Start your computer in public and you probably have one of the following services open: iTunes, Spotify or maybe even YouTube. Music comes from seemingly an unknown source before you finally find the mute button or someone gives you an awkward stare from the other side of the room.
Most likely, as soon as you hit the play button again, one of the ten songs you’ve been listening to on repeat for the last three days starts playing through your headphones again. And after a while, instead of signing your name on checks, you may let a song title fill your signature’s place.
But when you get tired of listening to the same ten songs as you pay your bills, clean the kitchen, or even study for finals, where do you turn to next?
Read on for Listen Carefully’s five favorite music streaming services.
8tracks is different than any other streaming service. Rather than picking a specific song to play, just type in your favorite artist’s name or even your current mood. With everything from “sad, lonely days” playlists to exciting music from the 70s, 8tracks is a great place to find your next obsession-worthy song. 8tracks playlists can be created by anyone who has a website’s username, which means the site and playlists are constantly updated.
With the familiar logo and signature orange color, SoundCloud has become the go-to place for artists to release remixes and record labels to release exclusive content. Looking at SoundCloud for the first time might be a little intimidating, but type one of your favorite artists into the search bar and dozens of new remixes and covers will appear below.
- Indie Shuffle
Although the title might suggest indie music, don’t let this service prove you wrong. Indie Shuffle premieres new music and plays remixes and stems from SoundCloud (mentioned above). This site might not have your Top 40 artists, but rather smaller acts that normally might not be in your frame of reference. Click “popular” or even “Staff Picks” to start shuffling through completely new music.
Different than your average music streaming service, Daytrotter includes some of the biggest names in music. But rather than their normal tracks, Daytrotter asks musicians to come to their studio and re-record their tracks either acoustically or broken down to their most basic shape. Look for sessions like The Heart & The Heart, Local Natives or even Cold War Kids to completely re-experience some of your favorite music.
- Apple Music
If you’ve used iTunes in the past, think of it reimagined. Rather than just your own library, Apple Music builds playlists and a more extensive library based on your own musical taste. While this service isn’t free, Apple Music offers a three-month free trial and then costs only $10 a month. This service will help you find albums you didn’t realize existed or covers of songs that have been around for ages.
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Sources: Goldmann, Mikael, and Gunnar Kreitz. “Measurements on the spotify peer-assisted music-on-demand streaming system.” Peer-to-Peer Computing (P2P), 2011 IEEE International Conference on. IEEE, 2011.