Pandora.com and iHeart.com are two websites that allow a user to listen to free,streaming music without downloading. Both of these websites also have downloadable app versions.
Pandora offers free, streaming music at Pandora.com and through its downloadable app. Users must sign up for the service with an email and password. The basic Pandora package is free. Users can select a station from over 30 available genres including top hits, comedy, reggae and country. There is also the option to enter an artist or song title and allow Pandora to create a customized station filled with similar genre artists or songs.
Pandora saves the user's stations and plays them on shuffle. Users can further customize the experience by giving songs a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down." Pandora uses these preferences to add or take away similar tracks from the station. Intermittent commercials play on each station, but for $4.99 a month, users can listen to Pandora without commercials.
An alternative to Pandora is iHeartRadio, which is available at iHeart.com or via an app. Unlike Pandora, a user can listen to live radio stations from around the country sorted by local area such as Z100 out of New York City or 95KSG out of Mobile, Alabama. Similiar to Pandora, users must make an account via email, Google Plus, or Facebook to create custom stations by genre or artist. iHeartRadio also has advertisements and the ability to give songs a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down."