One of the major functions of the iPhone and iPod touch is, of course, music playback. The iTunes app has been designed in such a way to take advantage of the iPhone's touchscreen. But what if you want to listen to music that doesn't reside in your iTunes library, or you want to discover new music while not sitting in front of a computer? Thanks to the incredible success of the App Store, there are plenty of ways now to access streaming music even when you don't have the files. Not everyone knows what options are available, though—either that, or there are so many options that sifting through everything can be tedious. For these reasons, we are offering the top five ways we here at Ars like listening to music on the iPhone without using iTunes. Pandora seems like the obvious choice, and it is. Pandora is a streaming music service based on the Music Genome Project that has become wildly popular on the Web and now has a pretty successful free iPhone app.
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In the strongest attempt yet to create a legitimate alternative to free music-trading sites, America Online will introduce a service today that lets users download and listen to a large catalog of songs. Moving songs to CD's or portable players will cost more. AOL refused to introduce MusicNet's first product a year ago, arguing that it was too hard to use and did not have enough music. Now AOL says that the service has improved enough to offer it to its 27 million members. That represents the most important test yet for the concept of selling music as a subscription service rather than as discrete discs. For AOL, MusicNet also represents a crucial part of its strategy to increase its tiny share of the market for Internet users who connect over high-speed, or broadband, connections. AOL is already promoting its free music content, which includes hundreds of songs, videos and original recordings of musicians.
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Unlike other pay per download services, AOL Music Now lets users play as many songs and music videos as they want, in their entirety and on-demand. As long as they maintain a portable tier subscription, users can access music and videos they have transferred from AOL Music Now to their PCs and compatible portable devices. Additionally, AOL is introducing powerful community and personalization capabilities that make it easy for users to discover and listen to music that is right for them. AOL Music Now is the first and only online music service to offer unlimited music video playback and download rolled into the subscription service so that users don't have to pay for every download. Music videos are also available for a la carte purchase to subscribers and non-subscribers alike. And, with best-in-class personalization and automated discovery features, it's easy for music lovers to navigate the thousands of mixes, playlists and radio stations the service offers," said Amit Shafrir, President, AOL Music Now. It's as simple as pushing play.