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Sites for Music Lovers

  • Late­ly I’m lov­ing on Apple Music. Yes, I could be a bit biased, but the com­bi­na­tion of iTunes Match and Apple Music means that I have access to most of the vast num­ber of songs I’ve ripped from CDs with­out tak­ing up all the space on my iPhone, and I can lis­ten to them any­where, as well as any­thing else in the iTunes Music Store. I’m look­ing for­ward to the release of the Android app, because when it comes out we can take advan­tage of the fam­i­ly mem­ber­ship plan.
  • Last.fm is a won­der­ful place to keep up with artists you know you like and to dis­cov­er new ones. The scrob­bling fea­ture works with many devices and pro­grams to track the music you lis­ten to, if you want to share that infor­ma­tion with friends (and see what they lis­ten to). I love the “radio” fea­ture in their own appli­ca­tion, but it’s just based on one artist.
  • Pan­do­ra is anoth­er way to dis­cov­er great music. Enter the names of some artists you like, and it’ll cre­ate a radio sta­tion that plays those artists and sim­i­lar ones you’ll love, based on the Music Genome Project.
  • Noise­trade is the place to down­load total­ly free, legal music from up and com­ing artists. There’s no junk here—it’s all good stuff, and you can find every­thing from folk to hip-hop to alter­na­tive to met­al and gospel.
  • If you don’t have a Spoti­ify account yet, go open one now. You can get a free account, but if you have a smart­phone you’ll prob­a­bly be tempt­ed into the pre­mi­um account before long, and it’s def­i­nite­ly worth­while. Their music library is incred­i­ble. The only songs I haven’t found there when I’ve searched have been filk (a regret­table ommis­sion, and one I have sug­gest­ed that they rec­ti­fy). You can share your playlists with oth­ers and even store your own music on their servers for lis­ten­ing with­out tak­ing up all the space on your mobile device.
  • Are you old enough to remem­ber mix tapes? Then you might enjoy 8tracks.com. Tell them what you feel like hear­ing
  • Musi­cov­ery com­bines moods and artists to suit your lis­ten­ing tastes even more close­ly.
  • Songza takes a dif­fer­ent approach, orga­niz­ing playlists by activ­i­ty.
  • I’ve always had a soft spot for a capel­la music, so I was absolute­ly delight­ed to find the Con­tem­po­rary A Cap­pel­la Soci­ety’s web page and Pri­mar­i­ly A Capel­la, a won­der­ful cat­a­log!
  • Need to look up an artist, album, or song? you need All­Mu­sic.
  • MusicBrainz is the very best pub­licly avail­able source of music meta­da­ta.
  • Discogs claims to be the largest and most accu­rate music data­base.
  • The Best of NPR Live
  • I just ran across the Ulti­mate Band List while look­ing for info on one of my favorite artists–it’s a very use­ful site.
  • BluesWEB is a must-vis­it site for any­one who enjoys the blues.
  • Dirty Linen is the source for infor­ma­tion about folk and world music, fol­lowed close­ly by Rootsworld.
  • Do you enjoy Celtic music? Vis­it Ceo­las and then hit Reel Music—the Celtic music net­work. Also, check out This­tle and Sham­rock.
  • Ladys­lip­per is a non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion whose cat­a­log is one of the best sources for music by women.
  • I love lul­la­bies so much that I may end up mak­ing a page about them–but there’s an incred­i­ble resource for Lul­la­bies and Oth­er Kids’ Songs already out there.
  • Can’t remem­ber the words to that song? Try one of these lyric data­bas­es:
  • HNH Inter­na­tion­al is an excel­lent source for clas­si­cal, Chi­nese and oth­er record­ings.

Last updat­ed July 28, 2015.