It’s almost too often nowadays that you find your lonely self with just your phone, your earphones and some pretty fast internet to satiate that sudden craving to listen to some good music. Being at work, on a bus or plain sitting at home with nothing to do, finding the right kind of music online poses quite a formidable task with the number of options you have these days. But do you know your options? Are you stuck listening to something that in no way reflects the person that you are? Let’s look at some of the best choices you have to listen to music online.
This site’s the best place to visit if you feel like listening to a whole playlist depending on what atmosphere you’re in, good or ridiculously bad, and is my personal favourite when the pre-exam uber study mode is on. Click the explore tab and you can snoop around activity based playlists on anything from summer to sex and moods from calm to **** you! The only downside you might think is having to listen to a whole playlist put up by some random person on the other side of the planet but when you listen to the songs in them you’ll realise the world we live in is still a nice place to be.
If you’re the kind of person who is completely immersed in this one band which has been your absolute favourite for a while and you have this need to get to know more bands who play music like them then last.fm is the place to head to. You type in your favourite artist on the search bar and it links you to a radio show playing the exact kind of music that you need. You can create a profile on last.fm so that all your favourite tracks are easy to get back to. Some of these radio shows link up to YouTube videos of the track so you might get a little edgy with all the data it uses up.
If you don’t really trust playlists created by people you don’t know, Songza gives you a way out with the songs being posted on their site being “music expert” approved. Article posts keep coming up with titles that make you say “Yes, I needed that” or err.. “Dude, that’s just weird”. So if you feel like you need a playlist to be a “Guide to Your Perfect Summer Friday” you know where to go.
Jango, like they tell you, is “internet radio - free music that plays what you want. Shifting from channels playing music from the 60’s to blues and alternative is pretty easy and you can save up your the channels you like most. The good part about Jango is once you sign up you can check out what radio channels other people are listening to and it’s the better place to be visiting if you’re more of a soft listener.
If you’re absolutely bent on listening to something fresh and new, this site is the most popular place that artists put up their work for a free for a limited period of time. Just like the 8tracks ‘Explore’ tab the same thing here makes you pick a genre and lets you listen to what’s new from the pros or what’s trending in general. Their app for phones though lets you place mood based searches for playlists making it similar to 8tracks. Soundcloud, for me, gives the best user experience out of the lot.
This is site is like the social network for music addicts no matter what genre you come from. Signing up gets you into their communities to talk about what you’ve been listening to and peoples profiles show you the history of tracks they’ve been playing. Up front, you have the regular genre based playlists added to Grooveshark but interestingly you also have live playlist broadcasts put up by members that let you listen to the music and chat with other members listening to it on the side.
Tell us where you guys have been streaming your music from or if you have some nice additions to this list right here. Most of the sites mentioned have pretty amusing apps to give you music on the go and you should definitely check them out.
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