The Best Music Services Part 4
One of the things that makes online music services more interesting and useful than your iTunes library is the aspect of a Music Community. Not only can you hear good music, but you can connect with friends and others who share your tastes. This allows you to socialize about your favorite artists and see what others think and listen to. I get a lot of suggestions for new music from the people in my online music communities.
This is the 4th article in a 5 part series on the Best Music Services on the Internet. See the rest of the series:
- The Most Reliable Online Music Services
- Online Music Services with the Best Suggestion Quality
- The Best Music Discovery Service
- Best Community Driven Online Music Services
Let’s take a look at the types of community and social networking that each of these services offeres. (P.S. If you are interested in sharing musical selections with me, there are links at the bottom of the post.)
Community Features Comparison
iLike.com – iLike is allows you to share your music tastes on Facebook, Orkut, Bebo and hi5. Using the iLike application, you can add music to your profiles, be alerted to concerts and new releases by the artists you enjoy, see what music and concerts your friends like, and communicate directly with your favorite artists.
Community Quality Despite my many disappointments with iLike, the Community features are actually very solid. In fact, they’re probably the only reason to use this service. (4 Stars)
Rating: At least they got something right.
Jango.com – Allows you to share music with friends and tune in to their selections.
Community Quality : The sharing features are decent, but pretty basic. (3 Stars)
Rating: Ok, but nothing special.
Last.FM – This is another area where Last.FM shines. There are numerous ways to connect with other people the site and many popular social networks. They also include forums and groups that you can join. You can pump your listening activity out to places like Facebook, Twitter, or your blog in real-time.
Community Quality : You can connect with anyone, anywhere, on any network from Last.FM. (5 Stars)
Rating: If you’re a social networking addict, this is the service for you.
MyStrands.com – They have a bunch of ordinary stuff here, but nothing special. This is probably the only feature that doesn’t suck on this site.
Community Quality : OK, but still not enough to make me use this craptacular mess. (3 Stars)
Pandora.com – You can share playlists with your friends, but that’s about it.
Community Quality : This is the only disappointing feature of an otherwise amazing music experience. Maybe that’s why I like it, it’s simple. (2 Stars)
Rating: If you don’t care about community, this is definitely the best service out there.
Shoutcast.com – Nothing here that I can find.
Community Quality : It’s just radio as far as I can tell. (1 Star)
Rating: Man I have to make the Zero Stars image already.
Slacker.com – Nothing here either. (aside from great music)
Community Quality : Not for the Web2.0 crowd. (1 Star)
Rating: If your boss says that you’re not a team player, give this service a shot.