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  • 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.

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