In the dark days of the early 1980s before the Sony Walkman arrived on North American shores, folks were known to broadcast their musical tastes far and wide courtesy of a ridiculously-large contraption called a boombox.
These days broadcasting one’s music is done largely through one of the three major music sharing services listed below. Want to know which one’s the best? Read on!
Pandora is a music sharing service which only works in the US and A — unlike the internet, which works worldwide. So thanks for stopping by, be sure to pick up your gift bag on the way out…
iLike is currently the darling of the Facebook crowd, currently boasting almost 5.5 million active users of its Fb app. Through Facebook you can find out when your favourite artists are coming to town — which is good — and spam your friends with musical trivia quizzes — which gets annoying real fast.
Last.fm also has a presence on Facebook, albeit with a relatively paltry 45,000 active users. But these folks have an ace up their sleeve — quite a few, in fact: Unlike iLike, which works only on social networks and from within iTunes, Last.fm has embraced software platforms of all kinds, including excellent clients for Nokia Internet Tablets and S60 smartphones.
As you can see in the screen grab above, I no longer have to fiddle with getting my iTunes music onto my Eseries handset. The plug-in for iTunes scrobbles my music to Last.fm, and Mobbler streams that same music to my phone. What could be easier?
The Winner: If it isn’t obvious by this point Last.fm gets the nod for its multi-platform support — click here for the complete and staggering list!