One of the best parts about owning a smart phone is the ability to have all of your entertainment needs literally at your fingertips. Of course, anyone who owns an iPhone knows that filling up all of those gigs of music from the iTunes store can cost a fortune. At about a dollar a download, a single playlist can often cost upwards of fifty dollars. But audiophiles need not fret. There are plenty of alternative options for satisfying your music cravings without breaking the bank.
Easily one of the best values in music, a Rhapsody subscription starts at under $10 bucks a month. Pay for a year’s subscription at once and you’ll get twelve months for around $100… a steal compared to iTunes, especially when you consider everything you get. Aside from unlimited downloads and all the music you want, you get access to interviews, music news, and tons of commercial free radio stations. Plus, Rhapsody works as its own “cloud” system, allowing you to listen to your music in the car, through your home entertainment system, on your phone and tablet, on your PC or laptop, and even through your television.
If completely free is more your style, Pandora has you covered. Create a personal radio station by selecting the artists you enjoy listening to, and let Pandora do the rest. Every time a song plays, you have the option to rate it, which means that the longer you listen, the more customized your station becomes. A great alternative to old-school radio, Pandora is one of the only places where jazz, country, classic rock and Euro pop can all live on the same station.
I Heart Radio
Another way to get your music gratis is to download the I Heart Radio app. I Heart gives you instant access to radio stations from across the country. From sports talk to classical (and everything in between) you can switch back and forth between stations at the swipe of a finger. What’s more, you can even program your favorite station to start automatically every time you open the application.