Streaming music showdown: Which client fits your needs?
The number of available apps for streaming music clients continues to grow and most now charge $10 per month. You will find music streaming and internet radio apps in your operating system software store.
Check out my full ZDNet Smartphones & Cell Phones post for details on these eight selected services.
Spotify is the hot new client in the U.S. and does have LOTS of music that streams in high quality.
There are different options available to you in Spotify as you can see here.
The discovery aspect of Spotify is rather limited, but you can also search to find things.
Spotify is well founded on playlists so you should subscribe to your friends playlists to see various music.
Albums can be viewed and added to your playlists in entirety.
The home screen in Spotify shows your playlists and other music data.
The Premium version of Slacker lets you take over lots of control so you can create custom stations to fit your needs.
Your favorite stations are attached to your account so when you sign in on a different device your favorites will appear.
Slacker supports offline caching of songs so you can enjoy your music even with no wireless data connect.
You can manage your cached stations and see how much you are taking up.
There are also a number of premade stations in Slacker to help you find music.
There are several menu items available to you in Slacker.
You can share music with others in Slacker too.
Slacker plays in landscape orientation too while a few others only work in portrait.
Pandora is a very popular music streaming service.
Pandora also plays in landscape orientation.
Pandora is setup so you enter in an artist and they create channels with content similar to that artist for you to enjoy.
The Napster user interface is easy to use and fun to navigate.
There are several settings available in Rdio.
This screenshot shows a typical album art image of a playing song.
Rdio has a rather unique music discover method and I imagine over time I could get to enjoy it.
Rdio is a very social focused app with people sharing their listening plans as feeds.
There are several settings available to manage your music in MOG.
You can use the slider bar at the bottom of the display in MOG to control what music plays.
You can download songs for later enjoyment in MOG.
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