Free music is available online from services such as Pandora, iHeartRadio and Spotify. Most of these services work for the cost of listening to advertisements but provide ad-free music for paid members. These services are available on many devices, including mobile phones, tablets, computers and smart TVs.
Pandora allows users to create custom radio stations by entering the songs, genres, albums and artists they are interested in. The service then delivers songs it determines users want to hear. Users listen for free with the use of ads or subscribe to remove them. With 70 percent brand awareness and 76 million users as of 2015, Pandora is the most recognized music streaming service.
Unlike most free online music services which offer songs at the cost of advertisements, iHeartRadio is completely free of ads. However, while the service allows users to select genres and choose stations to listen to, it is not as easy to use as Pandora and cannot provide a specific requested song like Spotify.
Spotify offers on-demand music to its users by allowing them to pick and choose the songs and albums they want to hear or add to their playlists. Listeners may use the service for free with the inclusion of advertisements or subscribe to listen ad-free.