How to Find the Right Online Radio Service for You

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.

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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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