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15+ Places to Listen to Free Music Online
Who said you needed to actually pay for music these days?
We’re in the 21st century dammit! I want to listen to music wherever I go. I want to hear music that isn’t on the radio!
I know you’re the same which is why I put together this awesome list of 15+ places where you can listen to free music online.
Awwwww yeah, bring on the list!
Spotify – Spotify is my favorite, new streaming music service. I’ve been able to find just about everything on this network which is hard to say even when doing the rounds on blogs, YouTube, and other networks. It’s free which is always a bonus but you’re interrupted with ads every so often (which isn’t too bad – think of it like Pandora but you can choose everything – including full albums).
Grooveshark – Grooveshark lets you listen to free music online in a really clean fashion. You can search and find pretty much anything you’re look for, create a play list, hit play and sit back to enjoy. I really like Grooveshark which makes it part of my top 3 list, easily. This one’s definitely checking out.
DI.fm – DI.fm takes the cake at my party because of the uber selection of electronic music dance channels. Not only can you find just about every genre but what I like the most about DI is that they let the little guy take over the radio waves; you don’t have super ego DJ’s that control everything. You can tune into some of the most obscure mixes, talk with people in the forums and discover a whole bunch of great music while you’re at it.
Pandora – Pandora is the most known, probably, out of this list. It’s a music recommendation engine that let’s you listen to the music you want and helps find new tracks you may be interested in based on your preferred type of music. Usually I like to listen to exactly what I want but it’s always great to hear something new.
Youtube – If you really want to listen to tracks than look no further than Youtube. Although Youtube is a video sharing site you can find just about any track under the sun; leave it to the Internet to upload music in masse. I’ve found the most obscure stuff on Youtube that I couldn’t find anywhere else; thanks internet.
Blip.fm – Blip.fm is a pretty awesome music service that takes its own spin by adding a social layer. Songs you like can be shared with your friends on Twitter and a few other services (sometimes this gets annoying) but otherwise you can get your music on and jam out.
Last.fm – Last.fm is where it’s at; you can listen to all kinds of music, share it with your friends, create a profile and track your songs. The songs you listen to, even when linked up to your other players and accounts, will let you discover new artists along the same genre. So, you’ve got music discovery and music streaming; that’s awesome.
Yahoo Music – A little mainstream but Yahoo Music has got you covered when you want to listen to some of the more mainstream music and stations that you’d find on the radio. You can get active on the music service if you have a Yahoo account too.
Maestro.fm – Okay, it’s not so much a music streaming service but you can make it into one. Maestro is a cloud storage slash music sharing service where you can share your music with friends. Upload your music, link to your friends and you’ve got a pretty awesome collection of music if you create a big network.
TheSixtyOne – An indie artists’ dream, thesixtyone, is a music discovery site that lets people rate music that you won’t exactly hear on the radio; scratch that, you won’t be hearing this stuff on the radio but it’s awesome in its own ways because you get away from the commercial dribble and back to the roots of music.
Shoutcast – Shoutcast, by Winamp, has been around forever but is still rockin’. You’ve got thousands of music stations at your fingertips and even some video if you want to see concert footage and music videos. If you don’t feel like visiting a website you can grab the URL and plug it into Winamp, stream from there and listen your little ears off.
Soundcloud – Soundcloud is a beast when it comes to streaming music. You’ve got all kinds of producers uploading exclusive tracks, mixes and more. You won’t really find a lot of commercial music here but you get all that you can handle from the indie producers.
Live365 – Streaming radio stations? Check. Free music? Check. Live365 definitely makes the list. Live365 is an online radio directory where you can find a massive amount of great stations all over the world covering every type of genre you need.
RadioTuna – I got to beta test RadioTuna a while back and I really love their service. They aggregate music stations all into one place which works wonders when you can just search for a music genre and have a doze or more stations pop up. You can even listen to the stations in your browser, pretty awesome!
Deezer – Gah! The French are taking over! Well, if they take over music and make it awesome than I’m fine with that which is exactly what Deezer has done. Music, albums, more music, you’ve gotta check out this site to see if it fits into your arsenal of free music sites.
Myspace Music – Yeah, you know that old social network that you used to use and then jumped ship to Facebook? Well, while you were away Myspace did a huge launch in terms of music for a ton of artists that didn’t want to give up their pages. So, this means you can find all kinds of free music on the site; support the small artist yo!
Megaupload – Well, this one is a bit of a gray area but you can certainly find free music here. Don’t rush off to download commercial music cause you’ll get your butt in the can but don’t dismiss Megaupload right away because you can find a ton of royalty free music out there.
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