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Top Online Music Sites That Offer Streaming

Listen to music from the cloud on your computer, home stereo, or smartphone


Streaming music sites offer you a huge library of music that you can listen to on-demand via your web browser. It's a great way to discover new music at zero cost while surfing the net. Simply type in the name of your favorite artist to start searching for music tracks; there are also recommendations displayed that are similar to what you are searching for. Many of them offer additional services that you can utilize, such as creating personalized playlists that you can share, watching videos, social networking, listening to radio, and even uploading your own music.

1. Slacker Radio

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Slacker Radio is a stellar online music service that you can use to listen to hundreds of compiled radio stations. This service provides an interactive experience that also allows you to quickly build up custom-made stations of your own too. Although this service is subscription driven, Slacker offers a free account in order for you to try out their service at no cost. This freebie, called Slacker Basic Radio, is surprisingly feature-rich and even includes mobile music support which is often a paid-for option. There's a good range of mobile apps on offer to hook up your portable device, and you can also share your music discoveries on popular social networking platforms like: Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace.

If mobile music is your thing, there's also an offline mode that enables you to listen to your favorite stations, songs, and albums without the need to be connected to the Internet.

2. MOG

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MOG is a full-fledged subscription streaming music service that also has a free account -- called FreePlay -- that you can sign up to without having to first commit financially. It compares favorably with the other top cloud music services out there like Spotify, Pandora, Rdio, etc. MOG also has excellent mobile support with music apps for: iPod Touch, iPhone, and Android. MOG is also a great resource to use for music discovery. There are several tools that you can use for quickly finding new music -- facilities such as MOG Radio and support for Facebook and Twitter help you to easily discover and share new music

3. Rdio

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Rdio is a multi-faceted streaming music service that boasts millions of songs on-demand and the option of a free basic account. It supports the streaming of songs not just to your computer, but other devices such as home entertainment systems (Roku, Sonos, etc.), and several smartphone platforms. Using its desktop app for Mac and PC, you can also use it as an alternative to Apple's iTunes Match service for syncing your own music library to the cloud without having to upload.

Rdio is also a socially rich music service that sports it own network (as well as Facebook and Twitter integration) where users can share, follow, and even work on playlists together.

4. Spotify

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Spotify is one of the top online services for streaming music. What makes this service unique is that you can use its Offline Mode to listen to thousands of music tracks without having to be connected to the Web. As well as subscription plans, this service also offers you the chance to try before you buy with its Spotify Free account. With facilities to stream music to mobile devices and home stereo systems, is this the ultimate digital music service?

5. Pandora Radio

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If you're looking for a simple music discovery website that streams music, then Pandora is a good choice. Unlike Last.fm and imeem, Pandora is an intelligent Internet radio service that plays music based on your feedback. Once you have entered an artist's name or a song title, Pandora automatically suggests similar tracks which you can agree with, or reject; Pandora will remember your answers and fine-tune its subsequent recommendations. You can also buy albums and individual tracks from digital music services such as Amazon MP3, and the iTunes Store via links that are displayed on-screen.

6. Last.fm

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Last.fm is one of the top sites to visit for streaming music. It has a whole host of features which include music and video streaming, custom playlist creation, uploading your photos, social networking, etc. You can also connect with people who have similar tastes. An interesting feature of Last.fm is 'scrobbling' which allows you (via a small widget download) to automatically add tracks to your Last.fm playlist while listening to music on your computer or iPod.

7. Maestro.fm

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Maestro.fm is a social music network that not only makes it possible to search for new music, connect with friends, and share playlists, but also gives you the ability to store your own digital music library via remote storage.

8. Yahoo Music

Even though Yahoo has closed its Music Unlimited service and migrated its customers to Rhapsody, Yahoo Music continues to be one of the most popular music sites on the Internet. It provides a number of services which include, streaming music and video, information on artists, and current media news. It's LAUNCHcast and LAUNCHcast Plus Internet radio stations offer the user a selection of music that is based on their preferences. Unfortunately, Internet Explorer is the only compatible browser at the moment but Yahoo Music is still a top-notch service worth using.

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