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.
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.
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.
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 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.