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Streaming audio is more popular than ever. Spotify, Rdio, MOG, Rhapsody, and Pandora are just some of the popular services you can use. Today I’d like to learn about your favorite Internet audio services and why you use them. Are you stuck on Pandora out of habit? Did seeing your Facebook friends use Spotify or Rdio influence you at all? Perhaps Dr. Dre (gangsta) threatened you into using MOG. Or do you not care about streaming audio at all?
As for me, I was a Pandora user back in the day and played around with Spotify a bit in 2011. While the social aspects of streaming music are cool, I haven’t found a service that I really like (yet). For the most part, I buy music from Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play. I like having the file on my physical devices and being able to stream it through Amazon Cloud Player or Google Music.
From what I understand, artists get more money from file purchases than stream listens (though I also understand it’s a small amount of money vs. a tiny amount of money). As a former (crappy) musician and something of an artist (verbal entertainers are artisans, right?), I feel better about more of my money going to the talent.
Having said all that, I’m willing to give any Internet radio service a go. That’s where you and your thoughtful recommendations come in! What’s your favorite streaming audio service and why?