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    Last.fm

    Last.fm is a music community website that offers personalized internet radio, using a recommendation system called "Audioscrobbler" to build a detailed profile...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone BSD Kindle Fire

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    Google Play Music

    Google Play Music, a service available for people who have a Google account, lets people upload their personal music collection and access it instantly on the web or any...

    Freemium Web Android iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet ... iPad Android Wear

  • Pandora icon

    Pandora

    Pandora Radio is a free (ad-supported) internet radio founded in 2000. Using the Music Genome Project, over 400 attributes of songs are analyzed in order to personalize...

    Freemium Mac Windows Web Android iPhone ... Blackberry Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch tvOS Kindle Fire

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    Rhythmbox

    Rhythmbox is an audio player for Linux that plays and organizes digital music. Inspired by Apple's iTunes, it is free software...

    Open Source Linux BSD

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    Banshee

    Play your music and videos. Stay entertained and up to date with podcasts and video podcasts. Discover new music with Last.fm radio....

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    • Discontinued No new releases and features since 2014. Latest versions, 2.6.2 (stable) and 2.9.1 (development), released in February and March 2014, are still working and can be downloaded from the official website.
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    Quod Libet

    A extensible Music player with Podcast support, web radio, playlists and many more. As it is written in Python, writing new plug-ins is really easy.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Debian Xfce

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    Apple Music

    To bring you more music than ever with access to millions of songs. To give you personal recommendations from people who know and love music. To deepen the connection...

    Commercial Mac Windows Android iPhone iPad

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    gPodder

    gPodder downloads and manages free audio and video content ("podcasts") for you. Listen directly on your computer or on your mobile devices. Available for...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android S60 ... BSD Blackberry 10 PlayBook PortableApps.com Xfce

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    aTunes

    aTunes is a full-featured audio player and manager, developed in Java programming language, so it can be executed on different platforms: Windows, Linux and Unix-like...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued last update: 22. June 2014

Napster Comments

I listen to a lot of music at my computer, and using a serv ...

Comment by jj00
about Napster Jun 2011

I listen to a lot of music at my computer, and using a service like Napster is a huge convenience. It's like having Pandora except you can play anything you like, even an entire album. I should note that I only use the streaming part of the service with their desktop app (not easy to find on their website). I used to be a Rhapsody subscriber, but Napster is cheaper at $5/month and offers 5 free mp3 downloads per month with it. In my opinion, Rhapsody has a larger library but Napster is close enough and much cheaper.

I exclusively use their desktop app, I really can't stand their web app. The biggest thing to know about Napster is that they are low-budget: you get a cheaper price, but their selection, software, and feature-set somewhat lags behind some of it's competition.

My biggest wishes for the service would be that they get access on Tivo (like Rhapsody), and work towards improving their desktop app. It's obvious that they want to keep costs low, and their desktop app will never compare to the iTunes of the world - they should looks toward improving it in other ways. Either focus on being a plugin for the likes of Songbird, Winamp, etc, or open-source the app and allow it to grow into a more general media player / music organizer.

Sorry about the soapbox at the end.

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