9 Responses to The Best 6 Sites to Listen to Free Music

  1. Janine says:

    Nik, great recommendations. I had never heard of The Hype Machine and I definitely plan on giving it a try!

    As for the others, I personally think Pandora should either be last on your list or off it entirely. I use Pandora all day at work (because I have to) and I hate it more and more every minute. I can start a station with literally any artist- but it always comes back to the same popularish soft rock-y songs. My coworkers and I joke that despite our repeated attempts at a good, creative station- we always wind up with Adele, Journey and One Republic. Nothing against Adele..but I think i’ll survive without hearing “Rolling in the Deep” 7 times a day.

    • Nik says:

      The Hype Machine is awesome because it is changing constantly and always finding new and popular music.

      And I agree completely when it comes to Pandora. People don’t seem to care though because it’s the most popular internet radio player!

      Last.fm > Pandora

  2. Alexandria Russell says:

    I definitely think that 8tracks deserves a spot on that list! Check it out!

    • Nik says:

      You’re right, Alexandria, 8tracks is pretty cool! I especially like it because the playlists are user-generated rather than “professionally” curated. Also, like Last.fm and unlike Pandora, it is very socially integrated and centered around sharing and spreading good music with friends – something I always appreciate! Do you have an 8tracks account? I just made one!

      8tracks > Pandora

  3. Derek says:

    Spotify is great, but the heavy Facebook integration drives me nuts sometimes. I wanted to get rid of my Facebook, but I couldn’t use Spotify (despite paying for the Premium) without linking to my Facebook account. That being said, it’s really easy to keep up with what your friends are listening to, and I rarely search for songs/bands without finding them. I don’t even have an iTunes library anymore. I need to check out this Songza thing, I like the concept.

    • Nik says:

      Yeah, there are definitely some pros and cons to the Facebook integration within Spotify. From a business standpoint, it makes sense for Spotify to essentially piggy back on Facebook’s unparalleled population. Ultimately, I feel the Facebook-Spotify partnership is a good thing because it generates users and gives Spotify the resources to hopefully make a better experience for us.

  4. James says:

    Google Play is by far my most used music site. You can upload all of your own music and play it from anywhere. It’s like Itunes but it’s on the cloud. Gotta love the cloud! Speaking of clouds, soundcloud is also an excellent place to listen to music. Soundcloud is great for undiscovered amateur music which works well for me because I’m a dirty hipster.

    • Nik says:

      Gotta love the cloud, indeed! Google Play sounds pretty cool. I’m curious though about whether you can use it on iPhones since Google Play is so linked to Android phones. Might not really matter to you James, I was just wondering. Also, do you have to upload the music to listen or is their music already on there to listen to? And I’m assuming you need an internet connection to access it?

  5. Nicole says:

    You must put http://www.earbits.com on the list. They are just like any other online station but you could not see any commercial ads and you don’t have to subscribe or go to premium because they are all free. I found it very nice and interesting that’s why I want to share it here.

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