In online music world things just keep getting better, with so many cool services available there is almost nothing you can’t do anymore whether you need personalized DJ or virtual ipod with 125K songs or even access your computer library remotely it’s all there and the best part it’s free. The way I see it there are 3 main types of services that you may want to use…
- Interactive webradios – here you get dynamic playlists based on your music preferences
- Virtual libraries – these are my favorite, here you simply search for songs in database and create virtual playlists that can be accessed from anywhere and sometimes shared with others
- Remote access – directly access your music library remotely
Eventhough these two services have lots of different features they both function as personal radio channels. On pandora you can create dynamic playlists (aka radiostations) by simply entering favorite song, artist or album. For instance, try creating radiostation using keyword ’eminem’ and you’ll get dynamic playlist with mainly hip hop artists including eminem(more on pandora). When it comes to Musicovery there is no option to create playlists but on the other hand you can specify what you would like to hear by selecting genre (reggae, hip hop, pop, …), mood (energetic, calm, etc) and even specify time frame (60s, 70s, …). Coolest part about Musicovery is its amazing graphical tool displaying similar songs around whatever is playing at the moment, definitely check it out.
I have already reviewed blogmusik before(here), actually it’s been my favorite service since I’ve discovered it. Both blogmusik and Radio.blog.club let you quickly find favorite songs, create and save playlists and listen to them online whenever and wherever. Only feature difference I see is that unlike blogmusik, radioblogclub lets you share your playlists with others. However when it comes to how user friendly website is blogmusik’s ipod like look and functionality outweighs all of radioblogclub extras. So choose, design vs. sharing
At the end, whenever you’re away, at work, lecture or friend’s house and looking for some music nothing can be better then accessing your own library remotely. I have done some research on this and tested several tools and could not find anything even remotely good. It’s either very slow or too complicated to be published in short article. My most satisfactory tool was recently released winamp remote. In case you want to access your music library remotely you may try it. Setup process is rather simple; run installation file, complete registration prompt somewhere in the middle and after it’s ready make sure to access settings and specify music folder that you want to be remotely accessible. Once done go to winamp remote home and check it out. In case you’ll see your library but experience streaming problems check out streaming settings from account admin panel.
That’s mainly it. In case you’re looking for something more complicated check out this article about how to share your music via itunes.