Audiophiles seek versatile apps in crowded market

The days of listening to music on YouTube as the primary streaming source is slowly fading as smartphone apps are being created, giving music enthusiasts the opportunity to listen to their favorite bands 
on the go.

Some of the preferred applications by students are Rdio, Spotify and Pandora. Mona Figueroa, sophomore liberal studies major, said she prefers Rdio because it can be a mix of Pandora and Spotify.

Like other music apps, Rdio picks songs according to music the user listens to and suggests similar music. The service is an alternative to the popular streaming service Pandora.

“You get a free trial on your laptop, but anything mobile you have to pay for,” Figueroa said.

Rdio contains nearly 35 million tracks and offers unlimited streaming. Users have the ability to create a profile and follow artists in order to  enhance their own personal music taste. The application was created in 2010 by Janus Friis, the co-creator of the online application Skype.

Spotify can be considered the most popular of all the music applications. Spotify Premium is priced at $10 a month. The streaming service allows songs to be downloaded onto the smartphone to be played when offline.

“Spotify is my go-to,” said Jonathan Gradias, senior health education major. “I either mooch off my friend’s premium account or suffer through the occasional advertisements.”

The streaming service allows users to select their own songs and albums to listen to instead of curating a radio station. Spotify was founded in late 2008.

Pandora streams songs or artists similar to the one chosen. With feedback from the user, the users preferred song choices become more accurate since the service was created in 2000. Other apps include Google Play Music, 8Tracks and Songza.

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