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Published 2013-02-07T08:00:00Z”/>

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Pros, cons of popular Internet radio websites and applications for the musically inclinedElizabeth Bowen

It seems that a vast majority of Chico State students utilize Internet radio every day for quick pre-made and customized playlists and the ability to discover new artists.

With a variety of free or inexpensive programs available on the Web, here are some pros and cons of some of the most popular Web-based streaming programs.

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8TRACKS

Pros:

● Sign-up is free

● Pre-made playlists make for

good on-the-go listening

● Can find new music without having to do much

● Ability to search artists by tag and find playlists that include selected artists

● Ability to be streamed on smartphones and computers

● Playlists can be liked and saved for later listening

● Can follow users whose playlists are liked

Cons:

● Playlists are limited to certain number of songs and won’t play on endless loop of new tracks

● Lack specificity for narrowing down exactly what you want to hear

● Little control for listener

● Playback on smartphones not as strong as on a computer

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SOUNDCLOUD

Pros:

● Sign-up is free

● Artist-friendly – you can listen to or produce

music

● Able to find underground, less mainstream music by up-and-coming artists or producers

● Networking for artists

● Songs and artists can be “liked” for later

● Easily shared through other networks like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr

● Ability to be streamed on smartphones and computers

● Specific listening for those in the music know

Cons:

● Hard to navigate unless you know what you want

● Better for artist use, not quick listening

● Too specific for some listeners who just want to hear something fast

● If in a hurry, playlists are not readily available

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SPOTIFY

Pros:

● Sign-up is free

● Playlists made by users

● Subscriptions allow for greater listening ability

● Tracks that are “liked” can be saved to your own music library

● Cloud-based mixes allow for on-the-go listening

● Customizable playlists comparable to those of iTunes

● Simple user interface

● Ability to be streamed on smartphones and computers

Cons:

● Limited library

● Ads are pushed hard – many pop-ups appear on computer version

● Commercial-free premium version costs $10 a month

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PANDORA

Pros:

● Sign-up is free

● Ability to select a radio station by song or artist that plays similar music

● Tracks are chosen on endless loop

● Gives listener chance to “like” or “dislike” individual songs

● Able to narrow down playlists by adding variety to stations

● Commercial-free premium version is $3 a month

● Ability to be streamed on smartphones and computers

Cons:

● Songs sometimes repeat

● Commercials

● Few new or unfamiliar artists

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YOUTUBE

Pros:

● Sign-up is free

● Universal knowledge, most varied

● Videos, not just music

● Ability to be streamed on smartphones and computers

● Some ads can be skipped

● Ability to see who is performing the music

● Specific listening

● “Watch later” feature allows for video saving

● Can create playlists

Cons:

● Limited playlist suggestions

● Not good for on-the-go listening

● Long loading time on smartphones

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BANDCAMP

Pros:

● Sign-up is free

● Viewable album covers – once clicked, they show all songs from album

● Online music store – songs can bepurchased

● Easy upload platforms for artist promotion

● Entire albums are playable for free

● Donations can be made directly to the artists

● Finding independent artists is easy

● Ability to be streamed on smartphones and computers

Cons:

● Can’t save songs, must buy them

● Must sign up as an artist

● More for those creating music to hear other artists than it is for fans

● Not good for on-the-go listening

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<strong>Elizabeth Bowen can be reached at</strong> <a href=”mailto:[email protected]”><em>[email protected]</em></a>

 

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