music options?

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  1. heycal macrumors 6502a

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    I'm using an iphone 4, and recently decided I'd like to listen to music when I walk or run. Never really used a phone for music before, so new to this world. The two options I've figured out so far, listening to songs from my itunes library, or listening to 'radio stations' playing the type of music I like, both have drawbacks -- I'm sick of my itunes library songs, and the radio stations have commercials, get spotty reception while out wandering around and can be otherwise glitchy, and don't have tons of songs anyway.

    My ideal scenario is some app or service that provides a huge collection of commerical-free music in the genres I'm interested in, such as 1960's rock and roll, or 70's pop music, with no reception or listening quality issues, and ideally one where I can skip the songs I don't like.

    My cable TV offers something similar to this, commerical free music stations playing random songs in different genres. I like it a lot, although I can't fast forward.

    Anything similar available for iphone?
     
  2. madsci954 macrumors 68030

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    iTunes Radio, Pandora, Spotify to name a few. However, these have ads unless you pay a subscription.
     
  3. heycal thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I might be willing to pay a small fee if any of these could deliver the following: Tons of random songs in my chosen genre without any reception problems while I wander through the woods or run on trails. I would think anything dependent on wi-fi might be an issue? Not sure -- the technology aspect of things is definitely over my head.

    My only experiences with this stuff so far is with itunes radio, and it has not been good. Sometimes won't work at all, stops for no apparent reason, etc. I'm looking for something that offers me the same dependability and quality as my own itunes library if possible.
     
  4. iMacBooked macrumors 6502a

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    Then I would go for Spotify.
     
  5. heycal thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'll look into it, thanks.

    What about the wi-fi issue? Do these services need wi-fi reception to stream the music, or will regular cell service do it fine?
     
  6. iMacBooked macrumors 6502a

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    Both will work fine.
     
  7. heycal thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Looked at the descriptions of it. They seemed to imply that the paid version would be better quality, but 10 dollars a month is more than a small fee in my book. I was thinking more like 4.99 for a lifetime of use as a 'small fee':)
     
  8. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Nobody is offering a $5 lifetime subscription to a huge library of music. It just isn't going to happen.

    iTunes radio is free, it should work fine over cellular data.

    I pay $8 a month for Google Music All access(I believe the current price is $10 a month). This gives me the ability to store 20,000 of my own songs online AND access to the whole google music library.

    If you have poor coverage where you live, none of the streaming options are going to work well for you.
     
  9. nburwell macrumors 68040

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    $10 is around the price you're going to pay for a subscription service like Spotify, Rdio, Beats, etc.

    Spotify does offer a student subscription to it's premium service, but you obviously need to be student to receive the discount.
     
  10. BJMRamage macrumors 68020

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    Cell Service could be an issue with this but unless you are listening straight from your device...all streaming services will be spotty if no or little cell service.

    Look up Radio stations that you like and see if they have an app or streaming service.

    I like WTMD (a local college station) and they have an app to listen to the radio live or their second stream. They will have commercials but the College radio doesn't have NEARLY the same amount as a regular (Infinity-backed) radio station.

    Go to the library and get more CDs and import into iTunes? buy more music?
     
  11. madsci954 macrumors 68030

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    This will rely more on your cellular coverage than the app or service. IF you have crappy coverage, all the streaming services will be bad.
     
  12. heycal thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the info, guys. I'll figure something out now that I have a better grasp of the options.
     
  13. Scarpad macrumors 68000

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    If you pay the $25 yearly fee for ITunes Match then ITunes Radio is Commercial Free, I use it and it works fine over wifi or 4g
     
  14. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    Yup. Woods and trails typically aren't outfitted with WiFi.
     
  15. heycal thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Perhaps the iphone 4 I'm using is suffering from lack of 4G and that's contributing to my reception issues?

    I'm a little uncertain about how to handle the settings when I leave the house. Should I be turning off the wi-fi when I go out to walk or run in woods or trails and want to listen to radio or podcasts? Leaving it on? Same with the GPS walking trackers -- some apps advise turning off wi-fi -- but then iphone gives a prompt advising to turn wi-fi on for better accuracy. (Not that either way seems to deliver great precision.)

    I notice both with the itunes radio and the podcasts I listen to, they often seem hard to get started, and turn off for unknown reasons, and I have to keep hitting buttons until they get going again, though they usually come around and play out okay after bit of futzing. This is particulary weird for the podcasts, since I'm listening to episodes I had previously downloaded, and I would think that reception issues or wi-fi or celllular data issues wouldn't come into play at all.

    Can someone illuminate what might be going on here?
     
  16. iolinux333 macrumors 68000

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    Try ooTunes or TuneIn, select low bitrate streams. You'll be amused for years, for free.
     
  17. heycal thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone know whether you should turn off your wifi or leave it on when you go out walking or trail running, or whether it matters for things like music streaming and gps tracking?
     
  18. Menel macrumors 603

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    They all cost. But Beats Music, Google Music, and Spotify all have huge commercial libraries.

    Im going to recommend Beats or Spotify because they both have great curated playlists.

    You can toggle to cache the playlist while on wifi, storing it on your device so data connection is irrelevant.
     
  19. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Leaving Wi-Fi on will do no harm when walking or trail running. GPS is hardware based for some applications like NavFree and data based for apps like Google Maps. When connected to a Wi-Fi network, the location is more exact.

    I recommend Pandora...
     
  20. heycal thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The "Map my walk" app recommends turning wi-fi off for better accuracy. Anyone know why?
     
  21. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Same reason. Wi-Fi is easier to pin point rather than going off of Location Services over cellular data. Though the internal GPS is actually better, few apps employ that.

    Tip: if you want to use your phone as a GPS on a limited data plan, use Navfree. You download the maps beforehand for each state you need but it uses the internal hardware GPS.
     
  22. heycal thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    To reiterate, the MapmyWalk app recommends turning wi-fi OFF. Why? And should I follow their advice?
     
  23. Altemose macrumors G3

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    I would be led to believe that it is because your phone would try to jump on every hotspot that it could despite the data rate being too slow for the app.
     
  24. Menel macrumors 603

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    It could trigger iOS to report your location near a wifi accesspoint, that causes location to jitter, effecting run tracking accuracy.

    Running along a sidewalk, getting good satellite GPS. You pass a house with an accesspoint in Apple's database, your wifi chip sees it, Apple's location stream glitches you over closer to it overwriting GPS data. *shrug*. Grasping at straws.
     
  25. Givmeabrek macrumors 68030

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    If you are an Amazon Prime member they have a new service called Prime Music. Free with no ads! Online or stream to your phone with an app.
     

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