and Amazon mp3 stores. You can upload all your music (up to~10,000 songs) to Google servers and listen to them anywhere you want for Free. You need download the Music Manager after signing in from your Gmail account.
With Sony Music unlimited you get access to over 10 Million songs available globally. The music can be played back on PS3, Android phone and Tablets, Bravia TV and PCs. You can start with a FREE trial for 30 days but a subscription of either $3.99 or $9.99 per month is required to continue using the service.
Rdio lets you listen to millions of songs ad-free wherever you are – on the web and on your phone, even offline. Follow your friends and other people with great taste in music, and find new music to listen to. Make your own playlists, and collaborate with friends on theirs. Search and find any song, album or artist and listen immediately. To continuously use the service you need a subscription of $4.99 or $9.99 based on your preference.
MOG is another source of music where you get access to over 11 Million songs. Listen to your music in the browser or download app to use it on your mobile. Start with a FREE trial for unspecified duration, earn more free songs by sharing with your friends or checking out MOG. You need a subscription to use it on your mobile.
One of the newest Pandora competitors, Tidal was created by a group of musicians led by rapper Shawn Carter, better known as “Jay-Z”. They wanted to make a music-streaming service that avoided the licensing issues that Pandora and Spotify ran into by having artists license their music to a service that they owned themselves, resulting in more money going directly to musicians (instead of record labels and other middleman distributors) and thus more incentive being created for artists to put their music on Tidal. Tidal allows you to listen to songs on demand and in high audio quality from a library of over 25 million songs. In addition, you can watch over 75,000 music videos in high-quality video on demand as well. However, Tidal cannot be used for free, and its subscription options can get as expensive as $20 per month.
If you are a fan of random music and new artists, then We Are Hunted is the service you want to go. We are hunted listens to what people are saying about artists and their music on blogs, social media, message boards and P2P networks to chart the top 99 songs online now. Looking at music this way, they detect sentiment, expression and advocacy to better understand what people like and dislike at any given moment. You can actually create playlists as well and share them with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.
No Music list is complete without the mention of Grooveshark. Check out my previous article for complete details about Grooveshark. As a reminder because of some issues, Grooveshare is not available directly from Google Play, but you can download is directly from the site and install. Grooveshark is the world’s largest international community of music lovers. Over 30 million people use Grooveshark to listen to their favorite music, discover new bands, and share across social networks.
Check out these sites, services, browser extension and app for all your music needs. Let me know in comments which one you use the most and why it is your favorite. What other things you look for in music services for your needs. Don’t forget to share with your friends on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.