Ear candy! The best Windows 8 music apps

Windows 8's ever-updating live tiles may look pretty, but all that eye candy is just begging for some ear candy to match

By Nathan Edwards, PC World |  Personal Tech, music apps, windows 8

TuneIn Radio lets you, well, tune into thousands of radio stations from across the world, from public radio to streaming-only stations. When you launch the app youre greeted with your local stations, but you can drill down and sort by genre, language, locationwant to know what they listen to in Snow Hill Station, Antarctica? and more. The TuneIn Radio app even includes a podcast directory.

Search is integrated into the Charms bar, as is logging in to your TuneIn account, and you can easily pin stations to the Start menu. The Windows media keys on your keyboard work with the app as well. TuneIn is easily one of the better music apps I've played with in the Windows Store.

iHeartRadio

If TuneIn is chaos, iHeartRadio is order. Its another internet radio streaming service, but this ones owned by The Man. (Clear Channel, to be precise.) Like TuneIn, iHeartRadio lets you listen to terrestrial radio station streamsmostly from Clear Channel-owned US stationsbut it also has several stations exclusive to iHeartRadio, including rotating holiday stations, Chillax, and a workout station. Users who log in can access custom artist stations, like on Slacker.

One downside of iHeartRadio is that you can only access it from the US (or with a US-based proxy, if you're tricky). Thanks a lot, The Man. Like Slacker, you have a limited number of skips per hour in custom stations. You can search iHeartRadio for specific artists or tracks, but as with Pandora, you cant actually play them. Instead, you launch a station based on that song. Searching for Mountain Goats songs and clicking Counterfeit Florida Plates, for example, launched a station playing Mountain Goats and similar artists, but it started with a different song.

PRadio

Speaking of Pandora, the granddaddy of streaming music services doesnt yet have an official app in the Windows Store, but PRadio is a great consolation prize. The free, ad-supported app lets you log in to your Pandora account and gives you full access to your saved and carefully tweaked stations. PRadio allows you to like or dislike specific tracks if you want to continue crafting your stations; you can even modify existing stations or create new ones all together. The Windows 8 app works well pinned to the side of your screen and supports Windows Audio Controls. PRadio is by far the best way to listen to Pandora stations in the modern UI.

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