Radio has always been one of the best ways to discover new music. A song would play on the radio and you would wait for the song title.
But the advent of Internet radio aided the discovery of new music a lot more, with song titles and background information immediately at your disposal, and all kinds of customization options available. Now there are smart phones that can stream music anywhere, anytime.
Spotify is rapidly growing in popularity as a way to stream music, along with many other similar recently created programs, but many of these programs require subscriptions and/or have particularly annoying settings, such as Spotify publishing everything you listen to on your Facebook wall. Apple is actually rumored to be launching a Spotify-like service soon as well.
For those of us with smartphones, I'm going to provide you with a list of a few of my favorite easily operable apps. These apps require little to no effort to use, and they make discovering music easy enough to do while, say, driving, exercising or just being plain lazy.
5. turntable.fm:Well, this app probably shouldn't be operated while driving, but it's still very easy to use. It is available for both the iPhone and the Android, as well as other smartphones alike.
It's community DJ-ing, where you choose your genre of preference and build your playlist off of that alongside others who share your taste. You can approve or disapprove of other people's song choices, but still you have to wait your turn for your song to play. It sort of streams like a free jukebox, in that sense.
4. iHeartRadio: Here you get access to over 800 stations, including Houston's very own KTRU. You can create your own unique station based on your tastes, or simply surf the stations available.
3. Pandora: A traditional choice, this streaming-music site has been around for a few years now, pioneering the stellar music genome project. Up to 100 radio stations can be created based on what you want to hear at the moment, and Pandora is available for most smartphones.
2. Shazam: This is app for identifying unfamiliar music is commonly downloaded because it happens to work just like its name.
Sometimes Shazam doesn't recognize more obscure artists, but for the most part it works well. It also provides YouTube links of the song just enquired, so that it may be streamed again at your own free will! This app is available for most smartphones.
1. YouTube:I'm not trying to be funny. YouTube works perfectly well for finding and playing most recorded songs you happen to want to hear.
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