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The Top 5 Music Streaming Apps For Your Smart Phone

Submitted by on April 4, 2011 – 8:59 amNo Comment

If you’re not using a music streaming app on your smart phone, you’re an idiot. Okay, so maybe you’re not an idiot—but you’re definitely not using your smart phone to its full potential. These days, there are dozens of music streaming apps available in The App Store and Android Market for you to download so that you never have to be without your beats when you’re on the fly.

We know if can be a little confusing choosing exactly which music streaming app to get, though, so we put together a list of our top five music streaming apps. If you’re a fan of music—and, really, who isn’t a fan of music?!—and you have a smart phone, one of these needs to get downloaded and installed ASAP. You can thank us later.

1. The Music Streaming App: Pandora

What It Offers: Customized radio stations tailored to your individual taste

Why You Need It Now: If you like Drake, there’s a good chance you like J. Cole. If you hate Gucci Mane, there’s a good chance you don’t want to hear Waka Flocka Flame. Pandora understands that and creates customized radio stations that play the artists and the songs that you want to hear. Simply select an artist that you like to listen to and Pandora will go through and pick out other tracks that you’ll probably like as well. And as the songs play, you can help Pandora customize your selections even more by giving the track it selects the thumbs up—or the thumbs down. So you won’t have to sit through Travis Porter tracks anymore when you’re in the mood to hear Talib Kweli.

2. The Music Streaming App: Last.fm

What It Offers: Music recommendations that are based on songs that you already like

Why You Need It Now: Much like Pandora, Last.fm takes the artists and songs that you like to listen to and selects other songs and artists that it think you’ll also like as a result. But it takes things one step further by offering you the chance to download the songs you hear on iTunes and share them with other people in the Last.fm community. Prepare to get schooled to some new stuff if you download this app.

3. The Music Streaming App: iHeart Radio

What It Offers: Live streaming of more than 750 radio stations from around the country

Why You Need It Now: Can’t live without Power 105′s Breakfast Club—but stuck waiting for a flight in St. Elsewhere, South Dakota? No problem. With the iHeart Radio app, you can listen to just about any radio station that you want to from around the country at any time of the day. Even if you’re already in your preferred market, we recommend checking out stations from around the country to see what’s popping in other parts of the United States. You’re in for quite the experience.

4. The Music Streaming App: Grooveshark

What It Offers: For $3 per month, access to a large library that includes a focus on independent artists that might not get played as often on other music streaming apps

Why You Need It Now: The one problem with music streaming apps is that, like terrestrial radio, they tend to get stuck in a rut and play the same songs over and over and over again. So if you’re not tired of Drake’s “Miss Me” yet, you’re going to be at some point if you strictly play music on, say, Pandora. But with Grooveshark, you can bump mainstream songs as well as indie music that’s not quite as mainstream. It’ll cost you a few bucks every month, but isn’t that a small price to pay to avoid hearing Waka Flocka’s “No Hands” for the 4,630,916th time?

5. The Music Streaming App: Rhapsody

What It Offers: A gigantic library of songs that you can choose to stream directly to your smart phone

Why You Need It Now: All of the apps above will give you access to thousands of songs. But they won’t allow you to select exactly which song you want to hear at any given moment. You’re more or less at the mercy of the app. However, with Rhapsody, you can choose which song you want to hear right now by accessing a library of more than 10 million tracks and making your selection. As you might expect, it’s gonna set you back 10 bucks a month. But you get what you pay for, folks. And if you’re willing to pay up, this music streaming app will give you the most bang for your buck.

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