I’m getting tired of using multiple music applications. Here’s my current situation:
Rhapsody – I pay for the $9.95 monthly subscription at Rhapsody in order to be able to stream any song/album to my computer. This is my primary listening method at work while I’m working, and at home since I have my computer hooked in to my house audio system. The advantage is that I have access to music I wouldn’t normally buy, or music that I want to test to see if I’d like to buy it.
iTunes – I have an iPod, so when I want to add music to it I buy it from iTunes. I also use iTunes to get podcasts to listen to. I don’t browse for new music here though, because the 30-second sound bite is highly annoying. Why can’t I pay a $9.95 monthly fee to iTunes to stream anything like I can with Rhapsody?
Last.fm – When I’m curious as to what others are listening to or want to get some recommendations based on what I’m listening to, I use Last.fm. I wish it tracked my Rhapsody listening behavior though, as I rarely listen to songs on iTunes, just on my iPod.
Pandora – This is my other outlet for discovering new music based on songs or artists I like.
So, what I’m looking for is a service that combines all of it. I want to be able to pay a monthly fee to stream anything, I want to be able to buy songs for my iPod, I want to be able to have a social aspect where I can see what others are listening to and see my history, and I want to get recommendations based on it. Is that too much to ask?
Who will be the first to do it? iTunes or Rhapsody seem like the ones with the ability to do it, but sometimes the biggest companies move slowly. Can someone sneak up and grab the music space?