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If listening to music helps put you in the holiday spirit, you’re in luck. Options for listening to holiday tunes abound with tech. No longer do you have to depend on hearing your favorite holiday CD repeatedly. You can enjoy free holiday music from a wide variety of sources.
Pandora is an internet radio service that plays holiday tunes with a personal station, based on your individual preferences, or a group station, based on your favorite music style. To start creating your personal holiday tunes station on Pandora, go to pandora.com and search for “holiday.” Pandora will suggest artists to select so you can begin to build your station. Give a thumbs up or down to tunes to help Pandora understand your musical tastes and refine your station to your liking.
You can also enjoy shared stations on Pandora. These are stations compiled by others who have created a station and shared it with others. In the holiday genre, check out A Classical Christmas, Peaceful Holidays, Rockin’ Holidays, Country Christmas and Jazz Holidays. You can turn these into your own stations by giving them a thumbs up or down, or leave them as shared stations.
On the Pandora app on your iPhone or Android phone, you can choose from Holiday Radio or Classical Christmas, which are both shared stations, or create your personal station.
Pandora is free, but you can upgrade to commercial-free listening for $36. Gift subscriptions are available here: Pandora Gift Subscriptions.
Spotify internet radio also gives you free holiday music options. Spotify has compiled holiday playlists from eight different recording artists, including Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5, for your listening pleasure. Check out their holiday playlists through their Facebook page: Spotify Holiday Playlists. You don’t have to Like their Facebook page or authorize them to post on your Facebook account to access their playlists.
Spotify is free, but a premium subscription, which gives you enhanced features such as listening offline and via an iPhone or Android app, is $10/month. Spotify gift cards are not yet available in the US.
To listen to the Top 100 Holiday Songs, check out the NuTsie website. The songs are shuffled, so you don’t listen to the songs in the same order each time you visit the site. No need to have an account or log in with NuTsie, just go to the site and start enjoying the music. You can pause or fast-forward the songs but you cannot rewind them. Any song you listen to can be purchased through iTunes with the click of a button.
Local radio stations playing holiday music can be found on TuneIn Radio here: TuneIn Christmas Radio Stations. (For more information on TuneIn Radio, check here: TuneIn: Your Ideal Radio?)
If you’re a Sirius XM subscriber, check out their holiday schedule with channels such as Holiday Pops, Holiday Soul (beginning December 16), Radio Hanukkah (beginning December 20), Country Christmas, Navidad, and Holly. Find out more information at Sirius XM Holiday Tunes
If you’re looking for an iPhone app, check out the app named Christmas in the iTunes App Store. This app gives you streaming Christmas music from radio stations as well as a Christmas countdown, ringtones, emoticons and wallpaper. Get the app free here: Christmas App
After you have listened to holiday music to your heart’s content, test your knowledge by downloading the Christmas Trivia Android app. This app quizzes you on classic and contemporary holiday music performances. You can choose from 10 to an unlimited number of questions in each game. When you’re done, you can compare your scores to others on the Leader Board. The app is free in the Android market. Christmas Trivia.
Does holiday music help put you in a festive spirit? Do you enjoy discovering new sources for holiday favorites? Let us know in the Comments section below!