Since Internet became an everyday part of our life, Radio Streaming Services started growing rapidly and before we knew it there were more than we could ever hope for. This was a sign that there indeed a growing demand for them, but with so many Streaming Services lying around how could one choose the perfect one ? Well fortunately for you guys we will today be listing the Top 3 Radio Streaming Services, so without any further delay, let us begin!
Guess you didn’t expect this? Slacker Radio is one of the few streaming services that let you personalize almost everything there, you will have access to countless Genre specific channels that you can play from at any time, you also get a lot of pre made playlists by both users and professional Artists and the great thing is that these playlists are suggested to you as you listen to a certain genre, so only lists related to that will appear which is great for those who are looking to enjoy some good quality music for a long time.
While listening you have the option to customize stations by removing artists that you don’t like and adding those you do. This is something most radio services lack. As for the library itself its quite big, sporting almost all the artists of all genres that you can think off. You can also enjoy Slacker from your Smartphone via their official apps for Android, BlackBerry, iOS, and Windows phone. Finally Slacker is free but ad supported, in order to remove the ads you need to get Slacker plus by paying $4 for per month, additionally you will also get the ability to infinitely skip songs , view song lyrics and station catching so you can enjoy it offline as well. Overall Slacker is an amazing streaming service that we would recommend to everyone but it was not able to place higher than 3rd place because of its smaller community , which is a shame because it’s one of the best out there.
Without a doubt Pandora is the most well known streaming service out there, it’s one of the reasons people got into internet radios in the first place, based on the well know Genome Project Pandora lets you simply type the name of a song or artist and then Pandora will take charge and award you with a list of similar songs and artists that you can enjoy and in all honesty the result that Pandora gives out from that little information is usually quite good.
Pandora has a simple ‘Like or Dislike’ interface, you give thumps up to the songs you like and down to the ones you don’t and based on that information Pandora will provide you with future suggestions. Pandora is also usable via your Smartphone thanks to their official application for Android, iOS, Blackberry and Web OS. Though Pandora is free for all it’s also add supported and you will have to either live with that or pay 36$ a year for Pandora One which offer a totally ad free experience with nearly unlimited skips (Sir Per Hour) and higher music quality. Overall Pandora is one of the pioneers in the world of Internet based Radios but it hasn’t adapted as much as we would like to people’s needs , which is why it barely missed the top spot.
Guess many of you saw that one coming; TuneIn is undoubtedly the all in one package in the world of Internet Radios. But what makes it the best, since many other Internet Radios offer nearly the same things? The answer to that question is that TuneIn is the only streaming service we have ever encountered that gives you no region restrictions yet gives you all the features you could think of in any of the region exclusive ones. It doesn’t matter where you are, whether you are in Africa, Bangladesh, Indian or even Nepal TuneIn will be available to you.
TuneIn offers you the privilege to even search specific locations, want to listen to the news of Syria? Just point towards that, want to listen to some local news? You can do that too! Just sign up and you will get all the options from the get go, not to mention TuneIn also offers a free official applications for your iOS, Android, Blackberry or Windows Phone based devices so you can enjoy it even on the go and the mobile version has its own set of exclusive features. Simply put if you even wanted a real worldwide based radio experience without the AM/FM tuner then there is nothing that rivals TuneIn, it’s simply the best out there.
You saw this coming didn’t you ? Maestro was among the very first to properly integrate social networking elements into Internet Radios. Maestro focuses on social networking above all other internet radios; you can share your playlist, follow other peoples discussion on music related topics as well as create yours. Maestro also lets you have conversation with up and coming artists that are trying to make a name for them, simply put Maestro is the ultimate social internet radio that takes a very unique approach towards their audience. So if you are a fan of Facebook or Twitter, chances are Maestro will also appeal to you.
Rdio came a little later on to the scene but is just as capable as the others, it changed how internet radios work across different platforms. It offers a hug 20 million song library with a heavy indie influence and sports one of the best applications we have seen in a long time. It also an improved searched option influenced by Spotify where it uses your overall history to suggest artists, but does so much more efficiently. But what really makes it stand out is the fact that it lets you store music offline, this means you can enjoy music even when you know you will be offline for a while, for example during flight. The only problem with Rdio is that in order to use it long term you must pay it, though a temporary free version of Rdio allows you to steam unlimited songs (with ads of course) but once the six month trial finishes you will need to migrate to the paid version in order to enjoy it.
Hands down the most crowd pleasing internet radio service out there, it’s success is one of the biggest reasons why many other internet radio services added more self directed features available. Grooveshark takes a unique approach and lets the user create the playlist as well the database which later on will analyze what you have done and play tracks accordingly. The only downside to this is of course the fact that it will take a little bit more time to get up and running with Grooveshark. Grooveshark is free and is ad supported, though you can have an ad free experience for $3 per month.
Among all the radio internets out there Spotify is probably among the most respected, in terms of features it outweighs most of its competition. It offers a much bigger external storage system making it stand out from others. It also excels as a discovery tool as it reads out your music collection and playlist from your storage and then according to the data it just acquired suggest further tracks or artists. Of course you can also manually search popular station organized by specific artist as well. For a free radio service Spotify has been quite consistent and although it’s not available globally it sure satisfies those who have access to it. Our only problem with Spotify has always been its lack of free application for Desktop and Smartphone’s, but it’s a flaw we are willing to ignore since Spotify influenced so many other radio services to adapt to everyone’s needs .