Do you like to listen to music before or while you write? Music can help amp you up for writing, get you into a creative mood, and offer inspiration. Here are 3 music apps that you may want to try if you like to listen to music before or during writing.
Spotify allows you to create and listen to custom playlists, as well as view and listen to your friends' playlists. Spotify also creates radio stations that contain songs it thinks you'll like based off of the songs you've listened to and the songs you've added to your playlists, so it's also a good way to discover new music.
With the free version, you can only listen to your music in shuffle mode (and you get 6 skips), and Spotify Radio isn't available. With premium, you can listen to any song on demand, have unlimited skips, not have any ads, and listen to music offline, all for $9.99 per month or $14.99 for a family of six. College students pay only $4.99.
YouTube allows you to create playlists that contain the songs you like. You can also listen to the "My Mix" playlist, where YouTube pulls together the songs you often listen to as well as other similar songs. YouTube does a pretty good job of pulling in a variety of songs that you'll actually like.
The free version of YouTube contains ads that can be very distracting, but you can pay for YouTube Premium for $11.99 a month. If you're on a mobile device, the premium version also lets you lock your phone while listening to the music (if you lock your phone without premium, the music will stop playing). Additionally, you can download songs to listen to later.
With Pandora, the free version doesn't allow you to make playlists filled with only songs you like; instead you choose a song you like and they find similar music for you. This creates a music station on your account, which you can further customize by thumbing up or down songs. You can create multiple music stations and switch between them. Pandora allows you to discover new music that you'll likely enjoy, but after a while, it does seem to start playing the same music every day (which may be a good or a bad thing depending on your goals).
The free version of Pandora includes ads and only allows you to skip songs 6 times (although you can switch to a different station as often as you like). The plus version removes ads, gives you unlimited skips, and provides offline radio stations, all for $4.99 a month. The premium version give you those benefits and also gives you the ability to search and play any song on demand, as well as make and share playlists for $9.99.
What music apps for listening to music before or during writing do you use? We'd love to hear in the comments below.
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