Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 24th Aug 2010 02:06 UTC
Multimedia, AV Earlier today I bought a $10 album from iTumes, which I wish I hadn't. The reviews were glorious, and the previews not indicative. Listening to the album all I could hear was hipster drivel. Obviously, I wanted my money back. Well, bad luck. iTunes won't give refunds. I tweeted about it, and a friend suggested Rdio. Rdio, a brand new streaming service, currently offers a 3-day free trial -- without the need for a credit card. For $5 let's you stream their huge library on your desktop via an Adobe AIR app or browser, and for $10 let's you also stream from Android/BBerry/iOS, plus be able to sync your music with you offline on these devices. Unlike Last.fm and Pandora, Rdio let's you stream on-demand.
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Grooveshark and Spotify are free
by kragil on Tue 24th Aug 2010 04:47 UTC
kragil
Member since:
2006-01-04

Grooveshark and Spotify are good alternatives. The Spotify app is really nice, it lets you star and queue songs, it is lightweight, fast and has lots of infos and links etc. But some stupid artists like ACDC and Metallica and I think Sony stuff are not on there.

Grooveshark has everything everywhere, but their website is just one big and ugly flash blob. (The amazing thing is that Grooveshark seems legal in Germany. Major news outlets touting it as a Spotify alternative.)
And you can rip songs really easy from both.(Ripping internet radio is even encouraged by the government. Only filesharing is portrait as the devil reincarnate, which is totally stupid obviously)

Reply Score: 5

roracle Member since:
2009-05-14

Grooveshark is three bucks a month for their VIP (as they call it) and it's fantastic. It may not be the best streaming, it's really worthwhile for it's price. I'd like to try other ones too.

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pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

Yup, Grooveshark FTW. Even the free version is great, but if you pay 3$/month you get a desktop app and a mobile app.

I really hate sites like Rdio and Last.fm that are only available in the US. Really useless.

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Timmmm Member since:
2006-07-25

Apparently the mobile app won't remain free for ever (i.e. you'll have to pay more than $3/month).

Otherwise it sounds like an awesome deal.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Grooveshark and Spotify are good alternatives. The Spotify app is really nice, it lets you star and queue songs, it is lightweight, fast and has lots of infos and links etc.

Agreed. Spotify does all the stuff Rdio does and more and their client is really lightweight and stable while still managing to do all the most important features. Equally as Rdio so does Spotify also offer mobile phone support and these days there are several Linux clients in development too.

But the best thing about Spotify? It's available almost everywhere.

But some stupid artists like ACDC and Metallica and I think Sony stuff are not on there.

Actually AC/DC is there, I just checked. Do remember the forward slash if you search for it, it's not "ACDC." Metallica seems to have only one album released in 2006, I'm just glad I don't listen to them ;)

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kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Look a little closer.

In my Spotify there is only Gone Shootin' from AC/DC (on the Beavis and Butt-Head Do America OST), there is also Back in Black, but it is ??broken??.

And the Metallica album you mention is only a tribute album.

ONE song is not enough and there are a lot other artists that are not on Spotify.

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KLU9 Member since:
2006-12-06

But the best thing about Spotify? It's available almost everywhere.


By "almost everywhere", do you mean a grand total of 7 countries?

http://www.spotify.com/int/help/faq/availability/

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