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Streaming music apps

Listening to your favorite song has never been so convenient. All you need is a smartphone, a pair of headphones (or a bluetooth speaker) and you're all set. Here are some cool streaming music apps:

Spotify:

This is probably the best music streaming app I've ever used. Spotify has many appealing features like creating your own playlists and following other people's. You can follow your friends as well as your favorite artists. Oh, and it's free (although you will suffer through ads but if you pay $10 a month you get to listen to it anywhere, on any device and without wi-fi - as long as you've saved to your playlists). The only thing I dislike about it is you have to add a song to a playlist in order to save it. Sometimes I want to save a song to a library and not create an entire playlist. Alas, the features and ability to play any song you want at-will is pretty nice!

Pandora:

Another free, easy and satisfying app is Pandora. Type in a favorite artist or song and they'll create a personalized station for you. Not so sure about that song that just came on? You can refine the station algorithm by "thumbing-up" and "thumbing-down" songs to help the platform learn more about your musical tastes or simply skip the song. Pandora is perfect for background music while you're at the office working. I've discovered many new songs and artists through this app. At times I find the playlists to be repetitive and the ads can be annoying, but overall this is a great app and definitely the easiest when you're on the go.

Stereomood:

Feeling sad? Happy? Energetic? There's a playlist for that. Stereomood can probably name your mood and match a playlist they've created to go with it. I love this app, as matching my mood with music is awesome. This is definitely a creative app, but it doesn't have the broadest selection. If you're looking for a specific song by a specific artist, this wouldn't be the place to find it. However, if you're getting ready to go out with friends, download Stereomood and listen to the "pump up the volume" playlist.

Rdio:

Although I haven't used this one much, I've heard nothing but good things about it. Not to knock Spotify, but according to the New York Times, it's the best music app out there. Apparently the usability and design are very well done. I'll definitely have to check it out.

Midoimi:

Have you ever heard a catchy song in a store or a restaurant, but had no idea what it was? You leave, the song's stuck in your head and you want to go home and download it, but you Google the few lyrics you remember and.. nothing. This happens to me a lot, which is why I love the idea behind this app. Just open up Midoimi when you hear that song and it'll identify the name and artist. This may sound a little bit like Shazam, which it is...just better! Get this: You can also sing the song to the app and even if you're not the best singer (I'm not), it'll still identify that song.

What are some of the streaming music apps that you use?

About the author: Shana is a friend of House Party. She enjoys hiking, traveling, and concerts. Her party tip: Dessert, specifically chocolate.

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