Here are a few thoughts on music services I’m in love with online. CAVEAT: Many, if not all of these only work in a limited number of countries due to lame licensing complications… typically the United States, often coupled with Canada and/or the UK. And it’d be wrong, oh so wrong to use proxies to get around this ;-).
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I just learned that on Last.fm you can not only play tons of (full length!) songs on demand now, but do so without even having an account. This makes it a great service to share neat music finds with others!
Downside: Individuals are technically only supposed to be able to stream a song full-length three times.
Other music services online that I love:
- Yahoo Music Unlimited, but it’s being discontinued soon, sending all of its members to…
- Rhapsody, with limited free streaming online and a service that offers memberships with unlimited streaming / tethered downloading for $13-$15/month. Great selection of artists and tunes!
- Imeem, which—like Last.fm—also lets you stream a ton of awesome music full-length for free… and on Imeem you can even embed/share it, too, but all of this only for folks who are logged in. Others get 30 second snippets. Still, better than nothing… and better than services like iTunes which require you to use proprietary software.
- Pandora, which doesn’t let you stream on demand or download, but it’s a fabulous (and free) online radio service that learns quickly what you love. Not just artists or genres, but actual sounds… swing feel, lots of trumpets, major keys, fast tempos, etc. Note that you can establish many different stations to fit your mood (big band jazz, laid back acoustic piano, etc.). Try this one out, create a couple of stations, seed ‘em with a few artists and/or song names, and then rate a handful of songs (thumbs up, thumbs down). You’ll be amazed and grateful :-D.
Have thoughts on the ones I’ve listed above? And are there other music services online that you love and I haven’t mentioned?
[Hat tip for Last.fm info: DeWitt Clinton]