ITunes is only way to go for online music

Special to the HeraldJune 10, 2013 

Many students choose to listen to music while they're working to relieve the stresses of school.

Whether it's listening to Macklemore or smooth jazz, music helps students relax while working. But listening to music while working extends beyond the school environment.

The first thing that comes to people's mind when thinking about listening to music is downloading songs from iTunes. Some students say iTunes is the best invention ever and it's worth the money to buy the songs off a legit website. Other students don't see the point of spending $1.29 for a song they can listen to on other websites.

Other music websites play your favorite types of music and more.

Some students find their favorite music by accessing YouTube and searching for the song. There is one problem: Before any of the artists post the actual music video, many other YouTube users somehow find the song on the Internet and post it on YouTube. But, due to

copyright issues, the music has to be played at a certain pitch, often one that doesn't match the original.

Other sites are designed especially to play music in its correct form. But not all sites are created equal.

Kelli Bagwell, aka Ms. 8tracks, is famous for her constant use of the popular music site8tracks.com.

"It's really great and it's exposed me to a lot of different kinds of music that I wouldn't have really listened to," Bagwell said.

While exploring 8tracks, Kelli said she noticed a genre called "Electro Swing" under the trending music section.

Kelli said an Electro Swing song she listened to conjured images of a famous Gatsby party full of champagne and shimmery dresses, just like in "The Great Gatsby," a book she read for English this year.

Other popular choices with students are Songza, Grooveshark, and Pandora.

Songza: Songza creates a custom playlist based on time of day, how you're feeling and genres you like.

For example, you can get fired up with a "Pop Punk Pick-Me-Up" on a "Late Thursday Morning."

If you're trying to concentrate on homework, Songza will have a playlist of calming music so you aren't distracted. Scarlett Raven said Songza "allows me to discover great new music. I found out I really like Romanian folk music."

Grooveshark: Grooveshark allows listeners to choose their favorite artist and listen to any of their songs without commercials. Listeners can also create playlists.

Sam Hajduk said, "The broadcast section is cool because you are listening to songs or artists with a bunch of other people at the same time."

Last year, former student Charlie Githler and senior Wyatt Page created playlists. One called "Free Period" used artists such as Wiz Khalifa and Avicii! Click here to take a look!

Pandora: Pandora is a personalized Internet radio that allows you to create your own radio station based on your favorite artists and genres.

"Pandora is a really great website, but the only annoying thing is all the commercials they play," said Lauren Stewart.

All of these websites can be accessed by logging on to the mobile websites or by installing the iPhone app. If you like to listen to music while taking an evening drive around town, just get your phone and start listening.

If you're not willing to pay money to download the most popular songs on the charts, or listening to the off-tune music on YouTube, then check out these websites.

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