I’m a big fan of listening to music while working. I almost always have my headphones in if I’m working on something that doesn’t require talking. Unfortunately, I have the most discrete pair of black in-ear headphones that seem to blend in with my body. Oops. I promise I don’t mean to be rude! A little tap on the shoulder or a quick Skype IM is all it takes to have my undivided attention. 🙂
I used to love Songza. It was my jam! I loved their playlists – they had something for every genre or mood – but they were recently acquired by Google Play Music. They tried to keep the user experience similar to what it was like at Songza, but something falls short for me. Maybe I’m just making this up, but I feel like the skip limit is lower now. I tried using it at work and it kept running into issues – songs would just pause halfway through and the whole thing would break. That’s a hard no from me.
Another option, of course, is Youtube. I know lots of people who love Youtube playlists. They aren’t my favorite because if a video gets taken down (either for copyright reasons, or the user has decided to remove it), you lose the song. You don’t even get to keep the title – it just says “Deleted Track”. So if you’re like me and rely on your playlists to remember all those weird, random songs, you could find yourself out of luck. Another thing to keep in mind is that if you’re sharing internet or using your data plan on your phone, streaming video is a huge data hog.
There’s also 8tracks. It’s a bit more of an “of the people, by the people and for the people” style site. Each playlist is user-created. You can find some really neat, unique playlists on here! It lacks the option to get exactly the music you want, though. You can search a song or an artist and find a list of playlists that may or may not include them. What I do really like how, once you run out of skips, the site automatically begins playing a similar playlist. Still, it’s not quite the streaming website for me.
I haven’t given up, though… I think I’ve finally found “the one” *(insert heart-eyes emoji here).
I signed up for the free trial of Spotify, and it’s safe to say I’ll happily pay the $10/month from here on out. Not only do you have the option to browse curated playlists based on genre and mood, you can save music to “My Music” and make playlists of your own. You can also click back if you accidentally skip past a song you wanted to listen to! Plus, they have almost every song you would think of, unless you’re into some really weird stuff. If you have a Spotify account and would like to be friends, add me – karinskapski – but be warned, my taste is very eclectic. Don’t judge!
Another contender is Apple Music, which actually works on iPhone and in the iTunes interface. My partner and my boss both favor this one over other streaming services. It seems to be Apple’s answer to Spotify. It’s similar in the sense that you can search by artist, song, etc. but they also have curated playlists on the ready. I especially like that they offer a free three month trial over other services’ one month trials. I tried it on my phone a few months back, but never did use it on iTunes. It wasn’t for me, but they have a really good thing going on there.
I really do think that there is something out there for everyone. Among my friends, we all prefer different websites to stream music. These are just my personal opinions on some popular streaming websites right now.
Do you like to listen to music while you work? Which is your preferred website to stream music?