Streaming Services

Music streaming services are getting better – better quality, better integration with social networking, better selections.

Spotify
Spotify has free streaming of a huge collection of music. I’ve found it invaluable for research purposes. Integrates well with social media.

Amazon Prime
A subscription to Amazon Prime will get you the Amazon Prime streaming service. This is a huge library – I have tried it and liked it quite a bit, but you have to decide if you want to pay for prime.

Apple Music
Just type this into a search engine – if you have iTunes, you will be directed to your iTunes app. This is very new so not a great deal of info, but obviously a huge catalogue.

iTunes Radio
I have used iTunes Radio, and really love it. Like most of the other streaming services, you have the ability to create your own stations.

Google Play
Obviously a huge catalogue, the ability to make your own radio stations as well as listen to Google’s own playlists.

Pandora
Pandora fulfills a different need than Spotify. Pandora uses algorithms based on your musical selections to create radio stations for you with music Pandora thinks you will like. The more you listen, the more accurate Pandora becomes. Really a fun way to introduce yourself to new music.

ClassicsOnline
Classical music streaming service in HD.

Rdio
This is another streaming service. I haven’t tried it, but it has gotten some good reviews.

Songza
My daughter is a big fan of Songza, and was the person who first introduced me. Worth a look.

MCTC Libraries
The MCTC Library site has subscriptions to several wonderful music databases, including Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music, Garland Encyclopedia of Contemporary World Music, Jazz Music Library, Music Online, Smithsonian Global Sound and more. These are incredible resources. To find these links, go to the MCTC Library home page by clicking the link above, click “media” on the right hand menu bar, then “electronic media – audio”, and the list of resources will come up.

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