Thursday, July 18, 2013

4 Ways to Stream Your Favorite Music on a Road Trip

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There's no better feeling than when it's just you, your favorite tunes, and the open road, which is why road trips are so great. But, what if you could drive cross-country while listening to new music and not hear the same song twice? Well, when equipped with your smartphone and the following music streaming apps, all your unlimited playlist dreams will finally come true.

Pandora

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One of the first Internet radio companies to introduce the world to cyber radio waves is Pandora. And, although other music streaming services offer full albums and the ability to create playlists, Pandora is sticking to its roots with strictly radio.

Even though listeners can't pick and choose one song to the next, they can shuffle through their favorite artist-inspired stations. Pandora is free due to advertisements, but once you've gone over the 40-hour monthly streaming limit for mobile devices, it'll cost you $0.99 for the rest of the month.

Last.fm 

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Boasting an impressive 18 million available tracks and counting, Last.fm is great for users not knowing what to listen to next. Why? Because Last.fm has a listening history feature that tracks your listening habits and recommends songs and albums you might like.

As for the cost, Last.fm isn't free, but it does offer a free 50-track trial. And, if you do decide to subscribe, it'll only run you $3 a month, which isn't bad for uninterrupted, ad-free music. There are a couple of downsides though: many of the included albums are incomplete, and there's a lengthy wait for newer music.

TuneIn Radio 

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For listeners looking not only for music, but sports, news, talk radio, podcasts, and comedy streaming from every corner of the world, TuneIn Radio is the app that'll surely meet all your road-tripping needs. Hopefully you won't laugh hard enough to lose your concentration behind the wheel, but if you do have an accident, make sure you have affordable car insurance. 

With the TuneIn app, you're able to browse over 70,000 live radio stations by genre, artist, and top trending songs. The app is available for your smartphone for free, but if you want to listen to everything that TuneIn Radio has to offer without the ads, the pro version costs $4.99 a month.

Spotify 

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Undeniably the most popular music streaming service available is Spotify. And, although it only launched back in 2011, it already has 20 million available tracks and growing. Spotify makes it possible to share music with your friends, wirelessly sync your music across all your devices, and even download songs for offline listening.

Spotify also offers multiple options when it comes to cost. If you want to stream music on your desktop or laptop, it's free with ads or $4.99 for higher quality streaming without ads. But, for your next road trip, the mobile service will cost you $9.99 a month.

So, when it comes to hitting the open road, take some streaming tunes along for the ride with the apps above.

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