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How to Find the Right Online Radio Service for You

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Your iTunes library may be extensive, but it can't offer intelligent recommendation engines, access from any location, or the ability to stream millions of songs from the cloud. Instead, try one of these five services.

Mog

What it does: Lets you access one of the largest digital song catalogs (with great audio fidelity) via an intuitive interface that's as easy to navigate on a smartphone as it is in a Web browser.
Who it's for: The hard-core music junkie
Number of tracks: More than 10 million
What it costs: Per month, $5 for Web; $10 for Web and mobile
Similar services: Spotify, Rdio

Slacker Radio

What it does: Puts the "person" into personalized playlists by combining a predictive algorithm with actual old-school DJs to curate songs for an ever-growing lineup of more than 100 stations.
Who it's for: The casual listener
Number of tracks: Around 4 million
What it costs: Free ($5 per month for bonus features)
Similar services: Pandora, Mufin

Last.fm

What it does: Its Scrobbler technology tracks every tune played by you and 40 million fellow listeners to offer uncannily smart suggestions about what you should listen to next.
Who it's for: The social networker
Number of tracks: More than 10 million
What it costs: Free
Similar services: Musicovery

The Hype Machine

What it does: A blog aggregator and streaming-radio service rolled into one, it showcases the underground songs of the moment that will become the hits of tomorrow.
Who it's for: The trend hunter
Number of tracks: More than 500 added daily
What it costs: Free
Similar services: Elbow

Tunein Radio

What it does: Updates traditional radio by letting you browse, listen to, bookmark, record, and even fast-forward through tens of thousands of local, international, and online-only stations.
Who it's for: The tech-savvy nostalgist
Number of tracks: No fixed number, but includes 40,000 stations
What it costs: $2 for iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch app
Similar services: Live365, SHOUTcast

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