Free streaming music can be listened to online through sites and services like Spotify, Pandora, Mixcloud, SoundCloud and Slacker Radio. The number of tracks available for free, advertisements, song library and customizability depend on the individual service.
Users can search for and listen to specific songs and artists on Spotify. Pandora does not have this feature, but instead lets users create streaming radio stations based on a chosen song, artist or genre. Stations can be customized further by liking or disliking songs that play. Both Spotify and Pandora play intermittent ads for free subscribers, as does Slacker Radio.
Mixcloud has more long tracks and is a popular choice for EDM, hip hop and jazz fans. SoundCloud lets users both listen to and upload music, making it the best streaming service for finding new artists.