How Music Streaming Devices Offer You Multiple Listening Choices
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard of streaming music channels like Pandora. Here we take a look at what these popular services do, and what types of devices they are popping up on.
Audio Streaming Changed the Facet of Music Listening
Thanks to wireless audio streaming, music lovers everywhere are now privy to thousands of songs on demand through their mobile phones, making their work commutes, gym sessions and afternoon walks all the more enjoyable. Streaming is the new way to enjoy music, and statistics prove it. According to Apple Insider, digital music sales dropped 9% last year, while streaming surged 54%. With numbers like that, it's clear that companies like Pandora, Spotify and iHeartRadio are on the right track. More and more consumers are choosing to get their music from one or more streaming music channels and everyone in the audio industry wants a piece of the pie.
Brief Insight of Multiple Listening Options Provided by These Streaming Services
To any potential streaming newbies out there, services like Pandora and Spotify have nearly unlimited music libraries that subscribers can access either for free or a small fee.
The different channels are all formatted uniquely, with each brand cultivating their own niche within the market.
Pandora, for instance, will create playlists of music based on the users initial suggestion, then streamline music choices based on user input.
Spotify on the other hand, lets a subscriber search for specific songs and artists and doesn't ask for any user feedback.
iHeartRadio chooses a different approach, by broadcasting over 1,500 live radio stations from across the United States. Like Pandora, the service encourages listener participation by letting the user give their 'thumbs up' or 'thumbs down' according to their preferences. iHeartRadio is a free service, while Pandora and Spotify both offer a commercial-free experience for a monthly fee.
Recent newcomer Tidal offers high-fidelity sound and exclusive track and music video releases at differently tiered prices. What all of these music-streaming services have in common, however, is that they offer a whole lot more music for much less than the cost of purchasing individual songs or albums.
This innovative pricing structure has lead to the overwhelming success of the streaming model. It's been so significant, in fact, that audio device manufacturers have taken notice and are now looking for ways to seamlessly integrate streaming channels into their products, specifically amongst the home audio entertainment industry.
Sure, you could log in to your Tidal account on your home PC, but chances are, those tiny speakers can't stand up to the music in a significant way. What audio enthusiasts and technologists alike are conceptualizing is high-tech wireless music-streaming services controlled and enjoyed at home through audiophile-level wireless speakers.
An example of this is the HEOS by Denon wireless speaker line. A single mobile app lets the user choose between Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio and SiriusXM, then controls any and every HEOS speaker in the user's home.
HEOS by Denon is one of many audio brands to have tackled this concept recently, and it seems like consumers are reacting positively to this development. This year's annual CES showing in Las Vegas, NV featured a large showing of wireless home speakers, and advertisements for the same are beginning to pop up on television, magazines and subway systems everywhere.
Many, many years ago, people delighted in cassette tapes and portable Walkman players. Then we marveled over compact discs and slim CD players.
And just a few short years ago, technology brought the Internet to our mobile phones and with it, music streaming. Now it seems that we've come full circle, as we look back at home audio, and forward to what that can and should look like in 2015 and beyond.
If the success of subscription streaming and the emergence of new wireless speaker technology is any indication, it seems that wireless home audio is a trend we can all anticipate to reach our living rooms sometime soon.