Music has spread far and wide with various websites offering licensed streaming of music which could range from the latest Billboard hits to the Oldie Goldies. However, in the search for music websites, you should not discount the power of the radio. True, video killed the radio star – but where YouTube reigns supreme – it fails when it comes to streaming live music. This is a feature that is still the domain of many radio stations that have an online presence and it is these websites that draw many listeners from all over the world.
Here is a list of the most popular websites that offer free internet radio to listeners.
- fm: This is a music recommendation service that lets you discover similar music based upon the type of music you listen to. Their software, The Scrobbler keeps your library updated with music you’ve listened to on your phone, computer, music player or tablet and informs Last.fm on the type of songs you prefer, the tracks you play the most, the artists you prefer and other relevant information that helps them give personalized recommendations for each individual user.
- Jango: This is an internet radio site that allows you to make and share your own custom radio stations – all you have to do is search for your artist or genre of music you like and your station will play music immediately. You will get to listen to similar favorites of other Jango users that have similar tastes. You can add more artists and can indicate which songs you’d like to hear more often by rating the tracks.
- Artists Radio Online: This websites streams radio stations that are created by your favorite artists. Because the music plays directly in your browser, you don’t have to download annoying third party software to enable the music to be played – this is free music streaming at its best.
- Jelli: This online streaming radio service allows its members to decide what gets played. The users can interact with the live radio broadcast to decide what is on the playlist. Select a Jelli Station and tune in for a good listen. If you like a song, you can hit ‘Rock’, and if you think it really sucks – all you have to do is hit ‘Sucks’. If a track receives a certain amount of ‘Sucks’, it gets pulled off air. So what you decide matters.
- Radio? Sure!: There are two versions to this application – free and paid. This application allows you to access over 17,000 online radio stations and you can record at least two radio stations at the same time and packages the tracks into separate song files. If you are a paid subscriber to this application, you can record more than two, plus other benefits.
- Free Music Archive: FMA is a library of legal music which is available for free to the public. What is great about this interactive library is that registration is not required to download music – however, if you do register, you will be able to create your very own playlists to keep a note of the music you discover.
- Google Play Free Music: Google has joined the music band wagon and offers free MP3 songs every day and their library is updated every day so you can add then to your own library which can be accessed through your smart phone, tablet or even via your web browser.
- Music Oasis: This program provides users access to a library of high quality MP3 files to stream or download. This is a completely free software program and there are no limits or a restriction in terms of downloads. To keep the program free there are many ads that keep popping up which will offer you additional software which are free and optional.