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These are the 10 most popular music streaming services

Published Aug 14th, 2014 8:15PM EDT
Top 10 Music Streaming Services

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Listening to unlimited music within the confines of the law is now possible thanks to the advent of music streaming services, but deciding which service to use is becomingly increasingly complicated. Writing for Time, FindTheBest declares that there are currently 102 individual streaming services on the market that allow users to stream music for as long as they want — some for free, others for a low monthly fee.

There are countless subtle differences between each service (some allow you to select your music on-demand, others function more like radio stations), but at the end of the day, they all exist to serve the purpose: deliver streaming music. Rather than try to rank the services by what they offer or how much they cost, FindTheBest has chosen the top 10 services based on consumer awareness.

These are the 10 music streaming services that everyone knows about:

  1. Pandora
  2. iHeart Radio
  3. iTunes Radio
  4. Rhapsody
  5. Spotify
  6. Google Play Music
  7. Slacker
  9. TuneIn Radio

Pandora and iHeart Radio have become synonymous with terrestrial radio, Spotify and Google Play Music are reinventing on-demand music, but some of the other names come as a bit of a surprise.

Opened in 2001, Rhapsody is ancient in Internet years, but after a successful independent relaunch and the acquisition of Napster, the company turned things around and has retained 40% consumer awareness. Slacker is a radio service that has a lot to offer, but never managed to reach the heights of Pandora (and was quickly overtaken by iTunes Radio), yet it still made its way into the middle of the top 10 services list with 14% awareness.

For more on each service, head to Time and read the full list.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.