There's a struggle going on for control of your streaming music service, and I'm not referring to Spotify vs. Beats or the battle to get more subscribers. The battle is over how much listeners get to - or perhaps more accurately, how much listeners even want to - control the music they listen to.
This Wired chart rates the spectrum of available music control from iHeartRadio and Pandora (choices are made for the listener) all the way to Rhapsody and Rdio (listener as DJ).
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Among proponents and users of lean back music experiences, the argument rages over machine driven playlists like Pandora and hand curated playlists like Songza and other hand curated stations. Next fans have to chose which curators fit their taste. Here's how curators at Slacker and Songza approach Hip Hop workout musci differently.
Slacker Station: Hip Hop Workout - First nine tracks: 1. Kanye West, “Touch the Sky” 2. Azealia Banks, “212″ 3. Drake, “Make Me Proud” 4. Lil Jon, “Work It Out” 5. 2Pac, “I Get Around” 6. Wiz Khalifa, “Black and Yellow” 7. Busta Rhymes, “Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check” 8. Onyx, “Slam” 9. Outkast, “B.O.B.”
Songza Playlist: Cardio Hip Hop - First nine tracks: 1. David Banner, “Play” Jay Z& 2. Kanye West, “Ni**as in Paris” 3. Notorious B.I.G., “Notorious” 4. Ying Yang Twins, “Shake” 5. Kanye West, “Power” 6. Public Enemy, “Rebel Without a Pause” 7. Snoop Dogg, “Boom” 8. The Game, “Hate It or Love It” 9. Drake, “Make Me
What do you prefer Jukebox or DJ? Who are your favorite curators?