Listening to music has become an integral part of our lives. We listen to the music during a commute, daily runs, when we’re trying to relax, or when we just want to keep up with our idols’ latest tunes. These days we have a multitude of ways to listen to music online, and if you’re looking for something good to listen to your to one of your favorite trending tunes, this is the post you should be reading.
Here are 20 websites where you can listen to your favorite music on the go, online and for free. We’ve also included the iOS or Android apps that are made available by these music sites. Note that while there are premium options, if you opt to stay with the free version, you will be subjected to ads that help towards keeping the services free.
SoundCloud is an online service works by users who upload music for you to listen for free. You can search for artists, songs, bands, tracks and podcasts and explore music by genres, or check out what’s trending. You can follow your friends or other users with similar taste of music, or create your own playlists.
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Spotify is one of the most popular websites around to listen to music online. You can listen via your browser, mobile device, or a desktop manager which can be downloaded from Spotify. Once you are logged in, you can listen to the songs, create playlists and share your favourite music with friends.
Last.fm is a great site to both listen and download the tunes you like. It will also suggest artists you might be interested in, based on the artists you listen to. Music on Last.fm is sourced from services like Spotify and Youtube. You can choose the source of your choice.
Pandora is a free music streaming website where you can not only listen to favourite music, but also find new music you are going to like. Just enter a song or artist you like and Pandora will build a radio-like station around it, proposing new music similar to your taste.
DashRadio is another internet radio website that has tons of stations and different genres to fit in your taste. Find any station by genre and add them to your profile for future returns. You can also share your chosen stations with your friends on social networks.
Mixcloud is a place for long form audio, such as DJ’s music sets, podcasts, radio shows. It’s a great website for neverending playlists playing on the background for hours and hours. You can also create your own playlists here.
TuneIn is a free music streaming website. It’s simple to find local and global radio stations there. Radio stations can be searched by song, sports, news, talk genres and you will get results ranging from rock to religious music and business news among others.
Deezer is very similar to its competitors, Spotify and Last.fm. You can listen to 35 million songs here, sprinkled with short ads in between. Sign in to choose artists you like, and they reciprocate with genres you might like. You can also listen to playlists created by other users.
Musicovery is a bright and colorful website that allows you to find music appropriate to your current mood. There is a mood chart in the form of a grid. Pick a mood and it will suggest music for you. You need to register to shuffle songs and ban songs you don’t like.
LivexLive is a radio-style website, but unlike, for example, Pandora, listeners are not restricted to only being able to listen to radio stations. On Slaker you can listen to different playlists created by their experts. [Available in Canada and US only]
Myspace may seems qute odd for this list but they have relaunched themselves as a music and video platform. You’ll find a massive library of music in there.
iHeartRadio is an amazing music app and free music streaming website. Listen to live radio, stream podcasts and the news and create your own custom radio stations suited to your tastes. It also has a sleep timer, perfect for people who get lulled to dreamland with music.
After you register on Incus Tunes, you’ll get instant and free access to tons of music. Incus Tunes claims that they have more music than both Spotify and Napster. You can browse artists, songs, and public playlists.
Gaana is a commercial music streaming service providing free and licensed music. Launched in 2011, the website had a huge collection of English and Bollywood music to choose from.
Di.fm is a short for Digitally Imported. It is a multi-channel internet radio service focusing exclusively on Electronic Music. You can browse through the site to find upcoming shows and radio stations.
Napster is a music streaming website but it’s not for everyone. The good news is it is popular for its huge library. The bad news is its audio quality peaks at 128kbps, making it a poor choice if you’re rocking any kind of quality headphones.
Bandcamp is a great place to discover and support new artists. The platform allows listeners to listen to new music every day. New artists get to create a webpage here to help promote their songs to listeners.
As the “world’s largest international community of music lovers,” Grooveshark is a great place for finding new music, creating playlists, connecting with other music lovers, and sharing music across the Web.
You can also see what other people think about your favorite songs. You can also enjoy and share music on your smartphone with mobile apps for iPhone (jailbroken only), Android, BlackBerry, and more.
Download Grooveshark for Android.
The self-proclaimed “Internet radio made social” is a great place to listen to free music and share it on various social sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LiveJournal, and more.
You’ll get access to millions of free songs and videos and can even add your own songs.
You’ll need to connect your services in settings so that your ‘blips’ will be automatically shared on your favorite social sites.
With this free Internet player, you can discover new music based on artists that you like. Much like Pandora, Jango shows you similar songs and artists that match your taste; you can also customize your stations by adding more artists and rating songs.
Music can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, and via email.
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