It is possible to listen to music without downloading it, as online services, such as Pandora and Spotify, allow users to stream music over the Internet instead of saving it. These services are so abundant that Time published a comparison of 13 popular ones in 2014.
These services allow users to listen to music online without taking up space on their computers. The features they offer vary considerably; Pandora, for example, markets itself as a personalized Internet radio that plays music based on previous likes and dislikes and doesn't allow for choosing specific songs. On the other hand, Spotify, another popular service, allows users to manage playlists and play specific songs on demand. Many of these services, including Pandora and Spotify, offer free versions supported by ads along with premium versions supported by monthly subscription fees.