Undeniably, one of the best things about the Internet is that with a quick, trivial search, you can find just about any music you’d care to from classic R&B to the latest Metal and everything in between–and usually for free.
Free Online Music Basics
While it’s easy to find free music, the free offerings are typically an introduction to the services offered by the streaming site. Generally, free services will allow you to listen to your chosen genre, and favourite artists, but with your most beloved tracks popping up from time to time. Paid membership lets you create playlists of chosen tracks in the order you want to hear them, or they may let you upload your own collection.
How To Chose A Music Streaming Service
The best way to select a streaming music site is to install their app or try their streaming website and try their services. Can you find the music you like? How does it sound? Some sites may have social features such as voting, or playlist sharing. It may seem that a streaming site is a streaming site, but each site tries to find a feature set that stands out among others.
YouTube is primarily known as a video streaming site, but so many videos have been uploaded, that people often use it as a streaming site. You can create playlists, and YouTube will create a “MyPlaylist” for you once you’ve listened to a few songs and add similar music or variations. The problem with these auto-generated playlists is that they can be pretty random. You might suddenly get someone’s review or commentary of a song or a garage band cover rather than the actual, official song of choice. Also, except for Vivo, which are curated and better quality, you’re limited in quality and selection to what others have uploaded.
2. Google Play
Google Play Music will let you upload up to 50,000 of your songs. Music can be added to the queue while playing, and there are quick easy ways to auto-generate a playlist of music similar to a given song or upgrade how often the song should be played. There are links to where the song can be purchased.
3. I Heart Radio
The service is entirely free. There are no hidden charges or paid packages available. Users can create their stations based on an artist or an album, but you can’t add other albums or artists to those user-created stations. There are also limitations or how often you can skip a song per hour and a total of skips per day. You can’t download music directly, but there are links to Amazon and Google Play where you can buy the songs. There is an upgraded service that comes at a cost.
4. Last FM
LastFM was a pioneer of the streaming music social scene. Probably its most noteworthy feature is the scrobbler tool that creates a profile and learns what sort of music you like. There are many social features, and on account of its recommendations and tracking features, it’s an excellent place to find new music of the type you like.
There is a web app, along with apps for Windows, Android, Mac, and iPhone. The web app gives you full features allowing you to play any song, any time, with advertising. The mobile apps force you to listen in shuffle mode, but there are a few unique created playlists that will play through, without shuffling. You’ll still have ads of course. Free Spotify doesn’t allow downloading, so you’ll have to be online to listen, but there is a data saver mode to spare your data.
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