All plans offer an ad-free experience, the ability to download 100,000 songs to your library, see what your friends are listening to, original shows, concerts, and exclusives, live on-demand radio stations hosted by artists, and more.
To listen to music offline, it is necessary to download tracks. There is a bit of a catch though. While the app itself is free, you cannot download music or podcasts unless you upgrade to Premium for $9.99 month.
Again, as with Spotify, you can download the Deezer app for free and begin using it. But you cannot enjoy an ad-free experience or download music and listen offline unless you upgrade to Deezer Premium for $9.99 monthly.
Their app is free to download, and it gives you access to unlimited music, expert curated playlists, personalized smart recommendations, lyrics, exclusive content, original shows & podcasts, and more.
Google Home is a line of smart speakers with numerous features and interesting functions. Although smart speakers have evolved over the years, one of the most frequently used options is playing music. All major music streaming services are available on Google Home. However, they all cost money, and many people are looking to stream music for free.
YouTube Music features a free and paid version, and both are available on Google Home devices. If you want to listen to music on your Google Home speaker for free, you can try the free version. However, keep in mind that this version contains ads.
Finding a completely unlimited music listening experience can be a real challenge. Most music streaming services offer free and paid tiers, but place restrictions on the features available in the free plan. Spotify's free package, for example, doesn't offer the highest quality audio and only lets you listen on shuffle when using mobile.
AccuRadio is an online music streaming service curated entirely by humans rather than by bots and algorithms. The site has been online since 2000 and has now grown into more than 1,000 curated radio channels across more than 50 different musical genres.
Cliggo is a great free Spotify alternative. It doesn't have some of the premium features you get with Spotify (like offline listening), but it gives you the option to create and save playlists and listen to genre radio stations. As you navigate the website to look for additional music to add to your playlists, playback will not be interrupted.
Jango is another unlimited music streaming service that offers mobile apps and genre and artist radio stations. The service is not completely ad-free, but the developer claims you'll only have to listen to one ad per day, so it deserves a spot on this list.
Like Spotify, Pandora has both a free and a paid tier. The free service is ad-supported, but offers personalized music radio stations, the ability to search and play any song on the platform (as long as you listen to one ad), and unlimited track skips. You cannot listen offline or make/share playlists on the free tier.
You can use Hype Machine to find new and up-and-coming artists as well as remixes of established artists. You can select to listen to music according to genre or artist, add songs to your favorites, and create a personalized music stream. The service has accompanying free apps for both Android and iOS.
YouTube is a great source for all kinds of music. It's even easy to distribute your own music. You can find the latest hits, classic tracks, new music, and content from every genre under the sun. There are also Chrome extensions that make it easy to plug into the site's endless music collection without needing to visit YouTube.com.
The site also has a leg up on services like Spotify and Apple Music, with artists happy to upload their videos for the public to watch for free. You'll even often find artists' top tracks and albums that are not available on other music streaming services.
That's because Soundzabound provides access to a huge library of royalty-free music, audio themes, and sound effects for students between the K12 and university levels. Because the music is royalty-free, you can also upload it to services like Facebook and YouTube without being censored.
Truly free, unlimited music streaming services are hard to come by. There's almost always a catch. These services give you a combination of radio and playlist options, and music ranging from new and obscure artists to established chart-toppers.
Mostly known for its live comedy shows like Les Grosses Têtes (a daily show dedicated to news and culture), RTL (formerly Radio Luxembourg) is also the perfect general-interest radio to catch up with news and hear the latest hits from France and abroad.
Remaking previous hits has long been a staple in commercial pop music. It is a formula that has repeatedly proven successful for both well-known and newly-emerging artists. A tune's commercial value increases if it can appeal, in a repackaged version, to a new audience. In producing such a tune, record companies carefully manipulate style features in order to guarantee successful acceptance within the target demographic. The medium that most easily delivers this music to an audience is radio.
Record companies and radio stations share a symbiotic relationship. Record companies generate sales through free exposure of their records on radio stations, and the stations that play hits score good ratings, thus insuring their ability to sell more advertising.1 Essential to this relationship is the broadcast format, defined by Rothenbuhler and McCourt as a \"style, genre, or system that defines the musical or informational boundaries of what a station will present and its overall approach to programming.\"2
Thus, the format is an \"ideal reality,\"13 designed and cultivated by the radio industry as a way to \"manage audiences\" and \"sell air time to advertisers.\"14 In fact, you could say that the primary commodity in this arena is the audience itself, created by radio and sold to advertisers. Music plays an important role in this exchange, since \"stations play music that is designed to lead the target audience to the commercials . . . .\"15
Parton has an impressive track record of crossover hits. As with many of her other recordings at that time, Downtown was positioned as a crossover tune targeting more broad-based formats like Adult Contemporary in addition to Country. Due to the crossover mentality infiltrating the Country format following the Urban Cowboy boom, Adult Contemporary and Country had evolved similar characteristics. Adult Contemporary was aiming at the 25-50 year-old demographic by playing \"less abrasive contemporary hits.\" Country, meanwhile, was walking a tightrope with a similar age group, playing it \"fairly conservatively [so as not to lose its older core audience] while trying to appeal to younger types.\"23 As a result, conservative familiar-sounding music became the norm.
If the mass audience's sole exposure to stylistic variety is mediated by commercial radio, then the controlling influence of format conformity attains power as a pedagogical force. It teaches record producers that a tune's success with consumers depends upon its ability to speak demographically and psychographically, triggering calculated responses (favorable to the music industry) in an audience that has been studied in detail by industry analysts. It teaches listeners about stylistic norms: what's in fashion, and thus what's passé; what's acceptable and appropriate, and thus what's deviant and unacceptable; what's musically possible, and thus what's not possible. Format conformity cultivates the kind of reality necessary for its continued survival.
22Ultimately, this proved to be financially unsuccessful. As country hits more and more \"crossed over\" into other formats and started sounding more like music played on Adult Contemporary and Rock stations, the traditional core country audience felt that something was missing. In the mid-1980s this prompted a return to more roots-oriented country music, represented by artists such as Ricky Skaggs, the Judds, and Dwight Yoakam (Sanjek, 262).
31\"Listeners want reliability and reassurance from radio stations. They expect to hear their favorite song, or a bunch of others that sound a lot like it. The number of listeners who would be dazzled by inspired eclecticism is vastly exceeded by those who want to hear the top ten pop, country, urban, or rock hits\" (Barnes, 44). 59ce067264