Weekend Open Forum: Your favorite music service?

By on September 24, 2011, 2:56 AM

Apple's iTunes is widely regarded as the service that spawned the legal music download industry. At a time when music piracy ran rampant on p2p networks, the platform served as the prime example that customers are willing to pay for content as long as they get a good buying experience at reasonable prices. Today there's no shortage of music services, with most recent launches falling in two camps: digital lockers or streaming services.

The first group includes the likes of Amazon, Google, and in a few weeks Apple, which basically let you upload your music collection to a server and access it from wherever you have an Internet connection for a yearly fee. The second includes companies like Spotify, Rdio, and MOG, which do away with the whole notion of owning songs altogether and just offer you access to anything in their catalog for free (with restrictions) or a small monthly fee.

Each has its advantages and disadvantages depending on what you're willing to pay, how you want to access music, and how big your music collection is. Today we want to know: where are you getting your music from these days? Have you subscribed to one of these services or at least tried out their free plans? If so, tell us which one and what has been your experience so far.

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Hankhendrix Hankhendrix said:

Grooveshark is my last resort, after the demise of Dizzler.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Well i'm always using iTunes if I find a song I like, but for finding music I use grooveshark, I used to use spotify when it first came out but all the ads and restrictions have become too annoying so grooveshark Is the way to go!

Guest said:

None of them. You find more music on Youtube. And it's free.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

But YouTube is generally rubbish quality and takes up more bandwidth?

Guest said:


Well, the quality varies yes, but you can change the quatity on most of them, but then again, the downside is it does takes more bandwith. but what can you expect? its free.

Guest said:

I use this superb service called 'The Pirate Bay' to try out new music, then buy the good stuff as mp3s.

I hadn't bought new music in 10 years before this site because of the cost/dross ratio.

The music industry must love all the free marketing, I wonder why I haven't seen any TV adverts for it yet?

Guest said:

Guest above@

Uhm, the News? articles here on Techspot? and btw, please don't mention pirating here, ok?

Lokalaskurar Lokalaskurar said:

YouTube generally has all the interesting music, in my opinion. I tried Spotify, but it offered none of my favourite music - guess I'm just unlucky.

Guest said:



ihaveaname said:

"Music is wasteful and stupid."

-Patricia Tannis, Borderlands.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I use Pandora for random music, as far as specific stuff, I amassed quite a hoard back in the day, and can usually find what I need there.

Guest said:

The radio is my favorite music service :p

Guest said:

Spotify rocks :)

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

That wooden box with a couple of dials in it, rocks big time though.

---agissi--- ---agissi---, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Pandora does it wonderfully for me, Im happy with what comes on my channels Its like $40 a year for 192kbps and no ads. Grooveshark looks good and I've used it before, its cool because you can actually choose all the music you want to listen to and make a playlist. But Pandora I can put on a generally forget about it. Its convenient and provides a good variety and mix of music depending on what channel I throw on.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Spotify for now...

GunsAblazin said:

Pandora is my favorite. I hate finding songs to listen to, or making playlists. Pandora does the work for me and it knows the songs I like even if I never heard it before.

Guest said:

As wasteful as your quote?

Guest said:

tunein.com internet radio. Always new always fresh with the latest in any genre.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

I still buy cd's.

klepto12 klepto12, TechSpot Paladin, said:

youtube has everything and its free but i do use Pandora on my phone and have tried grooveshark

T77 T77 said:

for me it has to be gaana.com(still in alpha). Unlimited free streaming of music..

motrin said:

amazon for singles

I still buy the cd's from my fave bands

gobbybobby said:

I am a subscriber to Spotifys "Unlimited" service in the UK, for £5 a month, unlimited add free music is a bonus, I don't have expensive speakers so am fine with the 128 bit rate cap, (For £10 a month its 320) I have been a spotify user since the Beta, was on the free service untill they capped it.

bakape said:

http://www.iomoio.com/ 16 cents a song fixed rate and perfectly legal. Made in Russia

Edit: Actually, the more you deposit at a time, the more of a bonus you get. So by transferring $96, you actually get each song for 8 cents a piece.

Guest said:

Spotify i have the premium service for 10 bucks a month and its epic

Guest said:

amazing..that "NO ONE" mentioned the use of blogs to discover new music....thats a service

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