For approximately one year, there have been a lot of build-ups whether people actually need a new streaming music service on the internet. Just last Wednesday, Apple released its new iTunes Radio – along with the release of other products such as iPhone5S, iPhone5C and iOS7 – and it seems that the answer to all those questions is a resounding “yes”. For one, it corrects the downsides that can be found in other music streaming services such as Pandora, Spotify and Slacker’s radio applications.
Specifically, Pandora is great when users are more interested in creating stations for individual musical artists. They can cultivate how popular it can get or set it and just forget it for other users to use. However, Pandora also has one of the lowest numbers of available songs in its platform with only a million tracks for streaming. According to the company, they are not yet into investing in music that people are not really interested in.
Furthermore, users can also create playlists at Slacker and just forget it. In itself, Slacker has 300 internal radio stations while users can add more by creating their own depending on their favorite artists. Notably, Slacker has more available songs than Pandora. Obviously, individual music streaming services such as these work great but only for specific functions. It still has blind spots that needed to be configured.
In terms of the services that they offer, Spotify can let users play music from almost any song, artist and album which are currently trending. However, they have a radio feature that can be less likely desirable. It has internal radio stations in itself but for a platform with 20 million songs, users still get a lot of repeats as if there’s not a variety of songs to choose from.
On the other hand, the new iTunes Radio service has Featured Stations which are useful if users are interested in looking for new artists or less popular songs. It has a music library which is obviously larger than Pandora. Also, buying songs directly from the application is a simple process. Unfortunately, the new iTunes Radio does not have options such as talk radio, news or even sports. Also, the option to access live Internet radio streams is only available in the United States. But all-in-all, it seems that iTunes Radio is the best application for programmed radio on the iOS operating system.