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5 awesome alternatives to Spotify and Pandora

Published Jul 31st, 2014 4:01PM EDT
Best Music Streaming Services

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When we think about music streaming services, we typically think of either the ones being offered by tech giants such as Google and Apple, or we think of the ever-popular third-party apps such as Spotify and Pandora. However, LifeHacker’s Alan Henry has put together a great list of music streaming services that he says you should use instead of the service you’re currently addicted to.

What makes these services superior to Spotify and Pandora? To take one example, Noon Pacific is a unique service that will send you a playlist full of songs once a week at noon Pacific time that highlight brand-new music that it thinks you will like. As Henry tells it, Noon Pacific is great because it takes all of the work out of finding new music by offering “a good hour of great new music hand picked, curated, and delivered right to you.”

The Hype Machine, meanwhile, does a terrific job of aggregating the highest trending tracks that have been posted on trend-setting music blogs to give you a sense not only of what’s popular now but what’s going to be popular in a month.

Those are just two of Henry’s great recommendations. To learn about all the rest, you should really read his whole piece by clicking the source link below.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.