With all the recent noise about piracy in the entertainment sphere, and with SOPA and PIPA looming to ruin ubiquitous YouTube plays of the latest Top 40 treasure, it's high time one got better acquainted with their options for streaming music to their computers and mobile devices. Here is a list of our favorite streaming services, defined as a provider who, for a price or for free, provides access to a large library of legal, licensed music in the cloud.
Spotify is the current frontrunner of streaming services, with an intuitive iTunes-like UI (which also incorporates your iTunes library), and three tiers of offerings-- free and ad-supported, $4.99 for Unlimited (commercial-free), and $9.99 for Premium (320Kbps steams, no commercials, and mobile access). It only recently immigrated from Europe to the US, but is already boasting over ten million registered users in the US, Facebook integration both in app and sharing with friends, and easy-to-use playlist functionality. The free version is unchecked for six months... but after that, you only get 10 hours of free tunes a month.
Features: Limited Free Ad-Supported Tier, 15 Million Songs available, Desktop App, Mobile App (Android, Blackberry and iOS, iPod), Supports Tethered Downloads, Social Integration, download or register here.
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